MSU PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES May 15, 2002 PRESENT: Jim Mitchell, Clyde Carroll, Jim Manning, Becky Ward. ABSENT: Carina Beck, Leslie Schmidt. The meeting was called to order at 3:10 PM by Chair Jim Mitchell. The minutes of the April 17, 2002, meeting were approved as distributed. Chair's report - Jim Mitchell. - Glenn Puffer, the Professional Council member elected from Student Affairs, was unable to attend today's meeting. Jim Manning was reelected by professionals in Academic Affairs to a three-year term on the Council. - Salaries increases for professionals for next year will average 4%, and there will be increases for some professionals from a 0.5% salary pool. The President and VPs will determine the criteria for equity increases and how the pool will be distributed.. - No budget amendment was presented for MAP equity. - MAP rules have been distributed, but yet to be determined is the per cent range for salary progression. For now, it appears that UM and MSU have decided upon 9% from the old classified pay plan. Election of Professional Council Chair Elect and UGC Steering Committee Member. - The elections will be deferred until next meeting so Leslie Schmidt and Glenn Puffer can be present for discussion of nominees. UPBAC update - Jim Mitchell. - The professional equity pool was protected in next year's budget by UPBAC, on a 9-8 vote. - The President accepted the UPBAC proposed budget for FY03, as it was presented. - The Governor's reversion of money, discussed at UPBAC, may not be as high as 3%, or enrollment may increase enough to cover any reversion. Since the Provost's budget is over one-half of the general fund money for the university, most reversion authorization would come from those programs. - UPBAC will not meet during the summer. - The Strategic Planning Committee will meet during the summer. The committee will discuss strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and capacity of the university. - Strategic plans need to be flexible but need to identify campus issues needing attention. - When UPBAC meets next year, strategic issues and the desired direction for the university to move will have been discussed by SPC. Ombudsman proposal. - An announcement has been made which outlines the process by which an Ombudsman will be identified and which calls for nominations. - The search committee for an Ombudsman is Joe Fedock, Jim Manning, John Sherwood, and Corky Bush. - The committee will present two names to the President, who will select the Ombudsman. Other. - The next Professional Council meeting is scheduled for June 19. As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM.