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Board of Trustees Meeting Held June 6, 2014

Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014
Board of Trustees Meeting Held on June 6, 2014

The Board of Trustees met last Friday and covered a full agenda. Highlights of the meeting included the election of new trustees and officers, approval of recommended revisions to the Faculty Handbook, and enthusiastic endorsement of the direction of athletics recommended by the President’s Athletics Commission. 

At the recommendation of the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee, the full board approved the following changes to the Faculty Handbook. Prior to submission to the trustees, the revisions were recommended by the Faculty Affairs University Polic Committee and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, Provost and President. The approved changes below are the result of a thorough review throughout the governance process:

  • Removal of references to six-year limit for faculty on fixed term appointments, adjunct professor ranks, and research professors
  • Addition of references to analysis of need and evaluation of adjunct faculty
  • Addition of reference to care for a family member as rationale for a leave or a partial leave
  • Addition of a new section limiting length of leave
  • Addition of new section regarding reduced time appointments of up to four years under certain circumstances

Two new trustees, Matthew E. Carnes, S.J. and Erick Berrelleza, S.J., were elected to fill two Jesuit vacancies on the board. Both are members of the California Province of the Society of Jesus and have connections to the University community. A native of San Carlos, CA, Father Carnes served as a Jesuit-in-Residence in the Santa Clara University residence halls from 2004-2008 and in 2011-2012. He is on the faculty at Georgetown University in the Department of Government, where he has taught since 2009. Mr. Berrelleza is completing his theology studies at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in preparation for ordination. He has served on special assignment in the President's Office at Santa Clara and has held several local and international postings as a teacher (at Bellarmine Prep, San Jose), minister and researcher in Uruguay, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

Several trustees were re-elected to the board, including Peggy Bradshaw, Bill Coleman, Paul Gentzkow, Heidi LeBaron Leupp, Bob Smith, John A. Sobrato, John M. Sobrato, and Agnieszka Winkler. Former trustee Regis McKenna was approved as trustee emeritus.

As I mentioned in the State of the University address in February, the President’s Athletics Commission presented me with a set of recommendations regarding intercollegiate athletics at Santa Clara University.  At last week’s trustees meeting, John M. Sobrato, trustee and chair of the commission, briefed the board on the commission’s work. The board enthusiastically endorsed the strategies recommended by the Athletics Commission and asked that the administration develop an implementation plan and timetable consistent with the University's Strategic Plan.

In other discussions and reports, Provost Jacobs gave the trustees an update on the Integrated Strategic Plan, and Jim Lyons reported on the Capital Campaign, which is currently in the silent phase. Kirk Syme, chair of the Board of Regents, delivered the report on activities of the Regents;  Barbara Molony and James Lai, acting President and President-elect of the Faculty Senate Council, summarized activities of the Faculty Senate; and Judith Martinez gave a report on Associated Student Government.  Following the meeting, coaches and staff from Athletics, along with student leaders, joined the trustees for lunch.

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