University Committee Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved 03/19/2018
Approved Minutes for March 5, 2018 Approved March 19, 2018, as amended.
UC members present: Bowers, Litovsky, Ventura, Wanner (chair), Warfield
UC member absent: Amasino
Others present: S. Smith, J. O’Meara, J. Richard, M. Felber, H. Daniels, B. Barrett, J. Brown, C. Springer, M. Mayrl
Chair Anja Wanner called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. Discussion about possibly cancelling the 12 March UC meeting led to zero complaints. This was followed by discussion of Senate agenda, most specifically revisions to the resolution on shared governance. The minutes of the meeting of February 19, 2018, were approved. Jack O’Meara raised the possibility of having President Cross talk to the Madison Faculty Senate and reported on LAB report. Michelle Felber reported on upcoming shared governance forum.
Nelson Institute Director Paul Robbins, FP&M Director David Darling, FP&M Deputy Director Margaret Tennessen, and Interim Co-Director of Sustainability Cathy Middlecamp discussed actions related to sustainability on campus, starting with how we got to where we are now and next steps moving forward. [Link] Ample discussion interspersed with presentation. Approach to sustainability on campus pairs FP&M with education/research in holistic (and fairly unique) arrangement. Campus leads in some areas and lags in others, including getting the word out and benchmarking. PVL for Director of Sustainability now out. Advisory group will be formed through governance, likely next year.
Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims briefly previewed his presentation to the Faculty Senate and spent the bulk of his time discussing the history and structure of the CDCC with the UC, in anticipation of the first reading of changes to that committee at Faculty Senate. Chancellor Rebecca Blank reported on the addition of BAMI to the Extension merger, cluster hires, searches (D2P, CIO, VP for libraries, VCSA), her meetings with legislators, budget meetings with deans, and the travel schedule that will keep her from UC meetings for the rest of the month. Discussion followed about those topics, as well as Cooperative Extension, meetings with agricultural leaders, and new regents.
Terry Warfield moved to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded and passed at 2:40 p.m. on the nose and the UC discussed and considered various names for a working group on tenure issues related to the return of UW Extension to Madison. Ruth Litovsky moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed at 2:59 p.m., at which point Wanner adjourned the meeting.