University Committee Meeting Minutes 2017-07-10
Minutes approved 07/31/2017
Approved minutes for July 10, 2017
Approved July 31, 2017, as amended.
UC members present: Amasino, Litovsky, Ventura, Wanner (chair), Warfield (by phone from 1:05 to 2:04)
UC member absent: Bowers
Others present: S. Smith, J. Richard, M. Felber, J. O’Meara, M. Bernard-Donals, M. Mayrl
Jack O’Meara reported that Madison will get a significantly smaller portion of the budget lapse than the percentage it traditionally receives of funding. Badger Advocates and alumni around the country expressed deep concern about this, but the Regents approved it nonetheless, indicating that this is a one-time adjustment and not a precedent for future budgets. Warfield asked if an earlier Board/System agenda item to permanently change the distribution formula is still on the table; O’Meara believes the topic will be up for continued discussion. O’Meara also reported on new Regent President Behling’s opening remarks, which were strongly supportive of non-academics in campus leadership roles. Behling also directly linked the recent changes to tenure to increases in state funding. Ample discussion ensued, on the above topics, other budget matters, and continued action on PBF.
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 approved at 1:16 p.m. The UC discussed an ongoing grievance case with Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Michael Bernard-Donals and Athletic Board leadership with Chancellor’s Chief-of-Staff Matt Mayrl. The UC selected faculty for an ad hoc de novo review committee and appointed a chair to the Retirement Issues Committee. Litovsky moved to reconvene in open session. The motion was seconded and passed at 2:24 p.m. After opening the door, Wanner adjourned the meeting.