23, No. 14, Feb. 19, 2004
Senate resolution encourages
trustees to retire Chief
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
The recently announced resignations of UI President James J. Stukel
and Urbana Chancellor Nancy Cantor prompted several resolutions that
were passed by the Urbana-Champaign Senate at its Feb. 16 meeting.
The resolution that inspired the most debate was a resolution that exhorted
the UI Board of Trustees to use the occasion of the president’s
and chancellor’s departures to formally retire Chief Illiniwek.
The continued controversy surrounding the Chief not only inspires divisiveness
and personal attacks that diminish the effectiveness of the president
and the chancellor, it also may hamper the university’s efforts
to recruit successors for Stukel and Cantor, the resolution said.
“What we’re asking the board to do is get moving on it now
because it is going to affect what happens in the conduct of these next
couple of searches and (we) would not have it clouding the horizon any
further,” said Dick Schacht, chair of the General University Policy
Some who objected to the resolution said that the decision to retire
the university symbol should be considered on its own merits and not
be tied to the searches.
Another resolution passed by the Senate conveyed the Senate’s
regret at Cantor’s decision to leave Illinois and commended her
for leadership and her willingness to take public stands on controversial
The senate also unanimously supported the General University Policy
Committee’s proposal to formalize the selection procedures for
major administrative positions that were outlined in a select committee’s
1991 report to the board of trustees. The guidelines in the report,
which the trustees reaffirmed in 2001 while seeking to fill the chancellorships
at Chicago and Champaign, called for regular and frequent communication
with faculty and other members of the university community prior to
and during the search and selection process.
In anticipation of the presidential search, eight faculty senators and
two student senators were elected to a slate of candidates that the
University Senates Conference is to consider for membership on an intercampus
consultative committee, if the university follows the precedents set
by previous searches and assembles such a committee to assist in the
Oliver Clark, executive director for public safety, presented his annual
report on the Division of Public Safety’s operations.
In other business, the senate approved:
- A proposal to
transfer the department of economics from the College of Business
to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Curricular revisions
to the cinema studies option of the LAS interdisciplinary major, the
engineering physics program and the undergraduate programs in elementary
education and early childhood education. The senate also approved
proposals to create four areas of concentration within the bachelor
of fine arts theater degree program and formalize three areas of concentration
within the bachelor of fine arts degree in crafts. The changes were
necessary to accommodate academic structure codes used by the Banner
- Slates of nominees
for election to the Athletic Board, the Educational Policy Committee
and the Library Committee.
- Revisions to
the senate bylaws regarding the composition of the university senates
conference so that the bylaws would concur with the university statutes.
The bylaws also were amended to reflect the inclusion of the Office
on Continuing Education as a member of the Committee on Educational