Membership of the University Council

Policy Memorandum No. 17

Recommended by the Secretary of University Council
Approved by University Council: November 5, 1979
Approved by the President: November 5, 1979
Effective: November 5, 1979

The University Council has approved changing, on an interim basis, the membership of the University Council, in order to provide for representation of the College of Veterinary Medicine and membership of the Vice President for Development and University Relations.

At its meeting of June 4, 1979, the University Council discussed the following matters relating to the membership of Council: (1) representation on Council of the newly established College of Veterinary Medicine; (2) membership of the Vice President for Development and University Relations, a new position; (3) membership of the Secretary of University Council; (4) representation on Council of the Residence Hall Federation. The Secretary of University Council was asked to assemble information during the summer about these several questions and to submit recommendations concerning them.

In compliance with that request, the Secretary of Council prepared a report setting forth a series of recommendations. The Secretary's full report is available to any member of the University Community, upon request. The recommendations may be summarized as follows:

  1. That voting membership be given to the dean and an elected faculty representative of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the same representation accorded to the other colleges of the University.

  2. That voting membership be given to the Vice President for Development and University Relations, the same membership accorded to the University's other vice presidents.

  3. That voting membership be given to an additional (seventh) elected representative of the Faculty Senate, in order to maintain the same balance between administrative and faculty representation on Council as in the past.

  4. That non-voting membership be accorded the Secretary of University Council and that the Secretary be appointed by the President. (In August, 1978, Council had approved appointment of Mr. Lon K. Savage as Secretary of Council for one year, after which the matter would be considered again.)

  5. That the non-voting seat on Council previously held by the Vice President of the Student Government Association be assigned to the President of the Residence Hall Federation. University Council had approved this change on June 4, 1979, (see Policy Memorandum No. 16) and it was incorporated in the Secretary's Report.

  6. Several other "cosmetic" changes were recommended, to update titles that had changed.

The Cabinet of the Faculty Senate expressed support of the recommendations on an interim basis, until such time that a more complete study of University Council membership is completed and considered. Council approved a motion that the recommendations be approved with the understanding that they would be operational on an interim basis and would not be placed in the permanent Constitution of the University Council until such time as subsequent proposals relating to University Council membership are thoroughly discussed and either adopted or rejected.

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President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm17