Office of the Vice President

for Administration
Professional Advisory Council

Minutes January 13, 2010

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
Robin Crawford 4 Allison Walters 9
Gerald Hendricks 5 Ian Janssen 10
Glen Loller 6 Derek Dolby 11
Deborah Hill 7    

Excused:  Charles Garbini #2, Rachel Strickland # 3, Suzanne Stanley #12, Joan Stock #13,
Nancy Smallwood #14

Others Present: Tom LaPenta, Lynn Brock, Chris Everhart

Minutes from the November meeting were discussed and accepted as written.  

Old Business
Tom LaPenta announced that there would be a Grievance Hearing and Advisory Board breakfast within the next month to discuss grievances. The definition of a grievance will be discussed according to University policy. This discussion will review types of grievances and procedures.

Constituent Concerns

Glen Loller asked if retirees were eligible for tuition benefits. Tom LaPenta confirmed that tuition benefits did extend to retirees who retired with age and service requirements for the University of Delaware. This benefit also extends to employees who are on full disability.
It was suggested that Chris Ulrich from Human Resources could speak at a future meeting to discuss these unique situations.

Paul Pusecker discussed the Administrative calendar in reference to University holidays. Fall break for students is moving to the day before Thanksgiving. Also, Election Day, which is the first Tuesday of November every 2 years was noted as not appearing on the calendar. Tom LaPenta will check this and have it added to the calendar.

New Business
Gerry Hendricks initiated a conversation centering on the reorganization of some University units under the new administration. Some current positions were impacted due to reorganization, the recession and the implementation of new technology.  Also, there were State funded positions which were adversely affected. The definition of “RBB” or “Responsibility Based Budgeting” was discussed. Paul Pusecker and Tom LaPenta noted that “overall the University of Delaware is in much better financial shape than many of its public competitors.”

Paul Pusecker briefly discussed the Chrysler Property acquisition.

There was a request to have Public Safety speak at a future meeting.

The next meeting will be March 3, 2010. (Please note change) Scott Douglass and JJ Davis will speak at this meeting. The topic will be the “State of the University”.

Meeting Adjourned


Tom LaPenta
Assistant Vice President-Employee Relations