PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES September 20, 2000 PRESENT: Vicki Orazem, Chuck Lindemenn, Jim Mitchell, Carol Schmidt. ABSENT: Jim Manning, Clyde Carroll. The meeting was called to order by Vicki Orazem, 1999-2000 Professional Council Chair, at 2:10 PM. Susan Alt will not be at the meeting today but will attend the October meeting. A memo was sent to President Roark from University Governance Council on August 30. It outlined recommendations for improving the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee. - The memo was the result of a University Governance Council Steering Committee meeting with Interim Provost Dooley, Vice President for Research Tom McCoy, Gwen Jacobs and Sara Jayne Steen (two members of the original Strategic Review Committee). - A proposal had been made by this group of four that the Long Range Planning Committee and SPBC be replaced with a President's Advisory Council. - There seemed to be agreement at this meeting that there is a place for a long-range planning committee on campus and that making some changes to SPBC would increase it's effectiveness without changing the Long Range Planning Committee. - Changes recommended for the SPBC include giving the committee a more specific charge, doing much of the work of the committee in small groups (chaired by an SPBC member but drawing from the entire campus community for other members), and holding regularly-scheduled meetings. There was some discussion of the way the university budget and the lack of unification in managing it. There is a budget, but then it appears ad hoc decisions are made by small groups or by individuals. Examples of decisions made in this manner include the additional $.75/month/telephone fee, differing police overhead charges, and raising the administrative fee on certain accounts. Sending a letter from Professional Council to the MSU president search committee was discussed. It appears all three candidates are acceptable, but the Council might list strengths they see in each candidate and how these strengths suit MSU. - The third candidate, Geoffrey Gamble, will be on campus September 27-28. - Professional Council will meet Monday, October 2, at noon, to discuss strengths of the three candidates and prepare a letter to send to the search committee. As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM.