20, No. 14, Feb. 15, 2001
Senate action moves Research
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Senate on Monday narrowly approved a change in the university statutes
that effectively would move the Campus Research Board from the Graduate
College to the province of the vice chancellor for research.
The change was put forward in the aftermath of a reorganization that
took effect last May that made the dean of the Graduate College and
vice chancellor for research into two distinct positions. Both positions
previously had been held by the same person.
The proposal, on its second reading at Mondays meeting, called
for the boards eight to 12 members to be appointed by the chancellor
in consultation with the "vice chancellor responsible for research
and with the leadership of that campuss senate." It also
called for the vice chancellor to chair the board.
Under the existing statute, the board is appointed by the chancellor
after consultation with the dean and the executive committee of the
Graduate College, and the dean chairs the board.
The change was described as an obvious necessity by Robert Fossum, chair
of the Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures, which
presented the proposal. Geneva Belford, professor of computer science,
said the move made sense and described the proposal as housekeeping.
But other senators took issue with the proposal and urged voting against
it, among them Stephen Kaufman, a professor of cell and structural biology,
and Walter Klemperer, a professor of chemistry.
Kaufman noted that the previous arrangement had served the campus well
and he questioned the logic behind the change.
After 20 to 30 minutes of debate, the senate approved the proposal by
a show of hands, 50-46.