Executive Committee, 877th Meeting
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  3. Report of the Chair, including budget developments
  4. Old Business
    1. How committees are faring, part II
    2. FYI: notes from meeting with SUNY/FCCC
  5. New Business
    1. Adopt Chicago Statement on free speech?
    2. For-profit prison divestment
    3. Resolution on Veterans Day (enclosed)
    4. Tentative Approval of Plenary Agenda
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Terrence Martell, at 9:30 a.m. in room 1002 of Board Headquarters. Also present were: Kathleen Barker, Hugo Fernandez, Kay Conway, Jay Weiser, Phil Pecorino, Emily Tai, Karen Kaplowitz, and Michael Barnhart.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes – Adopted as proposed.
  3. Topics for Guests – Questions for the Chancellor were decided on.
  4. Invited Guests:  Chancellor Milliken and Provost Rabinowitz
    1. The Chancellor addressed some current budget issues.  In response to reports that the Governor plans eventually to merge CUNY and SUNY, he had told the Board recently that state law differentiates CUNY from SUNY by dedicating CUNY specifically to the mission of educating inner city youth.  He noted and commented on a number of other suggestions made by Governor.
    2. Asked about the apparent growth of Vice President titles at the campuses, which may seem to be a way of giving pay increases to administrators despite any freeze that exists, the Chancellor said it is good management to be able to make exceptions but offered to look into whether there has been such an increase.
    3. Asked about his support for the Governor’s initiatives in regard to prisoner reentry, he said he supported them.  He also agreed at Chair Martell’s request to include Prof. Tai in any university efforts in this area since she is chair of the UFS Higher Education in the Prisons Committee.
    4. Asked about faculty involvement in the revising of the SPS governance plan, Provost Rabinowitz said she would ensure this and keep the Executive Committee up to date on it.
    5. The strategic framework report will be out soon, he said.
  5. Old Business
    1. School of Public Health reorganization – Chair Martell said he had obtained a list of affected faculty in the reorganization and that 90% had gone along with the change.  He also confirmed that the Chancellor had consulted with him far in advance.  Some said the UFS should still respond to the Hunter faculty who appealed to the UFS for information and guidance.
    2. CCNY Survey on Research Foundation, update – Partly in response to this survey, the RF was creating a new position — Director of Customer Satisfaction – to oversee and respond to complaints.
  6. New Business
    1. “Invest in SUNY and CUNY” – This draft document, which arose out of the recent annual meeting in January of the SUNY and CUNY UFS and the SUNY FCCC, was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee as a joint statement.  It would be distributed as appropriate to legislators and others.
    2. Approval of Plenary Agenda – The draft was approved.  In regard to the item “Reports of Representatives to BoT Committees,” it was agreed now and for the future that representatives should have discretion to decide whether to give them in oral or written form, and only items of University-wide import would be mentioned.
  7. Reports
    1. Chair – *George Otte agreed to give the UFS a third spot on the CAT, as requested so that the 3rd member (Prof. Pecorino) could report directly to the Executive Committee.  *Poster Day in Albany will take place on Feb. 24.  *The report on Experiential Learning will not be public until March.  *For the sake of interest, he reviewed with the Committee the agenda of the recent SUNY UFS plenary held at Stony Brook.
    2. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc. – None was given.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps