September 4, 1998

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Crew (Chairperson), Barone, Carey, Krantz, Mayer, Rabinowitz, Scott (Vice Chairperson) , Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

EXCUSED:  Tripolitis

ALSO ATTENDING:  D’Jamoos (Student BOT Representative), Janes (Faculty BOG Representative), Koehler (Alumni Liaison), Lawrence (Administrative Liaison), Locicero (Graduate Student BOT Representative), Manganaro (NB Faculty Liaison), Mickelsen (Senate Administrative Assistant), Naus (Faculty BOT Representative), Seneca (Administrative Liaison), Sigel (Faculty BOT Representative)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, September 4, 1998 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus, the Chair and Secretary being present.

Chairperson’s Report:  Chairperson Crew called the meeting to order and asked all present to introduce themselves.  During introductions, Senator Seneca said that the day’s meeting location was a considerable improvement over the usual accommodations in the Rutgers Student Center, and Senator D’Jamoos conveyed Senator Ruvolo’s request to be excused from the meeting due to a scheduling conflict.  Secretary Swalagin will request additional funding to hold future meetings in the President’s Dining Room at Brower Commons.

Secretary's Report:  Minutes of the June 5, 1998 Executive Committee meeting were approved. The following communications were presented to the Executive Committee, and acted upon as indicated:

Administrative Report:  President Lawrence presented the administrative report, which included:  a review of the recent and very positive Middle States accreditation report; the success of the current fundraising campaign, in which last year’s goals were surpassed and nearly $59 million was raised, as well as plans and goals for future fundraising; his discussions with Rita Colwell, incoming director of the NSF, and her acceptance of his invitation to visit and speak at Rutgers on September 28; summary of progress on RUNet 2000 and its funding; comments on the disappointing state budget, and plans to stress the importance of adequate base funding and restoration of funding for deferred maintenance.  

University Vice President Seneca provided further details on the state budgeting, noting that the actual increase was about 2.5 percent of base, or $7.5 million.  

The administrative report also included:  announcement that Richard Levao, Class of 1970, had become chair of the Board of Governors; 122 tenure and tenure-track faculty appointments; appointment of new deans in Engineering, SCILS, Camden Law and FAS, and Newark Criminal Justice and FAS; and progress on responding to the Senate’s activities regarding federally mandated discrimination against homosexuals by ROTC.  

President Lawrence gave an update of his AAU and NASULGC activities, including:  Rutgers’ strong influence on the unanimously accepted Report on Graduate Education, the recommendations of which will be followed by all AAU institutions; and completion of the Report on Lifelong Learning, which will be reviewed in October.  

Senator Sigel noted that the President of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology is stepping down, and asked President Lawrence if he had made any nominations for that position. President Lawrence responded that he had.

University Vice President Seneca summarized the year’s 122 tenured and tenure-track faculty appointments across all campuses, noting that is a 30 percent increase over last year’s appointments. Chairperson Crew asked about retirement rates among faculty. Senator Seneca’s response included comments on University activities in that area.

President Lawrence concluded with comments on continuing Reinvest in Rutgers initiatives, saying that would be a focus of his upcoming State of the University address.

Campus Faculty Liaisons:  Senator Manganaro, New Brunswick Faculty Council chair, reported on the May 8, 1998 NB Faculty Council meeting and planned agenda for the upcoming September 18, 1998 meeting.

Report of the Representatives to Board of Governors and Board of Trustees:  Senator Janes, Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors, reported on the June 10 and July 12, 1998 meetings of the Board of Governors.  [Meeting summary distributed with the September 25, 1998 Senate meeting packet.]

September 25 Senate Meeting Agenda:  Chairperson Crew said that Richard Levao, chair of the Board of Governors, had accepted his invitation to attend the September 25 luncheon reception and to address the Senate at the September 25 Senate meeting.  In response to Chairperson Crew’s reiterating the need to stress to standing committee chairs that initiative be taken in their committee activities, Vice Chairperson Scott moved to ask the committee chairs to meet with the Executive Committee.  Secretary Swalagin will invite all standing committee chairs to discuss their planned activities at the next Executive Committee meeting.

September 25, 1998 Senate Meeting:  Agenda items were docketed as follows:  

Old Business:  There was no old business.

New Business:  There was no new business.

Adjournment:  There being no further business before the Executive Committee, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 2:18 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate