BUDGET ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Submitted by Dr. Alan Harris, Chairperson
The first meeting of the Faculty Association Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) was held on
August 29, 2016. Alan Harris agreed to serve as the chair of the committee for the year. At this meeting, the committee discussed what they would like to accomplish during the year and who they would like to invite to meetings.
On September 26, 2016, the committee met with Janet Owens, the VP of Governmental Affairs.
Ms. Owens discussed budgetary issues relating to the legislative process and how the BAC can assist in the process. Ms. Owens detailed her role at UNF. For the 2017 legislative session, approximately $9.9M of recurring budgetary requests are expected, $1M of non-recurring and $16M of PECO requests are expected. Ms. Owens was asked by the committee to send her “Tallahassee Report” to all faculty when it is published to enable all faculty to be aware of legislative updates.
On October 24, 2016, the committee met with Dr. Tom Serwatka (VP and Chief of Staff) and Dr. Jay Coleman (Associate Provost). This meeting focused on a discussion of the current performance-based funding model for 2016-2017. Dr. Coleman let the committee know that he was in the process of going around campus do discuss the performance metrics with different groups. Both Dr. Serwatka and Coleman let the committee know that they would welcome any budgetary feedback from the committee.
On November 21, 2016, the committee met with Shari Shuman (VP of Administration and Finance). Ms. Shuman provided the committee with a budgetary update for the entire university. For the
2016-2017 budget, E&G allocations were: President’s Unit (4.6%), Administration and Finance (20.8%), Development and Alumni Engagement (1.7%), Student Affairs (4.4%) and Academic Affairs (68.5%). Ms. Shuman let the committee know that she would welcome any budgetary feedback from the committee.
On January 18, 2017, the committee met with Drs Radha Pyati, Chip Klostermeyer and Gordon Rakita (the current and past two FA presidents). The discussion focused on how the BAC could make a more meaningful contribution to FA. Several suggestions were made which are detailed in the January 2017 minutes. Based on the discussion, the committee decided to begin the process by properly understanding the budget timeline.
On February 15, 2017, the committee met with Anne Hoover (Director of Academic Affairs). Ms. Hoover outlined the 2017-2018 AA Campus Budget Calendar for the committee.
On March 30, 2017, the committee met with Dr. Jay Coleman (Associate Provost). Dr. Coleman discussed the current status of the budget. Dr. Coleman provided background information on how budget decisions are made. As part of this discussion, Dr. Coleman provided a summary and highlights of this year’s budget requests to AA.
In addition to these meetings, a discussion was held during the year to determine how better to engage the BAC into the budgetary process. During communications with Provost Traynham, it was agreed that in the future, the BAC chair would be invited to attend the two annual meetings in which the deans and AA discuss the budget proposal and priorities. Since at the time of this discussion the budget is not finalized, the BAC chair will only report back on the process, and not the specifics of the amounts for the various budget items. This was agreed to by the FA President and the Provost.