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Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Stewart Theatre
3:00 P M

1.  Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Introduction of Guests
Chair Daley acknowledged the presence of the Executive Officers of the university.

3. Approval of the Minutes for the September 29, 2004, General Faculty Meeting
Suzanne Weiner, Secretary of the Faculty asked for approval of the minutes. 

A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

4. Remarks By Peaches Gunter Blank, Chair of the Board of Trustees
We appreciate your attendance today.  We appreciate what the faculty does for NC State. Before I introduce Chancellor Oblinger let me share with you a few thoughts that I have about NC State.  First I want to let you know that your Board of Trustees works untiringly for NC State.  We have four or five meetings a year but that is not to say that every week I would bet that there is a trustee on this campus working outside of those Board Meetings all in an effort to make this the great university that we know NC State already is.  They are committed to students.  They are committed to faculty and we well understand that we ask you always to do more with fewer resources and we are working with you as the faculty in building this great university.  I thank you for your dedication and again appreciate everything that you do for our university.  I extend an invitation to you to be active in the life of NC State.   Todd Klamhamer ably represented the faculty on the Chancellor Search Committee as well as Dennis Daley who represented the Faculty Senate.  I hope that you will stop and ask him about process.  I hope you will ask him about commitment.  I hope you will ask him about a sincere interest in NC State and you will find that we are all pulling together to keep NC State moving forward.   When you are active on our campus and in the life of these university positive things happen.  I challenge you to do that.  We need you. 

I have been here approximately thirty minutes and no one has asked me why I am wearing Carolina Blue today.   I wore Carolina Blue today to send the message that NC State has a lot of positive collaborative effort with the University of North Carolina.  That is important to NC State.  It is important to Chapel Hill and it is important to the State of North Carolina and to the students that we serve.  It certainly reflects what the mission of our university is and that is a land grant university mission.

Most of you know Jim Oblinger because he has been here almost twenty years.  You know his credentials and you also know that he was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee.  I hope that will know that Jim Oblinger is a listener.  He is a great communicator.  Jim speaks about relationships and he builds relationships.  Jim’s philosophy is the very same in building relationships as it was when I walked on this campus and John Caldwell was the Chancellor.  Positive relationships are the keys to almost everything in life.  NC State is a great campus.  When I walked on this campus in the seventies we had no Centennial Campus.  Relationships have made Centennial Campus the envy of universities worldwide.  The Park Scholarships Program was not in existence.  It is a great example of relationships that produce results.  The relationship between Dorothy and Roy Parks with this university affords students the opportunity for scholarly studies with absolutely no cost to them.  This relationship affords the university the opportunity to collect the brightest students around.  I could mention so many relationships that this university has, just look at our giving totals.  There have been very few years and very few universities that can match the upward crescendo that we have had in giving.  That is the relationship that people have built with NC State and for me it is very personal.  I love my relationship with NC State.  As I said I came to NC State when John Caldwell was the Chancellor.  He was a role model for building ties and relationships.  I still have a relationship with people in my department.  As Dennis mentioned I am a product of Political Science and I can remember those folks.  I appreciate those relationships and as a trustee it is continuing relationships with former student body president that makes this labor of love really something rewarding.  The personal relationship to you faculty can call you home to serve this university and I hope that your relationship with students will always be strong and that you will champion this university in every activity and every walk of life.

I said that I was going to introduce Jim Oblinger and I talk about relationships because he is the master at building relationships.  Today he will leave and go on a tour around North Carolina not to build relationships because Jim already has them.  He is going to tell them about NC State, a message they heard before but they will hear it again and they hear it from the warm voice of Jim Oblinger.  You know he has a great sense of humor.  He does a lot of things very well, but when comes time to make a decision, one that has a great deal of seriousness about it, Jim is focused but he can always do it with that sense of humor that means so much to our university at a time when we really needed it. 

In strengthening our state relationship, Jim Oblinger will always put North Carolina State first. “It’s not about me”, he said, “It’ about us”.  We are NC State.  You know Jim is a doer.  His sense of humor as I said is what we really needed.  It is my privilege to introduce our thirteenth Chancellor, the man who brings a warm glow with arson responsibility; he is a builder of relationships and a builder in every facet of our university, our thirteenth Chancellor, Jim Oblinger.

5. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Good afternoon.

Thank you for being here today. As I look into the audience, I see many faces I have known for years.

