Record of the Council November 18-19, 2006

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Record of the Council November 18-19, 2006


The Council of the Association met on November 18-19, 2006, at the hotel Washington in Washington, U.C.

President Cary Nelson presided. Members of the Council (with the exception of Donna Potts) were present, as were the AAUP's general counsel, Mary Heen; the AAUP's general secretary, Roger Bowen; the AAUP's staff counsel, Ann Springer; and associate counsel Rachel Levinson. Other staff attending included the AAUP's associate general secretary, Jordan Kurland, and associate secretaries Gwendolyn Bradley, Nicole Byrd, Eric Combest, John Curtis, Erika Gubrium, Cathy Jones, Jonathan Knight, Anita Levy, Wendi Maloney, Michael Mauer, Julie Schmid, and Martin Snyder. Kerry Grant served as parliamentarian. Guests on Saturday included Ernst Benjamin, consultant; Robert Gorman, chair of the Presidential Task Force on Restructuring; Susan Liss, consultant; and Michael Trister, attorney.

Written reports were provided by the president; the general secretary; the Office of Staff Counsel; the chair of the Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC); the chair of the Assembly of State Conferences (ASC); the chair of the Nominating Committee; the directors of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance; the director of the Department of External Relations; and the director of the Department of Organizing and Services.

President Gary Nelson called the meeting to order at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2006, introducing new Council members and the parliamentarian. A motion was passed to adopt the agenda. Nelson noted that the minutes of the previous meeting of June 9-11, 2006, were approved by the Council in August by e-mail so that the record could be published in the November-December 2006 issue of Academe.

Evaluation of the General Secretary

Staff were excused, and the Council met in executive session for the remainder of the morning for the report of the General Secretary Evaluation Committee, chaired by Jeffrey Butts.

Presidential Task Force on Restructuring

After a break for lunch, the Council reconvened in executive session (including staff) for the report of the Presidential Task Force on Restructuring by the task force chair, Robert Gorman. (Consultant Susan Liss, attorney Michael Trister, and the Association's general counsel and staff counsel also contributed to the discussion. The Council passed the following motion: "The council tentatively endorses the proposed structure recommended by the Restructuring Task Force to better meet the MUP's programmatic and operational needs, approves the further work of the restructuring Task Force to flesh out the details necessary for any future restructuring, and approves the necessary budget for the restructuring work in the next two years."

Report of the Secretary-Treasurer

Continuing in executive session, secretary-treasurer Jeffrey Butts provided a report on the 2005 audit, the status of the 2006 budget, and a proposal for the 2007 budget. A motion was passed to accept the 2005 report from the external auditor, Calibre Group, as recommended by the Audit Committee and the Executive (Committee.

The Council also approved a recommendation from the Executive (Committee that the procedure used in 2006 for authorizing face-to-face committee meetings be applied in 2007 as well. In addition, the Council gave its approval to the Executive Committee's recommendation that for 2008 and beyond, all chairs of Association committees who anticipate or desire a face-to-face meeting of their committee during that fiscal year complete a "committee meeting request" form, to include information on the anticipated cost of the meeting, a rationale for it, and the tasks the committee intends to undertake or complete during the year.

Election Procedures Review Task Force

The Council reconvened for its regular business session, during which Jeffrey Butts, chair of the Election Procedures Review Task Force, presented the final report of the task force. …

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