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January 26, 2010

Present:  Chair Overton, Past Chair Martin, Secretary Hergeth, Parliamentarian Weiner, Provost Arden; Senators   Akroyd, Anson, Argyropoulos, Auerbach, Bernhard, Carver, Croom, Edmisten, Fahmy, Fleisher, Franke, Genereux, Hatcher, Havner, Headen, Hemenway, Khater, Kidd, Kiwanuka-Tondo, Krim, Kocurek, Kotek, Levy, Miller-Cochran, Murty, Roberts, Sawyer, St. Amant, Walker

Excused:  Senators Williams, Krim

Absent:  Senators Paur, Poling, Townsend

Guests:  James Woodward, Chancellor; Lee Fowler, Athletic Director; P. J. Teal, Secretary of the University and Assistant to the Chancellor; Barbara Mulkey, Second Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; Tom Stafford, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs;  Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor, Information Technology; Lawrence Davenport, Chair, Board of Trustees; Fred Corbin, Professor Emeritus; Terri Lomax, Vice Chancellor, Research and Graduate Studies

1. Call to Order
Chair Margery Overton 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
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.

The General Faculty meeting will be Tuesday, March 23, 2010.  The location is to be determined.

Chair Overton recognized members of the Board of Trustees that were present.

3. Comments from Lawrence Davenport
Lawrence Davenport, Chair of the Board of Trustees, recalled that last year this time we lost the Provost, Chancellor, and Chair of the Board of Trustees, and the university was without a lot of directions.  He thanked the faculty for their support during this transition and also while the university was burdened with the budget situation. 

Mr. Davenport stated that trustees realized that it took commitment on everyone’s part for that to happen, and they were very appreciative.

Mr. Davenport stated that the trustees are reporting to the Board of Governors and they in turn are responsible to the General Assembly, and the General Assembly to the Governor.  The Board of Trustees is a very diverse group with engineers, farmers, bankers, lawyers, and lobbyist.  He stated that the only thing the trustees really have in common is that they all love NC State and they want to see NC State be the best that it could possibly be.  “You are committed to supporting NC State and we are committed to supporting you.”  NC State has a great body of students and some of the best faculty in the country.  

Mr. Davenport said we take our faculty for granted, because when there are things that are going well and people are doing their jobs you forget to tell them how appreciative you are of them and what a great job they are doing. He therefore expressed his thanks to the faculty.

Mr. Davenport stated that the Board is very appreciative of what Chancellor Woodward has done for the university, by agreeing to serve as Chancellor until a national search was done. He jumped in and provided guidance and leadership through turbulent waters, and we are thankful for his willingness to serve.  He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Davenport stated that the Board is very excited to welcome Dr. Woodson as our next Chancellor.  He hopes that we will all be supportive of him.  The Board of Trustees is committed to taking advantage of everything the Chancellor Elect has to offer to take NC State to where we need to be; this is our Century.  The Chancellor Elect is expected to arrive sometime between April 1 and May 1, 2010.

Questions and Answers

Can you tell us a little about your history with NC State?

Mr. Davenport stated that he graduated from CALS (Crop Science) and ended up back on the family farm in Pitt County (Greenville) where he currently lives.  They have about a 4,000 acre farm and they are also in the fertilizer chemical business.  The family is in the seed business and the cotton ginning business as well.

Mr. Davenport has a brother, a son, and two nephews who also graduated from State.  He has been working with NC State for over 35 years, and he feels that the success of their business is directly related to NC State.

What can we do as a group to get more positive press?

Mr. Davenport responded that the media has not been our best friend.  However, he believes we have made some progress by being very open with them, especially since Chancellor Woodward has been here.

Reflect on some of the strategic challenges that the university is facing.

Mr. Davenport said that he thinks the budget problem today is not going to be gone tomorrow, so we have to be willing to come together, the administration, faculty and trustees, it’s going to take all of us. 

He also said the Trustees do not see it as their role to run the university (they lack the time and expertise), but rather are here to support the Chancellor and oversee the expense of the taxpayer’s dollars and work within the university system. We are working together with UNC, and while he loves red and does not like blue, the cooperation results in “green”. The biggest challenge he sees in lacking college preparedness. As a land grant university we have a commitment to find a way to educate these kids, even if a lot of them are not ready for college. This is something we have to address within the university system and together with the school systems.

I have a concern that we are suppose to have 40,000 students by 2017.  Is the university planning to build additional housing for these students?

Vice Chancellor Leffler responded that there are plans to build a project comparable to Wolf Village on Centennial Campus and another project off of Hillsborough Street.  There are a couple of projects that are going to be built to make a dent in the situation. Historically about 1/3 of our students live on campus.

What do you see as the biggest weakness that must be dealt with right now at NC State?

Chancellor Woodward stated that we have focused our efforts to tell our story mainly locally and we have not given enough planned attention to telling our story nationally or globally. We do not currently attract enough out-of-state students.  Chancellor Woodward thinks that number should not be huge but it needs to be higher than what it is now.  It is a reputation issue.  We do not recruit undergraduate out-of-state students in a planned way, and that is something we need to be doing.  He is not sure that we need to change what we do dramatically, but we need to change the way we tell the story and where we tell the story. We need to focus on national ratings and balance this without North Carolina land-grant obligation.

Chairman Davenport stated that he would be glad to come back to campus whether under this Chancellor or the new Chancellor.  He would like to come back and see this room packed.  We want to see the faculty gets involved in shaping the direction that we take.

4. Approval of the Minutes,  January 12, 2010
A motion passed to approve the minutes.

5. Report from the University Research Committee
Senator Genereux updated the Senate on the new NSF requirement that all NSF-funded students and post-docs must receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), and on the implementation of this requirement (Rule 10.15.1) at N.C. State.  He plans to continue his presentation at the next Faculty Senate meeting.

5. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:00 p.m.

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