Executive Committee

November 2, 2018 - 1:10 p.m.
Center for Law & Justice, Berson Boardroom, Room 292, Newark Campus


9:30 a.m. – Board Academy charter bus for Newark in Lot 98B, College Farm Road, near Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Building on the Cook Campus.  [If you’re driving, please see parking and other information below.]

Approximately 10:30 a.m. – Arrive in Newark at the Center for Law & Justice, Berson Boardroom - Room 292, 123 Washington Street, for coffee and to drop any belongings you don't wish to bring on the tour. 

11:00 a.m. – Irene O'Brien, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, will lead us on a tour of the Rutgers- Newark Alumni Center.

12:00 noon – Lunch with Chancellor Cantor in the Berson Boardroom - Room 292 at the Center for Law and Justice. [Please note that valid ID is required to enter the building.]

1:00 p.m. – Executive Committee meeting begins at the lunch location.

Approximately 4:30 p.m. – Board charter bus for return trip to New Brunswick.


Map and directions for the Center for Law and Justice 


Please email Morgan Nemes ( for further instructions if you do not have a Faculty/Staff parking permit and plan to drive to the meeting.


1.    Chair’s Report  - Peter Gillett, Senate Chair

2.    Secretary’s Report 
- Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the Senate

3.    Administrative Report - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

4.    Nomination of the Alumni Representative to the Executive Committee

Jennie Owens, Alumni Representative to the Executive Committee, has resigned her seat on the EC as well as on the Senate, citing conflicts between her work and the Senate schedule, as of October 5.

5.    Proposed Resolution regarding the partnership process between RWJ Barnabas, Rutgers Health and the Rutgers University Faculty - Submitted by Joseph Markert on behalf of the Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee (FPAC)

The FPAC supports full and transparent participation of RBHS faculty and staff in the ongoing discussions centered on the newly formed partnership between RWJ Barnabas, Rutgers Health and RBHS through an impartial group whose members have no conflict of interest arising from ties with the RWJ Barnabas system. We feel that there needs to be RBHS select faculty and staff involvement in the process to ensure the faculty and staff are able to fulfill their mission, including providing high quality and appropriate care to their patient population.

Master Affiliation Agreement between Rutgers University, Rutgers Health Group, and RWJ Barnabas Health

6.    Committees/Panels 

Committee Response:

Research and Graduate & Professional Education Committee (RGPEC) Response to President Barchi's Response to S-1703: Grant Costs - Adam Kustka, RGPEC Chair

President Barchi's response to S-1703 on May 8, 2018. After the Executive Committee discussed his response at the June 8, 2018 EC meeting, it was determined a return-response was to be drafted by the RGPEC and submitted to the Executive Committee by October 2018.

Issues/Proposed Charges:

Proposed Charge on Facilities and Infrastructure - Submitted by Adam Kustka, UC-N Faculty Senator

Proposed Charge:

Evaluate the current systems and processes, status of plans for University research facilities and infrastructure and whether they are capable of sustaining competitive and cutting-edge research.


External funding agencies that the University provides and maintains the core infrastructure necessary for proposed and currently funded projects. Those involved in the entire spectrum of research activities (researchers) are impacted by the disconnected between researchers and those - at the various administrative levels - who make decisions about building, improving, and maintaining facilities and infrastructure. Serious problems in existing facilities and infrastructure influence daily research activities, the ability to compete for new grants, and the recruitment of our next generation of research faculty and graduate students. The process for prioritizing and funding facility maintenance and improvements, and the parties responsible for this, are not consistent or well defined. The committee plans to evaluate the relevant systems and plans and to make recommendations to create a comprehensive, robust, actionable, and sustainable plan that will support infrastructure needed for world-class research at the university.

Proposed Charge to Student Affairs Committee on Student's University Locker System - Submitted by Julie Serrano, SAS-NB Student Senator

Proposed Charge:

Consider if the student-used university locker system should be expanded; provide recommendations on what, if any, changes should be made.


Commuter students in New Brunswick have indicated a need for lockers on all campuses. The students who drive have stated that their cars are usually far away from their class/bus stops. It is inconvenient to go back and forth so they are forced to carry a heavy load each day. Students who use public transportation to get to and from campus are also buried with that same burden. Currently, there are only lockers on Cook and College Avenue Campuses with a code that expires at 12 a.m. each night.

Proposed Charge on University Office of Sustainability and Engagement - Submitted by Kathleen Parrish, SEBS Student Senator and Julie Serrano, SAS-NB Student Senator

Proposed Charge:

Research and make recommendations regarding the creation of a university-wide Office of Sustainability and Engagement.


Global organizations such as the United Nations have taken a holistic approach to Sustainability to address the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. They have encouraged universities to be leaders in this movement. The Rutgers University Strategic Plan states its dedication to sustainability. Furthermore, as a land-grant university, Rutgers has a responsibility to promote, health, welfare, and economic prosperity of people in New Jersey. Rutgers Business School has signed on to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education, as a step towards demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. However, Rutgers still stands alone in the Big 10 as the only school that does not have an Office of Sustainability to provide leadership in benchmarking its sustainability efforts. As a result, or efforts to fulfill our Strategic Plan and land-grant mission have many gaps, as they are often siloed and unable to reach their full potential.

A Sustainability Committee of mostly faculty, created in 2005 and reinvigorated in 2014 has attempted to fill these gaps. The Committee has created a University-wide sustainability website to be released soon, and it has held the event, RU Sustainable, each semester for the last three years. Students working with the committee have formed their own coalition of close to 20 student organizations looking to address these issues at the student level. Within RUSA, the Sustainability Task Force, further research the topic and compiled their findings in a 2017-18 report, also recommending the creation of an Office of Sustainability.

Together, we have learned that understanding and coordinating our sustainability efforts across campuses is a full-time job, and cannot be left to what little time staff and students are able to contribute on a volunteer basis. What's more the information gap created by the current lack of communication and leadership in sustainability is leading us to missed opportunities. Our students are missing chances to learn and engage in an up-and-coming field. Our researchers lose out on collaborative projects, access to funding opportunities, and a seat at the table when policy solutions are being discussed. Our centers and academic schools are missing out on chances to easily collaborate across schools and disciplines. With an office, we can take action on these opportunities and more. Potential students would be attracted to study at Rutgers to network with multi-national organizations and add sustainability to their academic and professional experience. If those potential students are engaged in sustainability efforts they are more likely to stay in contact with Rutgers as alumni, and mentor other students in their sustainability journey. An Office of Sustainability and Engagement under the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement would work with stakeholders and on-going efforts on and off campus to ensure that our students, alumni, faculty, staff, administration, and our state can live, learn, and succeed in sustainability. Rutgers has the potential to become a national and global leader in sustainability continuing its lasting legacy.

7.    New Business

8.    University Senate Agenda

November 16, 2018 Senate Meeting: 

9.    Adjournment

The bus will depart for New Brunswick 15 minutes post-adjournment.