Today marks the Faculty Council’s first full meeting of the year, and new chairwoman of the faculty Jan Boxill is looking to emphasize more participation in the absence of any pressing issues.
Boxill said she plans to encourage the council to work as a collaborative body rather than as several committee groups.
“My major plan for the council meeting is to set my tone in what I would like to do this year,” Boxill said.
“I want the council to be more interactive so that the faculty can actually discuss things and know ahead of time what the issues are.
“We don’t just want reactions. But instead, we want a better understanding,” she said.
Though the council will welcome reports, the meeting will serve primarily as an introduction. No resolutions will be voted on, she said.
Another key component of Boxill’s reform is inviting guests to spark conversation.
Friday’s guests will be Student Body President Mary Cooper, Student Body Vice President Zealan Hoover, Director of the Visitors Center Missy Julian-Fox and ophthalmology professor Richard Davis, Boxill said.
Boxill said she anticipates some of the larger issues presented by Chancellor Holden Thorp and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney to be about budget cuts, updates on the NCAA investigation and the recently released U.S. News & World Report college rankings.