33rd Faculty Senate

Vol. 33, No. 4

October 15, 1998

I.  Roll Call.

Present: Bange, Betton, Duquette, Egle, Grant, Host, Kraemer, S. Krajewski, LeDocq, Majak, L. Nelson, Nyatepe-Coo, Prucha, Reithel, Roskos, Snowberg, Stroud, P. Taylor, VanVoorhis, Willey, Wingate.

Excused:  Haupert.

II.  Approval of Minutes.  No minutes were available for consideration.

III.  Reports.

A.   Chancellor's Report. In the wake of the announcement that Dr. Leo Lambert, Provost/Vice Chancellor, has been offered and will probably accept the position of President of Elon College, in North Carolina, Chancellor Kuipers praised Dr. Lambert's contribution to UW-L.  She stressed that he had not been actively seeking another position.  The chancellor has asked UW System President Katherine Lyall for permission to search and screen for Dr. Lambert's replacement.  Approval needs to be given by the Board of Regents.  She will appoint either the Dean of CBA, Dr. Rex Fuller, or the Dean of the Alliance of Education, HPER, and Social Work, Dr. Douglas Hastad, as Interim Provost/Vice Chancellor.  Searches within colleges will continue, as will all administrative searches except the search for the Dean of Student Services.  Filling of that position and reorganization of that unit will be postponed until a new Provost/Vice Chancellor is hired.

B.  Provost/Vice Chancellor's Report. There was no report from the Provost/Vice Chancellor, as he was unable to attend the meeting.

C.  Chair's Report:  Chair Bange reviewed some information from Senator Host, UW-L's representative to UW System's Compensation Advisement Committee, documenting the erosion of support for UW System by the state.  He informed the Senate that President Lyall's recommendation for faculty raises will be 5% and 5.5% for the two years of the biennium.  He then apologized to the Senate about Dr. Bob Krajewski's presentation on the Freedom Ride Bus Trip, because he had assumed that this was a university sponsored activity, when in fact it is a La Crosse Rotary Club activity.   Chancellor Kuipers noted that UW-L does support such activities in the community.  Finally, Chair Bange informed the Senate that he had met with Chancellor Kuipers on Wednesday, October 14, and had pledged faculty support in continuing initiatives begun by Dr. Lambert as Provost/Vice Chancellor.

IV. Resolution proposed by Senator John Betton.

The Senate had received the text of the following motion from Senator Betton in the packet of materials for the meeting: 

Whereas the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in a letter
of 14 October 1996 to the Department of Transportation supported option 5B-1
regarding the North-South Corridor and encouraged the selection of this
option, and

Whereas this letter was on university stationery with an address in Main Hall
and was signed "Chancellor" and whereas this letter could reasonably be
viewed as an official university position, not a personal communication,

This Faculty Senate instructs the Executive Committee:  1) To communicate to  the Chancellor that she cannot express an official institutional position on this issue as she has not been provided with such a position, nor has she consulted with faculty, students, or other campus groups regarding their position on this issue.  2) To request the Chancellor to write to the Department of Transportation advising them that she was not expressing an official position on this issue.  3) In the event that 2) above is not complied with, the Chair of the Faculty Senate should communicate to the Department of Transportation that the Chancellor was not expressing an official position on this issue.

Chair Bange recognized Senator Betton, who summarized the Chancellor's recent actions taken to resolve this issue.  Since Senator Betton felt that the Chancellor had complied with the requirements of the motion already, he withdrew his motion.

V.  Discussion of a contingency plan regarding administrative position searches and proposed reorganization of Student Development/Academic Services.

Chair Bange opened the floor to discussion of this topic, observing that although the Chancellor had informed the Senate of her intentions in the Chancellor's Report, the Senate still should provide input on these decisions.   A variety of opinions were expressed, to which Chancellor Kuipers responded. 

M/S/P (12-4-3 by show of hands) to recommend continuing the search and
screen for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology.

VI.  Old Business.   There was no old business.

VII. New Business.  There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment. 

The meeting adjourned at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Submitted by

Laura Nelson, Secretary