I see people who have helped shape what NC State is today. I see new faces that will help us extend NC State’s legacy and put their own stamp on this great university.
When I tell you I am honored to have been chosen Chancellor of NC State, that’s not just rhetoric. Since being founded as a land-grant institution in 1887, NC State has continually risen to the task of providing education on campus and off campus,

We are a community, which means we are shaped by everyone on our campus. Our faculty, staff and students are united by a passion for knowledge and innovation, and for applying that knowledge in relevant, responsive ways that benefit our society. It’s an attitude and practice I think of as “Innovation in Action.”

We are not just about knowledge for knowledge sake. Applying knowledge is part of our mission. We are a well-rounded academic community. We have nationally ranked programs campus wide.

Is that an accident?  Is it luck?  Absolutely not.  We have earned our reputation through hard work, scholarship, partnership, leverage and the willingness to take an occasional risk.

We’ve earned that reputation.

We are innovation in action.

We point to our accomplishments with a sense of pride.  What about the outside world?  What do “they” think of NC State?

Well, let’s start with our SACS re-accreditation.  Because so many of you worked long and hard on this process, we satisfied all compliance requirements. Thank you for making that achievement possible.

NC State was among the first group of institutions to implement SACS’ new requirements of the development of a Quality Enhancement Plan that focused on a strategic issue for our campus.

You know that we decided to focus on “Learning in a Technology-Rich Environment,” or LITRE, to us improve learning through the effective use of technology. That decision says a great deal about the way our university community thinks.  It says we understand our students who have never known life without the Internet. It shows that we understand that technology is a tool for all our disciplines, and it says that those of us who didn’t grow up with this technology are open to learning and using it.

Also, noteworthy in terms of how the outside world views us is our rise in the rankings among our peer institutions. U.S. News and World Report ranks NC State the fourth-best overall value among the nation’s public universities.

What brings value to students?  First, it’s you, our faculty. What you do in our classrooms and laboratories brings definition to the NC State student experience.

The student experience also extends beyond classrooms and labs, and includes student affairs, housing, libraries, athletics, and much more.

There is more proof that NC State is a great university. In the 2004 edition of The Top American Research Universities, published by The Center at the University of Florida.  We have moved to 24th from 27th in the overall rankings as compared to 2003.

As individuals, our faculty continue to win national recognition for innovation and accomplishment.

For example, our SCALE-UP program in Physics has received significant publicity, most recently on Jan. 16 in the New York Times. Bob Beichner deserves the credit for this successful innovation in teaching and learning, a model that is being emulated by other institutions, particularly MIT.

Two weeks ago, Susan Nutter was named the 2005 Librarian of the Year by the Library Journal.

The list of faculty on our campus who have received Presidential and Career awards from the National Science Foundation grows every year.  Just last month, we learned that three more faculty had earned Fulbrights.

We are setting the standard. We are an example for others to follow. We are being noticed. We are a great university.

Our undergraduate and graduate students are bright, talented and working hard to become the leaders of tomorrow.  They continue to earn competitive national recognition by winning Goldwater, Mitchell, Truman and Udall scholarships and awards.  Our faculty are dedicated to a broad range of scholarship that is relevant today and for the future and our staff bring a level of dedication and professionalism that sets us apart.

We continue to hire outstanding faculty and staff, and attract top-notch undergraduate and graduate students. It’s up to me as Chancellor, and our entire administrative team, to create the atmosphere that will facilitate everyone’s best work.

Let me take a few minutes to restate the four-part framework that I mentioned at my campus introduction on October 8. This framework will enable NC State to maintain its momentum and growth, our relevance and our responsiveness.

The first theme was scholarship to meet the needs of the 21st century.
If we are to meet the needs of the 21st century, we must engage people in the external community and understand their needs as well as what we can do to address them. This ability to listen and provide meaningful responses also undergirds our ability to be an engine for economic development today and into the future.

The second theme was continuing to build a Culture of Innovation that permeates everything we do.
Innovation is a core value, regardless of function or role. Standing still in a rapidly changing world means falling behind. NC State must constantly innovate and put that innovation into action.

Our faculty push the frontiers of research in all our disciplines. You produce dynamic results as you pursue your disciplinary expertise, and you introduce innovative concepts to improve student learning. Our extension professionals take knowledge from the campus and share it widely across North Carolina. Our student services professionals develop new programs to ensure that our students are successful.

“Innovation in action” will be a key descriptor of NC State.

