University Council Minutes

11/18/2020 03:30 PM - Online, Zoom Webinar. Please email for information.
View Related Documents Online The University Council met on November 18, 2020, via Zoom Webinar. A quorum being present, President Jere Morehead called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
President Morehead asked Council Parliamentarian Usha Rodrigues to provide an overview of how voting and discussion would be conducted during the meeting.
As the first order of business, the president asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 30, 2020, meeting. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Joe Dahlen. The motion was seconded by Stuart Ivy. The minutes were then approved with 171 in favor and 6 abstentions.
The president then delivered his remarks to the Council:
  • The president opened his remarks by stating that participation in COVID-19 surveillance testing on campus has reached all-time highs, while positivity rates remain low, and the usage rate of quarantine and isolation space remains low. The capacity of the surveillance testing program has been increased to 1,000 tests per day through November 20. The president encouraged Council members to urge students and colleagues to utilize this testing. Those tested by November 20 will receive their results by November 25.
  • The president expressed his deep appreciation to faculty, staff, and students for their perseverance and resiliency during the fall semester. The president stated that UGA has faced a host of unprecedented challenges related to COVID-19 and has confronted them all in exceptional ways.
  • A record for completion rates has been set again at UGA. The six-year completion rate increased to 87.2%, while the four-year completion rate increased to 71.4%.
  • UGA’s retention rate remains exceptional. This year’s figure is 94.4%.
  • This fall, UGA received 20,900 early action applications, an increase of 4,433 applications, or 27%, over last year. Meanwhile, overall enrollment has reached a record of 39,147.
  • The University continues to invest in faculty whose work directly impacts statewide and global issues. A Presidential Cluster Hiring initiative was recently launched that aims to recruit elite scholars in the fields of integrative precision agriculture and brain and behavioral health. The hiring initiative in integrative precision agriculture aims to recruit five faculty members over two years, with the first two faculty members joining UGA in fall 2021.
  • The goal of the brain and behavioral health hiring initiative is to recruit five faculty members over three years. That effort will begin with the recruitment of the Johnny Isakson Chair for Parkinson’s Research and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, a newly established chair which honors the former U.S. Senator and UGA alumnus. These investments are based on recommendations from the Provost’s Task Force on Academic Excellence, which identified several areas of strength where the University can build upon its expertise and maximize its impact on society. The president thanked Provost Hu and the Task Force and stated that he looks forward to the many ways these new faculty will add to UGA's research enterprise and learning environment.
  • The president stated that in July he announced a variety of steps UGA would be taking to foster a more welcoming, inclusive, and supportive learning environment. Recently, one of these programs, the "Community Conversations on Race and Racism,” which will engage the campus in open and constructive dialogue around race, was launched. These conversations are being led by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and aim to promote positive change and unity across the UGA community.
  • The president stated that he was pleased to have recently approved another recommendation from the Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community.The University will create a diversity fellowship position to expand access to diversity and inclusion training across our campus.The new role, funded by private dollars, will focus on building new programs to meet the growing demand for participation in the popular Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program.This project follows the establishment of the Horace J. Johnson, Jr. Lecture on Race, Law, and Policy in September. The president stated that he looks forward to receiving additional proposals from the task force in the months ahead.   
  • On October 16, the University conducted the rescheduled spring undergraduate commencement ceremony. Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson served as commencement speaker. The fall graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies, previously scheduled to take place in Stegeman Coliseum, will be held virtually on December 18. The president thanked everyone who has worked tirelessly to ensure that graduating students are appropriately honored and looks forward to celebrating graduates safely in this unique format.
  • Last week was Ethics Awareness Week on campus. A series of events highlighted the University’s core values of integrity, excellence, accountability, and respect. This important tradition is a part of UGA’s ongoing effort to promote an ethical culture and to raise awareness about ethics resources available at UGA.
  • This completed the president’s report to the Council.
The floor was then opened for the following reports: The following action items were presented to the Council for consideration: The following information items were presented to the Council:
  • An update and report from the COVID-19 Response Committee (CRC) provided by Co-Chairs Janette Hill and Annette Poulsen.
  • 2019-2020 Academic Honesty report from the Educational Affairs Committee.
  • The Franklin College Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Baldwin Hall Final Report and Supporting Documents. During discussion, David Lee and Ryan Nesbit both requested that President Morehead include as part of the information item a response to the report from May 13, 2019. The president stated that the response would be made available in the minutes and attached to the ad hoc committee’s final report supporting documents.
  • Establishment of a new Center on Human Trafficking Research and Innovation from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
There being no old or new business, the meeting adjourned at 5:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Fiona Like, Registrar
Secretary to University Council

