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Minutes of Meeting

Budget Advisory Committee Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Location: COAS Conference Room (Bldg 51/Rm 3201)

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. by Richard Patterson, chair.

Members Present:

Krista Paulsen, Richard Patterson, Bruce Kavan, Alan Harris, Stacy Boote, Adel El-Ansary

Members Absent:

Sam Kimball

Others Attending:

None (Shari Shuman was scheduled; did not attend)

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes

    Minutes from the 9/11/2015 meeting were unanimously approved.

  • New Business/Announcements/Other Discussions

    Scheduled guest Shari Shuman, Vice President, Administration & Finance, did not attend, so the committee proceeded with other agenda items.


    Discussion of possible guests for upcoming meetings; invitation will be extended to Jay Coleman, Associate Provost; also reschedule Shari Shuman (discussion of the anonymously submitted item to be addressed by VP Shuman will be rescheduled as well)


    Discussion of May 2009 report on Faculty and Administration expenditures compiled by Tom Serwatka. The Committee would like to know more about the methodology used in this report (particularly how Administrative FTE was calculated), and would like to see an updated version of this report that extends the analysis into 2015. This update should ideally include Table 5, which was referenced in the original report but not included.


    Discussion of Library Budget. Chair Richard Patterson reviewed with the Committee what he had presented to the Faculty Association in May 2015.  He will request an update on the Library’s budget from Dean Elizabeth Curry.


    Discussion of the Budget Advisory Committee’s charge and agenda for the year. 
    Following a review of the Committee’s charge, members discussed how the group could best serve the faculty and the University.
    Emphasis was placed in two areas:

    • Developing a better understanding of how the University is responding to the Performance Funding Metrics instituted by the Board of Governors. This would include gaining insight into what would happen if UNF were to fall into the “bottom three”; better understanding the switch to more non-recurring versus recurring funds; and learning about concrete strategies that the University is taking to improve performance as measured by the metrics. The group would like to invite a representative from the Metrics “working group” to provide a briefing, and a visit from Janet Owen to brief us on how the legislative process might be influenced.
    • The Committee continues to seek greater clarity on planning and budgeting processes. There is some perception that the ongoing financial “crisis” (resulting in part from the timing of the state budget relative to the fiscal year) has resulted in increased centralization of decision-making, and decreased transparency.
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
    Our next meeting will be determined online.