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Jan. 9, 2003

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center

Minutes of the HSC Faculty Senate Quarterly TTVN Meeting

January 9, 2003

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Senators present:

BCD:  Larry Bellinger, Ph.D., Byron (Pete) Benson, D.D.S., M.S., Mark Gannaway, D.D.S., David Grogan, D.D.S., Allen Honeyman, D.D.S., Thomas McKinney, D.D.S., John Regan, BA, Bdent.Sc., MSC, MS, Francisco Rivera-Hidalgo, D.M.D., M.S., Carolyn Wilson, D.D.S., M.S.D.

COM : Paul Brandt, Ph.D., Cynthia Meininger, Ph.D., Alan Parish, Ph.D., Gul Russell, Ph.D., Wayne Sampson, Ph.D., Thomas Peterson, Ph.D., Speaker, David Zawieja, Ph.D.

COM-Clinical: George Martinez, M.D., Mark Montgomery, M.D., Terry Rascoe, M.D., Gene Terry, M.D., Richard Winn, M.D., Ed Childs, M.D.

GSBS:  Peter Buschang, M.A., Ph.D., Lynne Opperman, Ph.D., Farida Sohrabji, Ph.D.

IBT:  Andrew Spicer, Ph.D., Mingyao Liu, Ph.D., Fen Wang, Ph.D.

SRPH: Robin Autenrieth, Ph.D., Jane Bolin, RN, JD, Ph.D., Alicia Dorsey, Ph.D., Larry Gamm, Ph.D., Steven Moore, MPH, Ph.D.

Call to Order:

Speaker Peterson called the meeting to order at 10:12 a.m.

Confirmation of a quorum:

It was determined that a quorum was present.

Approval of minutes:

A motion was made to accept the minutes of the December 2002 meeting; the motion was seconded and moved.

Comments from the Chair:

Speaker Peterson welcomed and thanked everyone for attending the meeting. Speaker Peterson reported that the HSC Executive Committee approved the APT document on 12/18 and the TAMUS-HSC Promotion and Tenure committee will now include non-tenure track faculty. In addition, the Speaker of the Senate is now a member of the HSC Council of Advisors, which meets once per month and consists of the Executive Committee plus other Directors.

Meeting Schedule: 

The format of the Faculty Senate meetings was reviewed for the new Senators. Faculty Senate Executive Committee (Officers and caucus leaders) meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month, 3:30- 5:00 pm via telephone conference. Monthly Faculty Senate meeting are held the second Thursday of the month, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm via TTVN. Senate quarterly meetings are held at the components on a rotating basis. These meetings provide an opportunity for face-to-face discussion, as well as the chance to visit and learn about the other components. The host for this quarterly meeting is the College of Medicine Basic Science.

Dr. Christopher Colenda, Dean of the College of Medicine:

Speaker Peterson introduced Dr. Christopher Colenda, Dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. Colenda thanked everyone for coming to the College of Medicine and College Station to attend the meeting. He is looking forward to working with the Senate. He spoke briefly about his background and some of the issues that he is looking forward to working on at the TAMUS-HSC College of Medicine.

Dr. Nancy Dickey, President and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs:

Speaker Peterson introduced Dr. Nancy Dickey, President and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. Dr. Dickey thanked Dr. Peterson and Dr. Dorsey for attending the HSC Executive Committee meeting on behalf of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Dickey thanked them for being able to bring information back and forth to meetings. She also thanked everyone for attending the meeting and for the good work being done.

Dr. Dickey spoke of specific areas that the HSC has worked on:

1)    Administration: since the beginning of the HSC in 1999, the HSC has seen three administrative changes, which slowed our forward progress. The HSC has filled the interim positions for the dean of the College of Medicine with Dr. Christopher Colenda and Dr. William Binnie is committing more time to the duties of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The last interim position is the Dean of the GSBS and a search is underway for GSBS Dean/Vice President for Research. Therefore, the administrative team is almost in place, which will facilitate our progress.

2)    Information Technology: a search is in progress for the Chief Information Officer. The goal is to have the position filled this spring.

3)    Development: The development team is in place with one development officer at the HSC (Judy Franklin) and directors of development at the College of Medicine, Baylor College of Dentistry, and the IBT. At the present time they are working on a Capital Campaign strategy (i.e. component- versus HSC-based).

4)    Successes: First the School of Rural Public Health continues to grow at an amazing rate. Research funding is steadily increasing, as well as gifts and donations.

Next, Dr. Dickey discussed the upcoming Texas Legislative Session. Clearly, the State budget deficit is an important issue. However, she has four clear issues during this legislative session: 1) full funding for BCD; 2) the South Texas Center in McAllen; 3) environmental toxicology center at the IBT; 4) class size increase at the COM.

Dr. Dickey then took questions from the Senate:

Student Services Advisory Group: Dr. Elvin Smith is the currently the chair, however, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be in charge of this group.

Information Technology Advisory Committee: Larry Flournoy is the Acting CIO.

COM Class Size Increase: Dr. Dickey answered several questions about the proposed class size increase, including the rationale behind this plan and the budgetary concerns. Interestingly, although there is a shortage of dentists, there are currently no plans for either a new dental school or to increase enrollment at the current schools.

