University of North Carolina at Asheville


Minutes, October 15, 1998

Senate Members: R. Bowen, W. Bruce, P. Caulfield, R. Dunning, M. Ghidina, J. Gupton, G. Kormanik, K. Krumpe, P. McClellan, C. McKenzie, C. Pons, I. Rossell, T. Rizzo, B. Sabo, H. Stern, G. Miller, P. Reed, J. Pitts

Visitors: S. Browning, T. Cochran, D. Lisnerski, T. Seitz

I. Call to Order

Dr. Kormanik called the special meeting to order at 3:18 p.m. and welcomed senators and guests

II. Faculty Representatives
Dr. Kormanik explained that the purpose of the meeting was to select five faculty representatives to serve on the chancellor's search committee. He received this charge from Mr. Rob Cranford, Chair of UNCA's Board of Trustees. The Senate has provided the names of faculty representatives on searches for chancellors and vice chancellors in the past.

Dr. Kormanik distributed a document from the Executive Committee on nomination and voting guidelines. These were based on practices used in previous search committees. Dr. Sabo made a motion to consider the document. Dr. Ghidina seconded the motion, which passed.

The Senate considered each guideline, beginning with Item 1: "At least one representative (and no more than two) will come from the traditional general division of departments, namely (i) Humanities, (ii) Natural Sciences, (iii) Social Sciences. Faculty elected will represent the institution as a whole."

Dr. Krumpe moved to amend the document so that one of the five faculty representatives would be nontenured. Dr. Rossell seconded the motion. The Senate discussed concerns that nontenured faculty may have, the need for a historical perspective, the need to have representatives who could remind the search committee of prior efforts, opportunities for nontenured faculty to meet with candidates, and serious mistakes made in prior chancellor searches.

At Dr. Pons' request, Dr. Sabo outlined advice he received from seven individuals who previously served on a chancellor's search committee, four of whom were faculty members and three of whom were off-campus, nonfaculty members. They offered the following criteria for selecting faculty representatives:

1) the need to understand liberal arts and UNCA's history;

2) the willingness to devote significant time. Hours of reading files, checking references, and making contacts across the country are vital;

3) the personality to get along with individuals from the community and members of the Board of Trustees, which has been problematic in the past. One off-campus person stated that the faculty representatives need to understand the corporate model of decision-making which many committee members will be employing. They must be able to compromise without being pushed around. And they need to be able to help the non-campus members understand liberal arts and UNCA.

4) representatives need to have experience with prior chancellor searches.

Issues raised in further discussion included the bruised feelings following the search involving Roy Carroll, the risk involved in serving on a search committee, the need to have the broadest representation with different views on campus whether tenured or nontenured faculty, and the need to be as diverse as possible without specifying different types of individuals. Following this discussion, a vote was called and the motion to amend the document failed.

Mr. Bowen made a motion that the Faculty Senate Chair will serve on the search committee. Dr. Sabo seconded the motion. Dr. Ghidina added that there is precedent for this as previous Faculty Senate Chairs have served on the chancellor's search committee. Dr. Rossell asked Dr. Kormanik to give the composition of the search committee. The search committee will be composed of five faculty members; five Board of Trustees members: Rob Cranford (Chair), Julienne Winner, Pamela Turner, J. Wells Greeley and Bill Orr; one administrator (Kern Parker); one staff (Steve Honeycutt); and one alumni/community representative (Gene Presley). Dr. Kormanik did not know who the student representative would be. The amendment to have the Senate Chair serve on the search committee passed.

The Senate accepted Item 2 as written: "No more than one person will come from any single department (ENVR Program is defined here as a "department)."

The Senate accepted Item 3 as written: "Nominations will be made and closed for each of these divisions, in turn."

The Senate then considered Item 4: "Voting for each divisional representative will proceed after nominations have been made for all of the divisions. If more than two are nominated per division, those with the lowest numbers of votes will be eliminated, so that the final two names will be voted upon." Following discussion, the Senate agreed to skip Item 4 at this time and return to it later.

The Senate accepted Item 5 as written: "Once all divisions are represented, nominees will be considered for the remaining positions, per (1)."

The Senate accepted Item 6 as written: "Once the five faculty representatives are established, the Senate will vote on the list as a whole."

The Senate accepted Item 7 as written: "Balloting will be in secret. A simple majority of those eligible to vote will rule."

The Senate returned to Item 4. After discussion it was determined that Dr. Kormanik would serve on the search committee as the Chair of the Faculty Senate, not as a Natural Science representative. Dr. Sabo made a motion to strike the second sentence in Item 4. Dr. Ghidina seconded the motion, which passed.

The Senate then approved the amended guidelines to establish the faculty representatives to the chancellor's search committee.

Dr. Sabo made a motion that the Faculty Senate would dissolve into a Committee of the Whole. This would allow for freer discussion, minutes would not be kept, and the Senate could work on building a committee with nominations but without any formal voting procedures at this point. The objective would be to arrive at some consensus of what the committee might look like before actually voting. Mr. Bowen seconded the motion, which passed following further discussion.

The Senate dissolved into a Committee as a Whole to consideration nominations for faculty representatives for the search committee.

The Senate reconvened.

Dr. Krumpe moved to endorse the following faculty representatives to the chancellor's search committee: Tracy Brown, Linda Nelms, Gregg Kormanik, Pat Snoyer, and Henry Stern, with Kevin Moorhead serving as an alternate. Mr. Bowen seconded the motion which passed unanimously. At the Senate's request, Dr. Kormanik will speak to Mr. Cranford and strongly encourage the search committee to contact minority faculty and staff to choose a minority representative.

III. Adjournment
Dr. Kormanik adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by: Sandra Gravely
                                        Marcia Ghidina