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April 6, 2010

1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the thirteenth 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
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Overton announced that the grievance policy that was passed in the Faculty Senate will be submitted to the Board of Trustees at their April 15 meeting.  The Executive Committee met with Chancellor Woodson yesterday morning to establish a sense of communication on the issues that the Senate has been discussing. 

Chair Overton had a meeting with Eileen Goldgeier, the new General Counsel, to discuss issues about faculty, Senate operations, and the legal office interaction. 

Chair Overton stated that she had breakfast with one of the candidates for the Dean of the College of Education and it was noted at that meeting that this was a new action.  She thanked Provost Arden for allowing the participation of the Chair of the Faculty.

Chair Overton announced that the Executive Committee has had a brief review on the regulation on external influence on curriculum.  They are also looking at the faculty personnel file regulation. 

3. Comments by Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Woodson stated that his background is in Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.  He has been at Purdue University for the last 25 years where he has served on the faculty in the Horticulture Department.

Chancellor Woodson moved into administration in 1996 while continuing to do science and teach.  He also served as the head of the Horticulture Department, Associate Dean of Agriculture, Dean of Agriculture, and more recently Provost. 

Chancellor Woodson stated that he thinks it is important for NC State to develop over the course of the next few months a shared vision for our future and to clearly articulate that in a way where we can get people reconnected to this institution. 

Chancellor Woodson announced that he plans to launch a national search for Provost over the course of the next few months.  He noted that they will not be interviewing and involving candidates for this position until faculty have returned for the fall semester. 

Chancellor Woodson thanked Interim Provost Arden for the fine job that he has been doing.

4. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 12 of the 56th Session
A motion passed to approve the minutes as written.

5. Elections
Chair Elect
Drs. Helmut Hergeth and Hans Kellner were elected by the Faculty Senate to run for the Chair-Elect position.  Their names will be submitted to the General Faculty for an open election and the person receiving the most votes will serve as Chair-Elect during the 2010-2011 academic year and Chair of the Faculty 2011 - 2013.

Athletics Council
Joy Gayles and Matthew Militello, both from the College of Education, were elected to serve on the Athletics Council. 

Faculty Assembly
Suzanne Weiner and Jim Martin were elected to serve a two-year term on the Faculty Assembly.  Secretary Helmut Hergeth was elected to serve as an alternate.

Procedure for Executive Committee Election
Chair Overton explained the process for electing members to the Executive Committee.

6. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m.
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