PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES January 19, 2000 PRESENT: Vicki Orazem, Jim Manning, Clyde Carroll, Carol Schmidt, Jim Mitchell. ABSENT: Chuck Lindemenn. The meeting was called to order by Chair Vicki Orazem at 2 PM. It was determined a quorum was present. Chair's report - Vicki Orazem. - The December 23 memo sent to Commissioner of Higher Education Crofts from UGC Steering Committee (recommending that an interim MSU president be selected from outside the university) was distributed to Faculty Council. - There are two nominees for the Traffic Appeals and Regulations Committee, Jeff Bondy (Family Housing) and Alyce Maas (Career Services). After discussion, Carol moved that Jeff Bondy's name be forwarded to the President's Office for approval as a contract professional appointee on the committee. The motion was seconded and carried. - A nominee for Chair of the MSU Benefits Committee is still needed. Please contact George Tuthill, Chair of UGC Nominating Committee, with recommendations. Update - Interim president search. - The regents are discussing candidates for interim president at MSU and will probably announce the person chosen for the position on Friday, before the Board of Regents meeting adjourns. - The provost's search has been canceled until after a permanent president is hired. Update - Strategic Planning and Review Committee. - SPBC hasn't met for a few weeks. There will be a report after the committee has again met. Follow-up on discussion with Susan Alt and Jenny Knickerbocker, Employee Relations and Services. - After discussion, it was agreed Affirmative Action/Human Resources Director Corky Bush be contacted and the personnel policies and procedures, as well as the Faculty Handbook, be reviewed to find policies that relate to professionals. Then it can be decided what changes, if any, should be made in the policies. - If appropriate, a statement that it's a given professionals will work a flexible schedule may be included in any changes. The next regularly scheduled Professional Council meeting is February 16.