Governance Council


October 1, 2004 (3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.)





Present: G. Battista, R. Collier, R. Hoyt, A. Lyons, G. Marschke, S. Messner, J. Pasquill,

J. Pipkin, R. M. Range, H. Scheck, H. Strother, S. Turner



Minutes: The Minutes of September 21, 2004 were approved.



Council Chair Messner reviewed the current charge of the Governance Council (to provide review and comment on the proposed CNSE Charter and Bylaws) and announced that the main agenda item for the meeting was to draft a report to submit to the Senate on Monday, October 4th.


Professor Messner introduced a document drafted by Professor Range that incorporated notes provided by the Bylaws Committee. The document enumerates discrepancies, inconsistencies, and incongruities between the proposed CNSE Bylaws and Charter, and the Policies of the Board of Trustees, the Bylaws of the University Faculty and the Charter of the University Senate.


Members of the Governance Council commended Professor Range for his efforts and agreed to use the document as a point of departure for its report to the Senate.


The Council reviewed the document point-by-point, proposing revisions and clarifications. The Council agreed that Professor Messner would write up the revised text and forward it to Council members the next morning (Saturday) to permit review and proofreading. The Council unanimously approved the substance of the report.




After lengthy and thorough discussion, the Council members recommended that a team comprised of representatives of the Governance Council and representatives of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering be formed to try to resolve the discrepancies, inconsistencies and incongruities found in the documents. The full report was submitted in writing to the Senate. The main recommendation is presented below.


In the spirit of the Resolution of the SUNY Board of Trustees to coordinate University at Albany-wide faculty governance matters, we recommend that representatives from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and representatives of the Governance Council of the University Senate work together to address the issues identified in this report. We hope that sufficient time can be granted to complete this complex and important endeavor.


Meeting adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,
Jayne VanDenburgh, Recorder