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Board of Trustees Meeting Summary
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
With this update, let me share with you a short summary of the winter trustee meeting held on February 10.
A critical part of the meeting was the approval of the 2012-2013 budget. Thanks to the University staff and the Trustee Finance Committee, I am pleased that the trustees approved a balanced budget that includes a performance-based merit pay increase of an average 2% for faculty and staff. Also approved in the budget was a minimal increase of 3.5% in the total cost of education. This increase is the result of many deliberations in which trustees emphasized the need to keep the increase as low as possible.
Among other actions taken at the meeting, the board approved two proposals put forward by the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee. The proposed revisions to the Faculty Handbook, which were clarifications of policies related to non-tenure track faculty and other policies, were approved, as was a proposal for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Department of Education. In addition, the board approved the conferral of degrees for commencement 2012.
Three members of the University gave presentations to the trustees. Mick McCarthy, S.J., Executive Director of the Ignatian Center, opened the meeting with his presentation, “Education as Spiritual Exercises. Part Two: The Early Christian Tradition.” He addressed four fundamental questions from the early Christian tradition: 1) Why are we here? 2) Who is my neighbor? 3) What is commitment? and 4) How do we imagine the life of the world to come? Drawing upon interviews with recent alumni, Fr. McCarthy reminded us of how these questions animate not only our own lives but also the life of Santa Clara University and the students we graduate.
Following Fr. McCarthy’s talk, Rob Gunsalus, Vice President for University Relations, updated the trustees on University Relations planning in preparation for a capital campaign. Godfrey Mungal, Dean of the School of Engineering, then presented an overview of the school’s centennial and its many and varied activities. As part of the regular business meeting, Trustee committee chairs, the Faculty Senate Council president Bill Greenwalt and Associated Student Government president Courtney Seymour reported out on the activities of their respective groups.
Before the close of the meeting, we bade farewell to longtime trustee Rupert Johnson. Effective at the winter meeting, Mr. Johnson retired from the board after twenty years of service marked by impressive work on the Trustee Investment Committee. As a parting gift to thank him for his dedicated and gracious service, the board presented him with a small version of the St. Ignatius statue installed on the St. Ignatius Lawn.
Following the meeting, Faculty Senate Council members joined trustees over lunch, a first of what I hope will be many opportunities for faculty, staff and students to meet and engage with our trustees.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.