University Council Members Present
Aliya Abdulla  
Koushik Adhikari  
Asim Ahmed  
Sonia Altizer (substitute for John Gittleman)
Scott Ardoin (substitute for Denise Spangler)
Rebecca Atkins  
Ben Ayers  
Shuyang Bai  
Joseph Bartges  
Randy Beck  
Erin Benson  
John Bergstrom  
Soraya Bertioli  
Laura Bierema  
Barbara Biesecker  
Abigail Borron  
Benjamin Britton  
Megan Brock (substitute for Lindsey Coco)
Wayde Brown  
Tamora Callands  
John Campbell  
Alvin Camus  
Mary Ager Caplan  
Tina Carpenter  
Jim Carson  
Jennifer Ceska  
Alex Cherkinsky  
Shira Chess  
Ewan Cobran  
Gregory Colson  
Kelly Cona  
Julian Cook  
Michael Cotterell  
Melanie Crawford  
Douglas Crowe  
Marcus da Cunha  
Joe Dahlen  
Carolina Darbisi  
Marsha Davis  
Nancy Dellaria  
Don DeMaria  
Erin Dolan  
Alan Dorsey  
Devin Dumont  
Stephan Durham  
Puneet Dwivedi  
Juliet Eden  
Lillian Fant  
Mark Farmer  
Patrick Femia  
Isabel Flanagan  
Alisa Fountain  
Linda Fox  
Kara Fresk  
Jennifer Frum  
Nick Fuhrman  
Lisa Fusillo  
Ted Futris  
Jim Garrett  
Gary Glasser  
Morganne Goddard  
Cari Goetcheus  
Adam Goodie  
Leslie Gordon  
Toby Graham  
Connor Green  
Dale Greene  
Timothy Grey  
Mary Guay  
Mussie Habteselassie  
Chase Hagood  
Lindsey Harding  
Bridget Helms  
Savannah Hembree  
Bryson Henriott  
Kyle Hensel  
Nik Heynen  
Janette Hill  
Daniel Hill  
Itai Himelboim  
Sonia Hirt  
Steven Holladay  
Bradley Howard  
Jack Hu  
Patricia Hunt-Hurst  
Stuart Ivy  
David Jackson  
Angel Jackson  
René Jagnow  
Kevin James  
Beverly Johnson  
Lori Johnston (substitute for Keith Herndon)
Christopher Jue  
Laura Kelley  
Kathleen Kern  
David Key  
Daehyun Kim (substitute for Sarah Sumners)
Paula Krimer  
Cheryl Kwapong  
William Lanzilotta  
Monique Leclerc  
David Lee  
Leslie Lee (substitute for Michelle Nuss)
Shayla Lee  
Casie LeGette  
Derrick Lemons  
Donald Leo  
Zachary Lewis  
Fiona Liken  
Elizabeth Little  
Anthony Madonna  
Sharina Maillo-Pozo  
Anish Malladi  
Anthony Mallon  
John Maltese (substitute for Matthew Auer)
Sudhagar Mani  
Daniel Markewitz  
Michael Marshall  
Jean Martin-Williams  
Ann Massey  
Mandy Mastrovita  
Mark Mayfield  
Ray McClellan  
Jamie McClung  
Matthew McDaniel  
Michelle McElhannon (substitute for Keith Herist)
Daniel Mead  
Alexander Medina  
Kristina Meichner  
Sheba MohanKumar  
Myra Moore  
Jere Morehead  
Tiffany Mukundi  
Mandi Murph  
Amy Murphy  
David Mustard  
Luke Naeher  
Ryan Nesbit  
Lisa Nolan  
David Okech  
Kerry Oliver  
Joseph Olmsted  
Andrew Park  
Scott Pegan (substitute for Trisha Branan)
John Peroni  
David Peterson  
Mary Poland  
Annette Poulsen  
Hadden Powell  
Catherine Pringle  
Tarun Ramesh  
Fred Reifsteck  
Margaret Renwick  
Lisa Renzi-Hammond  
Rosanna Rivero  
Chris Robinson  
Amanda Rugenski  
Bo Rutledge  
Robert Sabatini  
Eman Saleh  
Ann Hollis Sanders  
Esra Santesso  
Nina Santus  
Christine Scartz  
Anna Scheyett  
Robert Scott  
Yoo-Kyoung Seock  
Anne Shaffer  
Robin Shelton  
David Shipley  
Rahul Shrivastav  
Ashfaq Sial  
Jacek Siry  
Kelly Smith  
Tim Smolko  
Jeff Springston (substitue for Charles Davis)
Nikhil Srinivasan (substitute for Mark Huber)
Elizabeth St. Pierre  
Alexander Stelzleni  
Stevie Stigler  
Donnie Summerlin  
Thiab Taha  
Li Tan  
Lili Tang  
Harshavardhan Thippareddi  
Ciera Thomas  
Olga Thomason  
Lori Tiller  
Nick Toebben  
Cynthia Tope  
Tracey Tuberville  
Bram Tucker  
Kari Turner  
Pamela Turner  
Ron Walcott  
Gerena Walker  
Isabelle Wallace  
Avery Warner  
Joseph Watson  
Richard Watson  
Janet Westpheling  
Jarred Williams  
Victor Wilson  
Montgomery Wolf  
Beth Woods  
C. Brock Woodson  
Bradley Wright (substitute for George Krause)
Qian Xiao  
Angela Yao  
Jason Zastre  

Voting Results of November 18, 2020 Meeting