Dr. Dickey closed by stating that the Strategic Planning process was beginning, with hopes of identifying areas of Excellence that the HSC can foster.

Officer Elections:

Speaker Peterson announced that the new senate was seated and new officers would be elected. Dr. Alicia Dorsey was nominated for Speaker; a motion was made by Dr. Zawieja to accept Dr. Dorsey as Speaker for the Faculty Senate. The motion was seconded and accepted. Dr. Lynne Opperman was nominated for the position of Deputy Speaker; Dr. Larry Gamm moved to accept Dr. Opperman, Dr. Dorsey seconded the motion and the motion carried. Dr. Zawieja made a motion to accept Dr. Parish as the Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. McKinney seconded and the motion carried.

Remarks from the Outgoing Speaker of the Senate:

Dr. Peterson believed that 2002 had been a ÀYear of Peace and Good Feelings" between the Senate and the HSC Administration. The Senate began in 2002 with a baptism by fire, but we soon all realized that common issues tied together the faculty despite their diverse interests. In 2001, Interim President Dr. James Cole began to increase the role of the Faculty Senate at the HSC level. This role has further increased under the direction of HSC President Dr. Dickey; the Senate has been invited to the HSC Executive Committee and Advisory Committee meetings. The Senate has been asked to draft critical policies and work on existing policies. Outgoing Speaker Dr. Peterson thanked everyone for all his or her help, senators, committees and departing senators. Dr. Peterson then handed the meeting over to newly elected Speaker Dr. Alicia Dorsey.

Recognition of Outgoing Senators:

Speaker Dorsey recognized the outgoing senators with a certificate of recognition. A special token was given to Dr. Peterson for his service as Speaker. Dr. McKinney was also recognized for his two-year term as secretary. Speaker Dorsey also thanked the senators with a certificate who were rotating off of the Senate. Leaving the Senate were: BCD-Dr. Marvin Hirsh, Dr. Barbara Miller and Dr. Ed Miller; COM Basic Science-Dr. John Gelderd and Dr. Tom Peterson; COM Clinical-Dr. Charlie Foulks, Dr. Jose Gonzalez, Dr. Jeana O'Brien and Dr. Robert Probe; SRPH-Dr. Robin Autenrieth.

Senate Committees:

Speaker Dorsey asked each component to submit representatives to the Executive Committee (caucus leaders), Personnel & Welfare Committee and the Election Committee. A list of the committees is attached.

Old Business:

1.   Discussion of System Legal Office suggestion for revision to the HSC Academic Freedom, Ethics, Responsibility, Rights and Tenure Policy.

Dr. Bellinger discussed the history of the AFERRT document, including the duplication of system policy within the document that must be removed. In addition, he and Dr. Dickey recently meet with system lawyers who had suggested several changes. Discussion ensued has to a means to track critical changes in the document due to these revisions. A motion was made for the AFERRT task force (Drs. Bellinger, Dorsey, Bolin, Autenrieth and Peterson) to continue their work. The document will be forwarded to the Senate Personnel and Welfare committee prior to discussion by the entire Senate.

New Business:

1.    Goals and Priorities for the 2003 Senate.

Speaker Dorsey began a discussion of expectations for the Faculty Senate in 2003. From the discussion, the importance of strengthening the communication between Senators and component faculty was discussed at length. In addition, it was suggested that the Faculty Senate could play a crucial role in strategic planning at the HSC level. The Speaker also encouraged Senators to bring issues of importance to the Senate for discussion.

Committee of the Whole:

No issues were discussed.

February Meeting:

The next meeting will be held in on Thursday, February 13, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. via TTVN.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:54p.m.

HSC Faculty Senate Committees for 2003

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

            Speaker:                            Alicia Dorsey, Ph.D.

            Deputy Speaker:                 Lynne Opperman, Ph.D.

            Secretary/Treasurer:            Alan Parrish, Ph.D.

            Caucus Leader:                   Tom McKinney (BCD)

            Caucus Leader:                   Dave Zawieja, Ph.D. (COM-BS)

            Caucus Leader:                   Gene Terry, M.D. (COM-Clinical)

            Caucus Leader:                   Lynne Opperman (GSBS)

            Caucus Leader:                   Mingyao Lliu,,Ph.D. (IBT)

            Caucus Leader:                   Larry Gamm, Ph.D. (SRPH)

Personnel and Welfare Committee

            BCD:             Carolyn Wilson, D.D.S., M.S.D.

            COM (BS):     Paul Brandt, Ph.D.

            COM (Cl):      Richard Winn, M.D.

            GSBS:           Peter Buschang, M.A., Ph.D.

            IBT:              Fen Wang, Ph.D.

            SRPH:           Jane Bolin, RN, JD

Elections Committee

            BCD:           Pete Benson, D.D.S., M.S.

            COM (BS):   Gul Russell, Ph.D.

            COM (Cl):    Terry Rascoe, M.D.

            GSBS:          Farida Sohrabji, Ph.D.

            IBT:             Andrew Spicer, Ph.D.