Board of Trustees Meeting Held on June 6, 2014
The Board of Trustees met last Friday and covered a full agenda. Highlights of the meeting included the election of new trustees and officers, approval of recommended revisions to the Faculty Handbook, and enthusiastic endorsement of the direction of athletics recommended by the President’s Athletics Commission.
At the recommendation of the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee, the full board approved the following changes to the Faculty Handbook. Prior to submission to the trustees, the revisions were recommended by the Faculty Affairs University Polic Committee and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, Provost and President. The approved changes below are the result of a thorough review throughout the governance process:
- Removal of references to six-year limit for faculty on fixed term appointments, adjunct professor ranks, and research professors
- Addition of references to analysis of need and evaluation of adjunct faculty
- Addition of reference to care for a family member as rationale for a leave or a partial leave
- Addition of a new section limiting length of leave
- Addition of new section regarding reduced time appointments of up to four years under certain circumstances
Two new trustees, Matthew E. Carnes, S.J. and Erick Berrelleza, S.J., were elected to fill two Jesuit vacancies on the board. Both are members of the California Province of the Society of Jesus and have connections to the University community. A native of San Carlos, CA, Father Carnes served as a Jesuit-in-Residence in the Santa Clara University residence halls from 2004-2008 and in 2011-2012. He is on the faculty at Georgetown University in the Department of Government, where he has taught since 2009. Mr. Berrelleza is completing his theology studies at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in preparation for ordination. He has served on special assignment in the President's Office at Santa Clara and has held several local and international postings as a teacher (at Bellarmine Prep, San Jose), minister and researcher in Uruguay, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.
Several trustees were re-elected to the board, including Peggy Bradshaw, Bill Coleman, Paul Gentzkow, Heidi LeBaron Leupp, Bob Smith, John A. Sobrato, John M. Sobrato, and Agnieszka Winkler. Former trustee Regis McKenna was approved as trustee emeritus.
As I mentioned in the State of the University address in February, the President’s Athletics Commission presented me with a set of recommendations regarding intercollegiate athletics at Santa Clara University. At last week’s trustees meeting, John M. Sobrato, trustee and chair of the commission, briefed the board on the commission’s work. The board enthusiastically endorsed the strategies recommended by the Athletics Commission and asked that the administration develop an implementation plan and timetable consistent with the University's Strategic Plan.
In other discussions and reports, Provost Jacobs gave the trustees an update on the Integrated Strategic Plan, and Jim Lyons reported on the Capital Campaign, which is currently in the silent phase. Kirk Syme, chair of the Board of Regents, delivered the report on activities of the Regents; Barbara Molony and James Lai, acting President and President-elect of the Faculty Senate Council, summarized activities of the Faculty Senate; and Judith Martinez gave a report on Associated Student Government. Following the meeting, coaches and staff from Athletics, along with student leaders, joined the trustees for lunch.
UPC End-of-Year Meeting
Every spring, the current and incoming chairs of governance groups and other committees, presidents of the Staff Senate and the Faculty Senate, members of the University Coordinating Committee, and administrators who have roles in the governance process, gather for a reflection on the work of University governance accomplished during the academic year. The meeting for this year is scheduled for May 22. This will be an opportunity for each group to report on its activities for the year and to discuss accomplishments and challenges. Following the meeting, the annual summary report that includes the reports of the various groups will be posted on the Governance Web site.
2014 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
This year, soccer star and girls' health advocate Brandi Chastain '91 will be the commencement speaker at the 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on June 14. The selection of Brandi to give the commencement address honors the 50th anniversary of women's athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year. She epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving. Brandi is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls. At Commencement, she will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service. Other honorary degree recipients will be Trustee Emeritus Rupert Johnson and his wife, Maryellie, Rev. Howard A. Lincoln, and the Kino Border Initiative, represented by Executive Director Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J.
At the Graduate Commencement on June 13, Fred Ferrer ‘80, CEO of the Health Trust, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service. On May 24, Rev. Jon Sobrino, S.J. will give the commencement address and Rev. Joseph Chinnici, OFM will receive an honorary degree at the JST commencement in Berkeley . Also on May 24, the Law School will hold its commencement exercises and honor human rights attorney Almudena Bernabeu as the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.
This weekend we expect to host about 3000 visitors on campus for Preview Days. This is an important opportunity for admitted students to decide if Santa Clara is the place for them. Of the nearly 15,000 applicants for the freshman class of 1300 spots, 48.8% were admitted. Throughout the weekend, faculty, staff and students will give tours and presentations on academic programs, student life, housing, international programs and many more topics. I thank all the members of the University community who will be on campus to welcome our guests and present Santa Clara at its best.
Santa Clara Receives 2014 Acterra Award for Sustainability
I am delighted to announce that Santa Clara University recently received the 2014 Acterra Award for Sustainability, one of the top awards for sustainability in Silicon Valley. We were selected out of a distinguished group of finalists including Google and SunPower Corporation. The award recognizes our innovative and ongoing efforts in sustainability and sets a high standard for other large organizations making a name for themselves in sustainability. I salute our Director of the Center for Sustainability Lindsey Kalkbrenner and her on-campus partners for their leadership. The non-profit organization Acterra has a 44-year history of environmental programming in and around Silicon Valley, and has honored Silicon Valley organizations with its Business Environmental Awards since 1990.