Organization and Administration FY2016

Committee Details:

Committee: Organization and Administration
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: 2016

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.

The Committee on Organization and Administration shall be composed of seven faculty members serving staggered three-year terms, four representatives from the staff serving staggered three-year terms, and three students serving one-year terms.



Chair: John Hachmesiter, Visual Art, (2016)
Faculty: Julie Petr, Libraries, (2018)
Faculty: Anthony Walton, Geology, (2018)
Faculty: Mikhail Medvedev, Physics and Astronomy (2017)
Faculty: Z. Charlie Zheng, Aerospace Engineering (2017)
Faculty: Aaron Clopton, HSES (2017)
Faculty: Heidi Hallman, Curriculum & Teaching, (2016)
Staff: Amy Bell, Business (2018)
Staff: Amanda Henry, Research Information Systems (2017)
Staff: Janet Phillips, Financial Aid & Scholarships (2016) 
Staff: Tanya Spacek, Animal Care Unit (2017)
Student & Vice Chair: Brent Lee,
Student: Katlyn Meggers,
Student: Maren Hansen,


Approved by SenEx: May 27, 2015
Approved by University Senate: September 10, 2015
Updated by SenEx February 23, 2016


  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Michael Williams
  • 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 March 29, 2016 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, and submit the final report by April 15, 2016.

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. Consider, then if appropriate,
    1. propose the inclusion of the AAUP 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities in a preamble to the USRRs and FSRR 1.1.1 (or other appropriate location(s)) to SenEx.
    2. propose the inclusion of the 1990 Statement on Conflicts of Interest in a preamble to the USRR Article V (or other appropriate location(s)) to SenEx.
  2. Create a policy regarding the role of Advisory Boards, as well as conflict of interest. Check if there are already existing policies that could be linked to the Governance website, for example policies in various schools and information from professional accrediting bodies.
  3. Consider creating gender neutral language (but no substantive changes) for the University Senate Code, USRR, and FSRR.Report to SenEx by the End of the academic year.  (Charge #3 added by SenEx February 23, 2016).


Meeting Minutes


Final Reports and Outcomes

FY2016 O&A Final Report (PDF)

Organization and Administration FY2016