View Bill 18-19-17

Senate Bill 18-19-17

Bill ID: 18-19-17
Name: Resolution to Improve the Status of Shared Governance in the University System of Maryland (USM)
Proposed: 11/02/2018
Sponsor: Stephen Kenny, Undergraduate Student Senator
Proposal: Resolution to improve the status of shared governance and athletics in the University of Maryland System (USM)

WHEREAS, The USM Board of Regents, hereafter referred to as the Board of Regents, has proven itself unresponsive to the concerns of students, faculty, and other Maryland citizens in its handling of the investigation into the death of Jordan McNair.

WHEREAS, Student and faculty concerns have gone unheard in personnel and policy decisions made by the University of Maryland College Park and USM as a whole.

Be it resolved that the University Senate:
1. Recommends Maryland state legislation that would require a significant portion of the Board of Regents be chosen by statewide elections when vacancies open.

2. Requests that seats on University of Maryland, College Park presidential search committees be awarded in the same proportion as the University Senate, with regards to faculty, staff, and student constituencies.

3. Advises that President Loh should honor his previous statement to retire in June of 2019.



Status: Completed


Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 04/24/2019
Decision: The Senate was notified of the membership of the membership of the Presidential Search Committee.
Actions: Senate Chair Walsh notified the Senate that Chancellor Caret had recently announced the membership of the Presidential Search Committee. He noted that Regent Gary Attman will chair the committee, and Dean Ball of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences had been appointed Vice Chair of the committee. Former UMD President and USM Chancellor, William Kirwan, had also agreed to serve on the committee. The membership of the committee also includes several faculty, staff, and students suggested by the Senate. Senate Chair Walsh also noted that the Presidential Search Committee would hold a campus-wide open forum on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 02/05/2019
Decision: The Senate reviewed the letter as an informational item.
Actions: Chancellor Caret considered the slate of nominees for the Presidential Search Committee and sent a letter in response, noting that he and the Board of Regents had agreed to add an academic dean as vice chair of the search committee, expand the committee to 18 members, and allow for opportunities for the campus community to provide perspectives on the attributes of the next president. The letter was sent to the Senate and Senate Chair Walsh provided an overview of the process to the Senate at its meeting on February 5, 2019.
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 11/16/2018
Decision Date: 01/28/2019
Decision: The SEC voted to submit a slate of nominees for the Presidential Search Committee to the Chancellor for consideration.
Actions: The Senate Office solicited nominations from all elected Senators. SEC members selected finalists from the pool of nominees from their own constituency and the SEC as a whole finalized the slate of nominees at its meeting on January 28, 2019. The Senate Chair, Chair-Elect, and Director presented the slate to Chancellor Caret at a meeting on January 31, 2019.
Next Step: Chancellor Review

Reviewed By: President Loh & Chancellor Caret
Received: 11/16/2018
Actions: The resolution was sent to President Loh with a request to forward it to Chancellor Caret. President Loh forwarded the resolution to Chancellor Caret for his consideration. The President's Office forwarded it to the Chancellor.
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 11/02/2018
Decision Date: 11/14/2018
Decision: The amended resolution was approved by the Senate on November 7, 2018.
Actions: The Resolution was originally presented to the Senate at its November 2, 2018 meeting. The Senate voted to postpone discussion of the resolution to the next Senate meeting. The Senate continued discussion of the resolution at its November 7, 2018 meeting and approved several amendments but was unable to complete its work on the resolution. The amended resolution was discussed, amended further, and ultimately approved by the Senate on November 14, 2018.

The Senate also approved a motion to charge the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) with compiling a diverse pool of faculty, staff, and student candidates from the campus community for consideration by the Chancellor during the development of the presidential search committee. The SEC should solicit suggestions from the University Senate as it develops the list of potential candidates for the Chancellor.
Next Step: Review by President Loh and Chancellor Caret & SEC Review
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