Organization and Administration FY2014

Committee Details:

Committee: Organization and Administration
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: 2014

Committee Description

Organization and Administration: (O&A) This committee considers and develops proposals concerning the structure and operation of university governance, reviews proposals for amendment to the University Senate Code and other documents to ensure consistency of language and format, and address particular issues relating to the structure and operation of governance as they arise.


Chair: Chris Anderson, Business (2015)
Lea Currie, Libraries (2014)
Elisabeth Berghout, Music (2014)
Patricia Manning, Spanish & Portuguese (2014)
Mohamed El-Hodiri, Economics (2015)
John Hachmeister, Visual Art, (2016)
Heidi Hallman, Curriculum & Teaching, (2016)
Marquise Paige, Student, Vice Chair,,
Logan Bayless, Student,
Qi Chen, Student,
Kevin Lee, Journalism, Unclassified (2016)
Brain McDow, Registrars Office, Unclassified Staff (2014)
Melodie Ash, University Registrar Office, University Support Staff, (2016)     
Peggy Palmer, Student Success-Vice Provost, University Support Staff (2014)


Approved by SenEx: June 10, 2013
Approved by University Senate: September 12, 2013

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx chair Nancy Kinnersley at
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office ( as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, SenEx must officially receive that recommendation by 4/01/14 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at Please include the names of committee members and submit the report by April 1, 2014. If the committee still expects to conduct business after April 1, please submit a report by April 1 and later submit any addenda that may be appropriate.

Standing charges:

  1. Be prepared to assist SenEx with the codification of proposed changes to the University Senate Code and/or the University Senate Rules and Regulations. (ongoing)

Specific Charges:

  1. Review the composition and leadership of the University Senate standing committees and recommend any needed changes in proportions of represented constituencies, or committee purviews.    (A list of committees follows.)  The following information should be obtained from the committee chairs:
    1. Is the name and description of your committee concurrent with its responsibilities?
    2. Is the size and composition of your committee appropriate?
    3. Are there adjustments that should be made to the committee responsibilities?
    4. Are there overlaps or gaps between your committee’s responsibilities and those of other committees?
    5. Is there a need to combine your committee with another, or should subcommittees be added?
  2. In almost every other faculty governance body and in most professional associations, the past-president has a defined role.   Investigate the utility of having a person serve as president-elect, president and then as past-president.   One pro is having the wisdom and knowledge of the president retained a year longer, and one of the cons is that the commitment made by the individual in that role is extended by one year.   Identify any specific duties the past-president might perform and make a recommendation to SenEx by December 2, 2013.

Meeting Minutes

Minutes from October 11, 2013 meeting (PDF)


Final Reports and Outcomes

O&A Committee Report on role for past president (PDF)

O&A Final Report FY2014 (PDF)

Organization and Administration FY2014