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September 27, 1999


University Statutes and Senate Procedures
(Final; Action)

SP.99.11 Election of Senate Council Chair and Vice-Chair


On several occasions in the past few years the position of either the Chair of Senate Council or the Vice-Chair of Senate Council has become vacant. Because of the current manner in which these two officers are elected, some confusion arose each time as to how to fill these vacancies. The Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures (USSP) has been asked to propose amendments to the Bylaws so as to avoid confusion in the future. USSP proposes several amendments. The net effect, we believe, will be to avoid the confusion that has arisen before. We want a procedure that leaves no room for pause or debate as to what should happen in the event a vacancy occurs.

The principles underlying our proposal are:

Vacancies (except for that of the Chair of Senate Council) are filled in the same manner in which the former incumbent obtained the position.

Two elections, one for Chair and one for Vice-Chair of Senate Council, should be held.

The solutions we propose are:

The Committee on Committees (CC) will prepare slates for two elections, one for Chair of Senate Council and one for Vice-Chair of Senate Council, before the organizational meeting in the Spring.

In the case of a vacancy for the Chair of Senate Council, the Vice-Chair will succeed to the position of Chair.

In the case of a vacancy for the Vice-Chair of Senate Council, for example if the Vice-Chair should succeed to the position of Chair, or resign, or befall some other fate, then the Vice-Chair position will be filled by an election at the next meeting of the Senate in the usual manner - nominations from CC, etc.

In the period from the date a Vice-Chair position becomes vacant to the date when a new Vice-Chair is elected, that member of the Council with the longest service to the University will serve as interim Vice-Chair.


The Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures recommends approval of the revisions to the Bylaws. Text to be deleted is indicated in [square brackets] and text to be added is underscored.

Robert Fossum, Chair
Humza Durrani
H. George Friedman, Jr.
Harry H. Hilton
John W. Kindt
Amit Mathur
Julian Palmore
Robert C. Damrau, Ex officio
Thomas M. Eakman, Observer
C. K. Gunsalus, Ex officio (designee)
Vera V. Mainz, (PAC Liaison)