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November 19, 2013

1. Call to Order
Chair Zonderman called the sixth meeting of the sixtieth session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2. Announcements
Chair Zonderman announced that paper copies of the agenda will no longer be provided during meetings.  All materials will be emailed in advance and posted on the screen.

Chair Zonderman thanked those who responded to his request for potential membership on the Multidisciplinary Degree Committee.  

The Executive Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday at 1 p.m.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, November 19, 2013
The minutes were approved as submitted.

4. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden addressed issues that have come up regarding the sale of the Hofmann Forest.

Provost Arden explained that the big picture is they have a contract to sell the Hofmann Forest, which is 80,000 acres of working forest in the eastern part of the state.  Over the past ten year period, the average revenue has been about $2 million per year and in the last couple of years the timber value has fallen to under $1 million per year.  The forest could be sold for $150 million and that would be put into an endowment where it is very safe.  The spending account will be about 4% of the capital which would yield about $6 million per year to go to the College of Natural Resources for everything from hiring faculty to supporting graduate student s and undergraduates. 

5. 2014 Faculty Senate Elections
Immediate Past Chair Kellner reported on vacancies that will need to be filled by each college for the 2014-2015 academic year.  He also noted that the Chair-elect of the faculty will be elected this year. 

6. Presentations
Faculty Retention
Vice Provost Brown reported on the university’s retention efforts over the past seven years.

The presentation is available online at http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty_senate/documents/FacultyRetentionReportFS11-19-13.pdf

Cluster Hires
Senior Vice Provost Larick reported that the Chancellor’s Excellence Program started in 2011 though the planning started prior to then.  There were 72 proposals submitted and they were reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee between December 2011 and January 2012.  The Provost announced funding for 12 of the 17 proposals selected, on February 2012. 

The original goal was 38 new faculty and they have been successful on 20 planned hires, 4 opportunity hires, and one pending hire.  The College of Education came back and asked if they could be added to the cluster, so they went from 38 to 43 hires that will end up at NC State University as this cluster hiring process. 

7. Old/New Business
Chair Zonderman postponed the second reading of the Resolution on Public School Teachers and Advanced Degrees until the next meeting

8. Adjourn
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:51 p.m.

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