October '23 Updates from University Governance

Dear all,

Fall Break is just around the corner! Business has really kicked off within University Governance. Student Senate will soon be holding elections for a record freshman class. Meet the Student Senate Executive Branch and read the first of a series of monthly interviews from the University Daily Kansan with Student Body President Turner Seals and Student Body Vice President DaNae Estabine.

Our Governance committees are getting started organizing their efforts for the year with new chairs, members, and charges. The Academic Policies & Procedures Committee has already wrapped up public hearings for active program discontinuance and the Planning & Resources Committee will be co-hosting the upcoming Public Forum with CFO Jeff DeWitt (details below).

Senate Meetings

We have a series of important speakers lined up for Senate meetings this fall! Attending Governance meetings is a great opportunity to hear from campus leaders and gain insight into how University Governance functions. See below for the upcoming schedule and meeting information.

Staff Senate

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 12:00 p.m. – Nicole Hodges Persley, Vice Provost of DEIB

Join via Zoom: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/98043421602

  • Meeting ID: 980 4342 1602
  • Passcode: 442266

Faculty Senate

Thursday, Oct. 12, 3:15 p.m. – Neal Kingston, University Distinguished Professor, Educational Psychology (Competency-Based Education)

Join via Zoom: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/97818722442

  • Meeting ID: 978 1872 2442
  • Passcode: 916411

University Senate

Thursday, Nov. 2, 3:15 p.m. – Lauren Jones McKown, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office Civil Rights & Title IX

Join via Zoom: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/97871612506

  • Meeting ID: 978 7161 2506
  • Passcode: 956978

CFO Public Forum

Monday, Nov. 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Burge Union Forum C | Zoom TBA

University Governance is sponsoring a hybrid public forum with Jeff DeWitt, KU’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance, as an outcome of the Shared Governance Advisory Group recommendations. The CFO will give a short presentation on KU’s current financial situation and plan, which will be followed by questions from the audience. Kristin Villa, University Senate President, and Jin Feng, Chair of the University Senate Planning and Resources Committee, will facilitate.

We recommend that you watch the Chancellor’s budget update with the CFO from Spring 2023 to learn more about KU’s finances ahead of time. Attend the forum to ask questions about the following topics and more:

  • Working the state’s budget into KU’s long-term financial planning
  • Strategic enrollment management
  • All-Funds Initiative
  • Continuous Improvement Program
  • The ongoing Competitive Pay Study

You can also submit questions if you anticipate not being able to attend.

The forum will be recorded for record-keeping and may be made available at University Governance’s discretion.

Join via Zoom: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/97306538068

  • Meeting ID: 973 0653 8068
  • Passcode: 614336


As always, please contact your senate president or the Governance Office if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

Rock Chalk!


Victor Gonzalez, Faculty Senate President

Chris Wallace, Staff Senate President

Turner Seals, Student Body President

DaNae Estabine, Student Body Vice President

Kristin Villa, University Senate President