My third theme dealt with being committed to an inclusive and diverse campus in terms of both people and programs.
The university is first, and foremost, about people. We must continue an emphasis on creating the kind of campus environment that people want to work in, where a culture of inclusiveness and diversity prevails.

There is still work to be done. Last year, we held the first of what will be an annual black alumni conference, and began a review and analysis of the student responses to the Diversity Climate Survey. The University Diversity Advisory Council will begin a systematic review and update of the NC State Diversity Plan this spring. That plan was last updated in 1999.

To truly reflect the people and values of this state and our society, we must serve students who represent North Carolina, and who come to us from around the world. Our faculty and staff need to reflect this diversity, too.

The fourth of my October themes was operational capability and organizational effectiveness.
We need the appropriate infrastructure so our faculty, staff and students can work efficiently and effectively. Effective operations in every sector of our enterprise should continue to optimize our infrastructure and business processes. We must be forward thinking as we seek ways to keep this wonderful institution moving at the pace people expect.

NC State is a great university. In order to continue our positive momentum, there are several things we need to do.

One of the ways we will continue to lead is through creation of new programs and services that correspond to our changing society and the changing needs of our students.

A good example is our new Biotechnology-Pharmaceutical MBA Concentration within the College of Management.

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences recently received a $1 million Keck Grant that could revolutionize the assembly of nanoparticles.

And on the subject of services that meet student needs, we’re helping to ease overcrowded residence halls and off-campus housing with the opening of WolfVillage at Gorman Street and Western Boulevard for graduate and upper division students.

Every time we walk into one of our new or renovated buildings funded by Higher Education Bond money, I hope we remember that it is the people of North Carolina who, with confidence and pride in what we do here, made the construction possible. What an incredible investment in the future.

A second goal is the continued cultivation of campus-wide partnerships and cooperation.

Today, we can point to any number of interdisciplinary programs, within colleges, across colleges, and between colleges and administrative units.

Some quick examples: We’ve seen Cooperative Extension and Industrial Extension share space at out-of-state locations.  Great cooperation there.

Our two living and learning programs – WISE and SAY – also come to mind.

WISE, which stands for Women in Science and Engineering, brings first- and second-year female students and upper-class mentors together with the goal of enhancing their academic success. The program is a collaborative effort between Housing and the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, Natural Resources, Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Textiles.

SAY, or Students Advocating for Youth, is a partnership between the College of Education and Housing that brings together and supports students who are mentors and advocates for youth.

Functional genomics and bioinformatics on our campus are very successful examples of teaching and research collaboration among four colleges.

Our third goal is to never lose sight of the individual.
Even though NC State is the largest institution in the UNC-System, we will continue to make every effort to be the most personal.

At the faculty and staff level, we will place a premium on professional development.

At the student level, this means making sure that the total student experience reflects our concern for our students. As we consider how we can further this goal, two things come to mind: providing faculty mentored experiences for our students in research, teaching and extension, and making sure our advising strategies are responsive to our students’ needs.

A UNC System Campus Safety Task Force recently has made recommendations for improving overall campus safety within the university system. On the NC State campus, more than 90 percent of our own campus security task force recommendations have been implemented.

A fourth goal is to continue to grow enrollment while improving graduation and retention rates.
The numbers are clear. NC State is experiencing an impressive increase in four-, five- and six-year graduation rates. Our four-year graduation rate is at a 30-year high (36.9%). Our six-year rate (67.0) is up 3.6 points over last year, which is a significant increase, but there is still room for improvement.

There are few examples anywhere in higher education where a significant change in graduation rates occurred that did not directly involve an emphasis on mentoring and student interaction from the institution’s faculty. I thank you for your attention to the issue.

In order to sustain this improvement in retention and graduation rates, you, as faculty, can help by:

Let me now take a minute to talk about the funding that is needed to make all this possible.

For 2004-2005, NC State’s enrollment increase and campus-initiated tuition increases generated much-needed new revenues.

Much of this new funding was allocated to academic programs and academic support services through compact-plan initiatives with a goal of improving retention and graduation rates.

NC State set aside $2.1 million for need-based financial aid to help offset tuition and fee increases for undergraduate and graduate students.

In November, NC State was named, along with 20 other institutions, by the Council of Graduate Schools as a co-recipient of a $2.6 million grant from Pfizer Incorporated and the Ford Foundation. These grants will support university projects designed to address the issues of doctoral attrition and completion in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

Regarding the Achieve! Capital Campaign, we continue to surpass our ambitious goals. The volunteer and trustee leadership have raised the goal to $1 billion. The campaign’s public phase will take place in the fall.

