Office of the Vice President

for Administration
Professional Advisory Council

Minutes July 15, 2009

Agenda items for the September 9th, 2009 meeting need to be submitted to Susie Resler by Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009.

The meeting was convened at 2:30 p.m. by Mr. Pusecker.

PAC members present were:
Member District Member District
Paul Pusecker 1 Robert Urian 8
Charles Garbini 2   9
Robin Buccos 3 Ian Janssen 10
Robin Crawford 4 Derek Dolby 11
Gerald Hendricks 5 Suzanne Stanley 12
Glen Loller 6   13
Debbie Hill 7   14

Excused:  Allison Walters #9, Joan Stock #13, Nancy Smallwood #14

Others Present: Tom LaPenta, Kim DeShields, Susie Resler

New members for 2009-2011 are Debbie Hill #7, Allison Walters #09, Joan Stock #13.
Minutes accepted with addition.

Old Business

Constituent Concerns
A thank you to President Harker for the fabulous employee luncheon on the Green on behalf of the professional staff.  Constituents have asked if a classification/compensation review will be done campus wide. Although there is not an ongoing review, Tom LaPenta indicated that Human Resources is currently recruiting for a compensation manager. 

One constituent advised employees to scrutinize their paystubs carefully especially their deductions.

Mr. Hendricks mentioned a policy in his department whereby an employee was only allowed to take 22 vacation days within a fiscal year even if they had accrued more.  Mr. LaPenta suggested employees contact him.

Mr. Hendricks has received many complaints about Works and the new Travel and Entertainment (T&E) cards.  It was suggested Mr. George Walueff, Associate Director of Procurement Services, be invited to the next meeting to discuss the system.

Ms. Buccos’ constituents have a concern about the level of clarity of existing policies.  Mr. Urian suggested the Policy and Procedure manual be better organized on the web.  PAC members noted a new engine (Google) has helped. Mr. Puseker indicated the University is undergoing many changes.  Mr. Loller pointed out the changes to the Academic calendar.  To avoid having commencement, on Memorial Day weekend, the spring semester will end earlier with finals, Senior Day and Honors Day being moved earlier.  The university received some complaints from parents about having commencement over a holiday weekend.

Committee Reports

The Faculty Senate Meeting reports for May were presented by Mr. Hendricks

Faculty Senate Meeting May 11, 2009

Election of Senate Officers

President Elect for next year is John Madsen of Geology and Jack Baroudi of Accounting & MIS will be Secretary.

Provost Dan Rich remarks.
The first annual Forum and Reunion will be held June 5-7. The event, sponsored by the Office Alumni Affairs, hopes to engage alumni and families with the University. Polled alumni expressed an interest in retuning to campus to meet with former faculty members. University faculty can register online for free.
May 1 was the deposit deadline for incoming freshmen offered admission to the University. The admissions office goal was to increase the incoming class size from 3500 to 3750. Currently, 3838 students have submitted deposits, compared to 3481 last year. The number of Delawareans offered admission increased to 1200 this year compared to 950 last year, 2652 are from out of state.  Those students submitting deposits to the associate in arts program is up from 264 last year to 356 this year. The incoming class is more diverse than any previous class. The University has received approximately 6800 graduate school applications, an increase of 25% over last year, with an expected acceptance of about 1200 new graduate students. Tuition rates will be announced after July 1 when the state budget allocation is known.
The University undergraduate and graduate catalogs should be available online for review next week, ahead of schedule, and will go live June 1. Paper copies have been eliminated.
During the swine flu outbreak many people rallied together to effectively handle the situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is evaluating UD’s response as a possible model for future outbreaks.
Michael Gamel-McCormick was recently announced as dean of the College of Education and Public Policy. Kathy Matt, a UD alumni currently at Arizona State, will be the new dean of the College of Health Sciences. Both positions are effective July 1.

Scott Douglass, Executive Vice President and Treasurer introduced himself as a southern Delawarean farm boy, former faculty member and state budget director. He is responsible for many nonacademic areas within the UD organizational chart, but has spent the majority of time so far on budget issues. He would like to create a more empowering University and feels he has a talented team who can directly deal with issues in their units. He acknowledged that RBB has been a source of angst, but decentralizing power and responsibility should allocate resources most effectively. He then answered questions from the floor. Asked about the perception that RBB stifles interdisciplinary cooperation, he responded that RBB does not alter the value of a program. If a program makes sense, it will continue to do so. RBB is merely an allocation system. What it hopefully will accomplish is to identify those programs that do not make sense. Another RBB question raised the possibility of instituting an additional fee for lab courses that will be considered.  Asked about the Chrysler facility, he noted that since Chrysler is now in bankruptcy, negotiations should become a higher priority for the new owners and has recently presented them with a revised proposal.


Regular Agenda
A completed Student Life Plan was presented, a minor in Exercise Science was approved, and a resolution to accept the Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements was approved.

New Business
Mr. Loller appreciates President Harker’s emails.  It’s reassuring he cares.


Meeting adjourned at 3:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted by,
Susie Resler