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SC.05.10
April 25, 2005

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SENATE

Senate Executive Committee
(Final;Action)

SC.05.10 Procedures for Selecting a Search Committee for a Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

BACKGROUND

Interim Chancellor Richard Herman, former Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, was appointed Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval of the Universityís Board of Trustees May 19, 2005. Relevant excerpts from the University Statutes and the Senate Constitution that govern the selection of a new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs are:

University Statutes, Article III, Section 1.g.:

Vice chancellors shall be appointed annually by the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the chancellor and the president. The chancellor shall on the occasion of each appointment seek the advice of the executive committee of the campus senate. The executive committee may seek the counsel of other campus bodies in preparing its advice.

Senate Constitution, Article V, Section 11:

When the Senate selects members of a search committee, faculty senators shall nominate and elect faculty members of the committee and student senators shall nominate and elect student members of the committee in separate votes.

According to procedures established in previous searches for a provost, the Senate Executive Committee proposes a search committee of 11 members: eight faculty members (five elected by the Senate; three appointed by the Chancellor), two students (one undergraduate, graduate, or professional elected by the Senate; one appointed by the Chancellor), and one academic professional appointed by the Chancellor. One or more of the Chancellorís faculty appointees may have administrative appointments. The Chancellor will appoint a chair from among the eight faculty members of the committee. Although the composition of the committee is identical to recent provost searches, there is one difference in the selection procedure: instead of the Senate selecting the two students, the Senate will select one and the Chancellor will select the other.

Senate Executive Committee, therefore, proposes that Committee on Committees present 10 to 12 nominees for the five faculty positions, and two to four nominees for the one student position.



ACTION ITEM

Senate Executive Committee moves that the following composition of the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs search committee be approved by the Senate:

Chair: One member of the faculty. The Chancellor will make this appointment from among the eight faculty members noted below.

Eight faculty members: Committee on Committees will nominate 10 to 12 members of the faculty electorate. Senate will elect five. The Chancellor will appoint three additional faculty members, one or more of whom may have an administrative appointment.

Two students: Committee on Committees will nominate two to four members of the student electorate: at least one undergraduate student, with no more than one from the same college, and at least one graduate student, with no more than one from the same disciplinary college, or professional student, with no more than one from the same college. Senate will elect one undergraduate, graduate, or professional. The Chancellor will appoint one, after consultation with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

One academic professional: The Chancellor will make this appointment, after consultation with the UIUC Council of Academic Professionals.

Committee on Committees will provide a brief biographical sketch of each nominee. Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the Senate in accordance with Article V, Section 11, of the Senate Constitution. Only faculty members are eligible to nominate and elect faculty members of the search committee, and only student members are eligible to nominate and elect student members of the search committee in separate votes. For nominations from the floor, a brief biographical sketch will be made available and the person nominated must be present to assent orally or must have provided a written statement of willingness to be nominated and to serve if elected.

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Michael Grossman, Chair
Mary Mallory, Vice-Chair
Abbas Aminmansour
Kenneth E. Andersen
Alison Benefico
Joseph Finnerty
Andrew Fitzgerald
Peter Goldsmith
Harry Hilton
Barclay Jones
Peter Loeb
John Prussing
David Robson
Richard Schacht
Donald Schmidt
Tom R. Ward