March 1, 2012
A meeting of the University Council was held on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. on the Monroe Park Campus in the University Commons, Ballroom B, located at 907 Floyd Avenue.
The following members and alternates were present:
Officers: Dr. Michael Rao, Chair, Dr. Beverly Warren, Vice Chair, Ms. Kelly Kerr, Recording Secretary, and Mr. David Ross, Parliamentarian.
Administration: Dr. Nancy Langston, Dr. David Sarrett, Ms. Cynthia H. Andrews, Dr. David W. Hanson, Dr. Laura J. Moriarty, Dr. Ann Nichols-Casebolt, Mr. Mark D. Willis and Mr. John Ulmschneider.
Faculty: Dr. Stacy Dusing, Mr. Matt Wallin, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. D. Robley Wood, Dr. Joan Pellegrini, Dr. Scott Ross, Dr. Krzysztof Cios, Dr. Frank Gupton, Dr. June Nicholson, Dr. Holly Price Alford, Dr. Marilyn Miller, Dr. Maryanne Collinson, Dr. Steven Crossman, Dr. Linda Haddad, Ms. Kimberly Brady, Ms. Lynne Turman, Dr. Shannon Leigh McCallister and Dr. Danail G. Bonchev.
Classified staff: Mr. Jose Alcaine, Ms. Beverly Beaver, Ms. Melanie Boynton, Mr. Richard Fowlkes, Ms. Jacqueline Glover, Ms. Linda Johnston, and Mr. David Spivey.
Students: Ms. La Juana Chambers, Ms. Reetika Bhardwaj, Mr. Jae Lee, and Mr. David Aguero.
Guests: Dr. Frank Baskind, Dr. Charles Klink, Mr. Kevin Harris, Ms. Lathika Mohanraj, Dr. Rueban Rodriguez, and Dr. Napoleon Peoples.
Dr. Rao welcomed Council members. The minutes of the February 2, 2012, University Council meeting were approved.
A Proposal to Establish VCU Life Sciences as an Academic Unit that may initiate a recommendation for a Tenured Appointment was presented. Dr. Huff gave a brief history of the proposal and responded to questions. A motion was made and seconded, passing unanimously to approve the Proposal to Establish VCU Life Sciences as an Academic Unit that may initiate a recommendation for a Tenured Appointment.
A Proposal to Establish a Wireless Communication Device Allowance Policy was presented for information. Dr. Hanson discussed highlights of the proposal. There was much discussion with Dr. Hanson responding to questions.
The Proposal to Revise Corporate- Sponsored Research Policies was presented. Dr. Nichols-Casebolt discussed highlights of the proposal and noted that an email with these revisions would be sent out to the university community.
An Update on the University Council Bylaw Revisions was presented. Dr. Nicholson discussed highlights of the revisions and responded to questions. These Bylaw Revisions will be on the April 5, 2012, University Council agenda as an action item.
A Report of the President was presented. Dr. Rao discussed various items to include: 1) Campus Safety; 2) General Assembly Update; 3) the Quest for Distinction steering committee; 4) Campus building projects; 5) the search for the Vice President for Equity and Diversity; and 6) the launch of a major university Branding Study.
The meeting adjourned at 4:13 pm.