Executive Committee, 876th Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  3. Old Business
    1. Debriefing on fall and other recent conferences
    2. How are UFS committees functioning?
    3. Albany Poster Day
  4. New Business
    1. UFS Reps on CUNY CAT
    2. Questions for lunch with Chancellor
    3. Selection of faculty from campuses on Faculty Affairs Advisory Board
    4. Website pitch at next plenary
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.
    2. Chair

Notes: – Lunch with the Chancellor follows upstairs at 12 Noon.

– Chair Martell must leave at 11:30 a.m.


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Terrence Martell, at 9:00 a.m. in room 1002 of Board Headquarters. Also present were: Kathleen Barker, Hugo Fernandez, Kay Conway, Jay Weiser, Phil Pecorino, Emily Tai, and Michael Barnhart.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes – Adopted as proposed.
  3. Guest, Anthony Knerr, Managing Director, AKA Strategy, consultant to CUNY on 21st Century CUNY Framework
    1. Dr. Knerr explained that he was seeking bold and    transformative ideas from a perspective of 30,000 feet as he constructs a capacious    framework or umbrella within which planning at CUNY can proceed. Members suggested many ideas, including a remaking of the Board of Trustees, more power in Albany, enhanced mentoring of students by faculty, and changes in admissions policies. Dr. Knerr said he would like to return in a month or so.
  4. Old Business
    1. Debrief of Fall Conference:  This item was omitted.
  5. New Business
    1. Set Plenary Agenda: The draft was approved
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.- Omitted.
    2. Chair – Prof. Tai noted that the UFS Blog had been complimented on a      nationally followed higher education website.

Chair Martell said that though not yet complete, it appears that VC Schaffer took most of the Committee’s suggestions for the revised Presidential Search Guidelines. He noted there is some question about the seniority of those faculty who decide to transfer in the restructuring of the School of Public Health. The USS has voted against a tuition increase. Members were given a memo on Email Auto Forwarding and most thought the policy presented no problems as long as individual email messages are forwardable. It is taking longer to (re)organize the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee; it won’t start meeting until probably February; Exec will be asked to approve the membership. Prof. Albrecht told the Chair that the Libraries/IT Committee had sunk into torpor this semester, but that he thought he could revive it in the spring.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps