November 29, 2005
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the eighth meeting of the fifty-second session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Allen welcomed senators and guests.
Chair Allen reminded the Senators that President-Elect Erskine Bowles would be speaking at the General Faculty Meeting on February 14.
Chair Allen announced that she attended a strategic planning meeting this morning and noted that it was very interesting to see what our strategic plan is shaping up to be.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 7, November 15, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Memorial Statement for Professor Robert Burns
Dean Malecha from the College of Design read a memorial statement in honor of Professor Robert Burns who passed away on October 28, 2005 in a tragic automobile accident.
5. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger showed an eight-minute DVD that had been shown to the Board of Trustees giving a broad overview of expenditures and the bond status. The DVD contained a mixture of pictures, dates, completions, and dedication dates. Sixty-three percent of the bond funding has been expended which means committed and underway or completed and another 19% is under contract.
Capital construction on this campus over the last several years totals approximately $858M; $468M as it relates to the bond projects and $390M as it relates to non-bond projects and gifted buildings such as the Friday Institute, Joyner Visitor Center and the Dorothy and Roy Parks Alumni Building on Centennial Campus in April.
The Wolf Pack Club has supported the development of many athletic facilities. Chancellor Oblinger stated that more planning is taking place and there is a lot yet to do in the future. The additional campus initiated tuition structure that will be presented to the Board of Governors in February will be three hundred and twenty five dollars across the board in all categories of students and a $90.60 increase in fees.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that during President-Elect Bowles’ visit on November 16 many faculty, staff, and students had the opportunity to interact with him. President-Elect Bowles reflected that NC State’s was the only mission statement that talked about economic development and the statewide impact of that economic development. He emphasized staff and stated that the General Administration is here to serve you. Chancellor Oblinger believes he was very sincere and up front in all of his questioning and he also believes that he will be exceptional to work with. Chancellor Oblinger noted that President-Elect Bowles’ first priority is faculty salaries. The three items that the students wanted President-Elect Bowles to address were the student vote in the Board of Governors, the status of tuition increases that were being proposed and the predictability of tuition. He is in favor of the student vote in the Board of Governors. He understands the tuition situation. He explained about the federal budget and the state budget and he closed after he explained the pressures on both of those budgets.
Chancellor Oblinger commended the Faculty Senate leadership on the way it is attempting to communicate with faculty at-large relative to posting on the web an Executive Summary.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that the strategic plan on this campus has not been revised since 1995 and he feels that it needs to be done particularly with a new president coming on board. “We ought to state unequivocally what our territory is and how we plan to do it and the kind of support that we need to perform the way we are used to performing.”
Chancellor Oblinger congratulated Senator Linda Hanley-Bowdoin and Dr. Michael Purgganan on becoming American Association Academy of Sciences Fellows.
6. Remarks from John Gilligan, Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies
Vice Chancellor Gilligan stated that he has provided new leadership for the Office of Technology Transfer. About two weeks ago he hired Dr. Dave Winwood to be in charge of the tech transfer office. Dr. Winwood was previously in charge of tech transfer from 2000-2002 prior to going to Ohio State.
Intellectual Property and Commercialization Process
Approximately 20% of the faculty are engaged in some kind of involvement of disclosure of their intellectual property in order to create a possible mention of patents.
Vice Chancellor Gilligan stated that when you look at our patent and license activity over the past years it has been very good. The information will be in the Results Magazine, which will be published soon. It will show the number of disclosures made by our faculty, the number of patents filed, and the number of patents issued. It will also show the licenses from our patents that we generate to the industry and the number of starting companies that comes out of the minds of our faculty.
Vice Chancellor Gilligan also addressed a list of questions that were presented to him by the Executive Committee.
7. New Business
Senator Martin stated that one issue of new business that was discussed at the Executive Committee Meeting, which was inspired by a discussion from the Staff Senate, is they suggested that it might be wise for the Faculty Senate to also initiate a Legislative Affairs Committee patterned after what they are doing in the Staff Senate. Anyone who is interested in exploring a possibility should contact Senator Martin or Chair Nina Allen. Andy Willis will aid the committee as needed.
Immediate Past Chair Daley reported that each university reported on how they handled the budget reductions at their school.
The Board of Governors updated the six strategic directions that they already had and added a seventh strategic direction in economic transformation.
Emphasis was placed on health care benefits, why the legislature didn’t do anything this last session. There is a bill that is still alive and there is hope to try to get them to do something positive about the benefit package.
Chair Daley reported that the Board of Governor’s system is based entirely on budget and faculty FTE’s. Over the last year 475 new faculty positions were added to the system. Only eleven of those are at NC State, which puts us in the same category as NC A&T, Elizabeth City State, and UNC Pembroke.
Past Chair Daley feels that if the university is not filling these lines and getting new positions it is not going to be competitive in a number of areas.
Chair Allen adjourned the meeting at 4:35 p.m.