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February 9, 2010

1. Call to Order
Past Chair James D. Martin called the ninth meeting of the fifty-sixth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcement
Past Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.

Past Chair Martin announced that he was filling in for Chair Overton while she served on jury duty. He welcomed Senator Mark Walker, the new senator from the College of Management. 

The General Faculty meeting will be on March 23, 2010.  Please contact a member of the Executive Committee if you would like to add an item to the agenda.

The elections for Senators and Chair-elect of the Faculty are coming up.  The Chair-Elect serves one year as Chair Elect and two years as chair and one year as immediate Past Chair. 

Executive Committee
Past Chair Martin updated the Senate on discussions in the Executive Committee meeting. Topics were agenda items for future meetings and some requests for an update on the Korean campus. 

3. Approval of the Minutes, January 26, 2010
A motion passed to approve the minutes.

4. Comments from Provost Arden
Update on the Budget
Provost Arden reported that the revenues are a little behind predictions for the year.  It is unlikely that there will be another reversion for the current budget year, but there may still be a spending freeze.  For planning purposes we were asked to prepare a 5% permanent budget reduction for the next fiscal year.  

5. Update on Administrative Process Review
Senator Sawyer reported that the Chancellor put together a Steering Committee in October that was charged with identifying administrative processes in need of improvement or streamlining.  Over the past few months the committee has looked for all types of issues and policies that are perceived to be burdensome for faculty and staff.  There is a suggestion box on the website, and faculty is encouraged to vent about issues that they have had to deal with.  

6. Report from the University Research Committee
Senator Genereux continued to update Senators on the University Research Committee activities.

7. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:35 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                        


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