The effort doesn’t begin or end with Achieve!  You are finding new ways of funding your programs.

NC State faculty had a record year in 2003-2004 by earning $208 million in external support for research and sponsored programs. That’s an increase of more than 20 percent from the previous year. Thank you for that excellent performance.

As we achieve our goals, we should always be mindful of our mission to contribute to the economic development of North Carolina. To “give back” if you will.

We can point to several economic development accomplishments in just the past year:

We must not just be internally focused. As your Chancellor, facilitating relationships is one of the most important things I can do for NC State. It’s also one of the most important things you can do, and many of you have.  We have much collaboration with Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, and other institutions.  The list would include Biomedical Engineering; the Triangle Research Libraries Network; the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory; the Research Triangle Institute and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center – among others.

Similarly, we will build collaborations at the vice chancellor and dean level, but we shouldn’t stop with North Carolina. We should think internationally as well. The College of Design’s Prague Institute is a great example of this type of thinking.

Tomorrow, I will begin a series of road trips designed to help me build new relationships for the university, and reinforce existing relationships. To maximize the impact of these visits, selected deans, faculty and staff members and students will accompany me. In this way, we’ll be able to clearly demonstrate NC State’s real-world relevance and our contributions across the state.

My wife, Diana, will accompany me on these trips. Many of you know Diana. For those of you who don’t, she brings her own perspective on higher education, based on her work as vice president of a major national higher education association (EDUCAUSE, which serves the IT profession) and as a former faculty member and university administrator. She serves on a variety of boards including the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Education and Human Resources and the National Academies Forum on Information Technology and Research Universities. She also chairs the National Visiting Committee for NSF’s National Science Digital Library project. And, she has been a long time adjunct faculty member at NC State. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit with Diana and me today as you join us for the reception that follows this meeting.

As I conclude this afternoon, I want to say again that I have great respect and admiration for you, our faculty and staff. You are dedicated; you ignite the imaginations of our students; you inspire them to apply their knowledge to real-world challenges and opportunities; you deliver groundbreaking, innovative research that changes lives; and your extension work reaches into all 100 North Carolina counties and the Cherokee reservation.

Because you see the challenge, you take action, and your actions deliver positive outcomes…NC State is a great university. I would like a few more minutes to share a few things about our legislative agenda this afternoon.

2005-07 Legislative Priorities

UNC System – Major Priorities

$73,629,935 (FY 2006)  – Recurring Funds

$100,296,285 (FY 2006) – Recurring Funds

NC State - Major Priorities

$2,941,079 (FY 2006) - $4,902,885 (FY 2007) – Recurring Funds

$1,921,600 – Recurring Funds

$3,722,754 (FY 2006) - $7,678,886 (FY 2007) – Recurring Funds

$927,340 (FY 2006)  -  $1,580,160 (FY 2007) – Recurring Funds

NC State – Capital

Centennial Campus

6.  Remarks from Charles Leffler, VP for Finance and Business/ Chair of the Provost Search Committee
The Provost Search Committee is a committee of seventeen appointed by the Chancellor before the holidays and this is a dedicated group.  We had an eight o’clock meeting on Monday of this week and all seventeen people were there which I consider a major accomplishment and an indication of their commitment.  We have eleven faculty members included in that group to make sure that we certainly have the faculty perspective on this.

The committee has engaged with the firm of ISAACSON, MILLER to be our search consultant and assist us with this search and has also met with them.  They have been on campus to interview a number of people throughout the campus to gather some input on what this campus is looking for.  What is NC State about?  What are the challenges that the Provosts are going to face when they arrive at NC State?

The committee has created a website.  If you go to the Provost’s page you will find a search icon for the Provost where you will find information such as a job description, committee listing, status reports, and a challenge document that is currently being finalized.  It will be used to help decide what we want to see in the next Provost for NC State. 

The schedule is a fairly aggressive one at the request of the Chancellor.  We are working through the process of such that we hope to bring candidates to the campus the first week in May for open interviews.  We will broadly announce that and there will be opportunities for any of you to participate in that search process.  

We do want it to be an open search.  We welcome nominations.  There is information about how to make those nominations on the web page.  We are looking to garner a very qualified and broad field of candidates for the position.  Thank you.

7.  Adjournment
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4 p.m.

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