Faculty Council discusses its role in university affairs

Council agrees the search for new provost should be open, unlike the chancellor’s.

Faculty Council discussed the importance of making the search for the new provost open, led by both the council and the new chancellor.

In the council’s meeting Oct. 2, council member Dennis Miller told council that UM System President Tim Wolfe said the search for Provost Brian Foster’s replacement will be led by the new chancellor.

Foster is set to retire Jan. 1, 2014, less than two months after Chancellor Brady Deaton’s departure.

Some members of the council voiced opinions that the search be conducted in a joint effort.

“We felt that the search for provost should be an open search, and faculty should work with the administration, work with the new chancellor on the search for a new provost,” Miller said. “What I think we want to do is assert or use our shared authority ... to work with the chancellor when it’s time to get a new provost.”

The council discussed the belief that it should have a voice, regardless of the search’s nature.

They also reviewed a resolution, written by Miller and Faculty Council chairman Craig Roberts, about the matter.

“Be it resolved that the faculty council strongly recommends to the chancellor of the University of Missouri that the faculty have shared authority, in which the faculty participates with the chancellor, in all aspects of the process to hire a new provost,” the resolution stated.

The resolution will be delivered to the new chancellor after the selection is announced.

Fiscal Affairs Committee chairman Sudarshan Loyalka also brought up a motion that recommended the College of Arts and Science pursue a supplemental fee. This fee would come in the form of a lab fee, such as the ones other colleges on campus require.

Loyalka said all schools within the university except arts and science currently have fees “to enhance educational experiences of the students.”

He said the fee could be used to fund fellowship programs, various events and travel expenses for students in the college.

In the past, the idea has been met with hesitation by Foster, said Cooper Drury, council and Fiscal Affairs committee member.

Council member Harry Tyrer expressed an understanding of Foster’s feelings.

“If arts and sciences gets a supplemental fee,” he said. “Then the Board of Curators, and more importantly the general assembly, will see that as tuition and will limit our ability to increase the tuition to whatever those boundaries are.”

The council discussed advising this motion despite the arts and science committee’s hesitation, but no final decision was made.

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