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1. Hood commented on his meeting with the Chancellor, especially his giving to the Chancellor a report on faculty leaves prepared by the Budget committee.On another note from the meeting, the bylaws have been amended to include faculty (non- voting) participation on Board committees, with the exceptions of Executive and Finance committees. The Athletics committee was abolished, the duties to be absorbed by the present Athletics Board on each campus. Silverstein pointed out that the new bylaws said that faculty participation on Board committees was at the option of the President. Hood agreed to write to President Alexander about faculty participation. (Silverstein asked that copies be sent to members of the Board of Trustees.) Moffett raised the point that earlier the sale of the chancellor's house was, at least in part, to go to academic programs, not an addition to the faculty club. Moffett said she thought this was a misappropriation of funds. Silverstein agreed. Hood said nothing was said in the Board of Trustees meeting that indicated action had been taken by the Board that mandated money from this property would go to academic programs. Mayhew broadened the argument to whet-her $350,000 from any University funds should have been allocated to the faculty club. After further discussion, Lester moved (2nd Moffett) that resolution be submitted to Senate directed to the Board that this is an inappropriate use of Funds. Everett, said he hoped resolution be worded so that we could say that at this time such an expenditure was inappropriate. There was some confusion as to whether University funds and gift. money were treated separately. After more discussion, it was agreed that a committee of Lester, Silverstein, and Yarbrough would gather, pertinent information and draft resolutions to be brought to the Senate in two weeks. Motion passed eight-four.
2. Hood summarized the Board of Trustees meeting of September 29, especially his formal remarks on recruitment, leaves, teaching evaluations, etc. At the Board meeting, the matter of bylaws arose, especially on the presidential. search process. The Board (lid write an article on this, but made faculty participation optional in the process. Hood said he lobbied to make faculty participation mandatory but to no avail.
1. Hood reported that information was being collected on how much faculty leaves have cost in the last five years and how faculty were replaced (if at all).OLD BUSINESS
2. Hood said we were not represented at the fall meeting of the Tennessee Higher Education Faculty Assembly, due to short notification. Hood has asked for more notification time in the future in a letter to the current President Arch Griffin, Shelby State Community College.
3. Hood spoke briefly on what the Educational Policy Committee will bring to the Senate at its next meeting, including a report on SAMS. The EPC report to the members of the Senate was distributed.
1. Resolution on sale of Chancellor's house. Silverstein reported on the resolution on this issue drafted by a subcommittee of the Executive Committee (resolution attached).*Subsidy includes a direct payment from the UTK budget of $42,346 and $50,379 for utilities. The Club was given the building rent-free along with maintenance of property, furniture and services of UT payroll and auditing without charge.
After Silverstein's presentation, VP Johnson gave a brief history of the faculty club and offered points in support of the use of part of the funds from the sale of the Chancellor's house to improve the faculty club. There followed some questions as to the status of the club legally and as to the extent to which systems people had taken the initiative instead of the campus administration, said that he was consulted by Homer Fisher on the faculty club issue before the matter was brought to the Board of Trustees.
Max Robinson (President, faculty club) and Frank Leuthold (President-elect and on faculty club long-range planning committee) presented data. At present, club capacity is 150 (in 6 dining rooms) with the largest dining room able to accommodate 45-50. Proposed addition would more than double the club's capacity and improve the kitchen. Active university faculty and staff exempt membership equals 577, with 154 emeritus, 434 honorary, and 56 affiliate members. There are, 166 active accounts for Colleges, Administrators, Departments, and Programs. Of a total income from operations of $597,661, these units spent $155,931 at the club. This is 26% of the income.
Operating loss for FY 88-89 was $108,971 (and an after-subsidy* loss of $16,246). A question on dues revealed that all membership categories pay $15 dues/month except emeritus members who pay $8. In addition all members pay a minimum food charge of $10/month which applies to any meals eaten during that month. After the presentations were completed, the discussion turned to the question of whether the club served academic purposes, and whether this was a wise expenditure of the funds expected from the sale. Joe Johnson stated that Alexander's interpretation of the improvement of a building used by the faculty was an academic purpose. The question of whether the decision as to how to allocate funds was made by campus personnel was raised again. John Quinn reiterated that Alexander and Fisher had spoken with him some time before the Board of Trustees meeting to determine how he felt about the proposed use of the funds for the faculty club and for fellowships. He endorsed the proposed use. An additional question regarding the annual subsidy from the UTK budget drew the information that the direct payment in FY 87-88 was $85,324 so that this year has shown a decline of $43,000 in the amount of the subsidy. The proposed addition would hopefully bring additional decline and perhaps elimination of the need for a subsidy. Ken Kenny summarized the discussion by stating the following points: The Faculty Club is useful to the university Community. The problem is priority and needs. A poll of faculty would place an addition to the faculty club building at a lower priority than such other needs as higher student stipends and journal purchases for the library. The Faculty Club is a business enterprise and one which is subsidized by the University. Allocation of the proceeds of the sale for an addition to the club could produce a negative reaction from legislators and state officials in Nashville.
A brief document projecting revenues to be realized by two different renovation and expansion plans for the club was circulated. These projections offered hypothetical budgets showing how an expansion would expand revenues thereby reducing or eliminating annual deficits. Lester questioned the assumption, "Revenue projections reflect having a full liquor license." Johnson replied that state law does not prohibit alcohol on University owned property; alcohol is prohibited by University policy only. Van Hook moved (2nd Cleland) to table the resolution. Motion to table failed 6-7 with two not voting.
Article II.1.B., sentence beginning on line 8: Change "The faculty of each college or division ... shall elect its representatives to the Senate in February of each year ..." to "The faculty of each college or division ... shall elect its representatives to the Senate by February 15 ..."The proposed bylaws changes were approved unanimously.
Article II.1.B.(1), first sentence: Change "Elective seats shall be apportioned in January of each year ..." to "Elective seats shall be apportioned in October of each year ..."
1. Hood reported that the joint committee on departmental administration has met and is working.Grade Appeals Committee (report Cleland):
2. Hood reported that proceeds from the Orange and White football game ($35,000) have been donated to the library, and Coach Ma ors j said that around $200,000 would be donated later.
3. Board of Trustees will meet on June 21. At that meeting a change in the faculty handbook deleting faculty appeals beyond the Chancellor and President to the Board of Trustees will be voted on and probably approved.
Receiving compensation equivalent to the services rendered and not to exceed an average of 10 hours per calendar week.Should be returned to the Senate as amended. Motion carried unanimously.