Sept. 27, 2007
By Jessica Alfrey and Anita Martin
Student Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday night calling on the Ohio University Board of Trustees to consider written materials from constituent groups when conducting presidential evaluations and asking the board to make its evaluation process and results entirely open and transparent to the public.
Currently, the board meets with representatives from various university constituencies to hear their reviews of the president's performance. No minutes are taken, and the board does not accept written assessments.
"Without written documentation, how can we be sure that our input is heard?" said Chris Diehl, academic affairs senator and lead sponsor of the resolution. "We don't just want a portion of this process to be transparent; we want it all to be completely transparent."
Graduate Student Senate passed a resolution Monday calling for an independent third party to conduct the presidential evaluation. Otherwise, the senate plans to boycott the evaluation. No such boycott clause was included in the Student Senate resolution.
"After reflecting on talks with a number of you on senate, we came to the conclusion that (a boycott) would not be constructive," Diehl said. He noted that he would not want to see the board discontinue its review of constituency input altogether.
In another matter, senate President Tim Vonville announced the creation of a committee to assess the last spring's vote of no confidence in President Roderick McDavis. The committee, which plans to draft a report by Nov. 20, will try to assess why students voted the way they did, what campus problems and positives students perceive related to the administration, how these issues affected voting patterns, how informed students were prior to voting and where they found their information.
In other meeting highlights:
- Amanda Estok announced in her City and County Affairs report that the city of Athens has selected a Columbus-based engineering firm, Burgess and Niple Inc., to provide design options for improving the Richland Avenue and Ohio 682 intersection, the Richland Avenue Bridge and the Richland Avenue corridor from Ohio 682 to President Street.
- Deonna Whitfield, senator for Black Affairs, announced that the Commission for Black Affairs and the Ohio University chapter of the NAACP will jointly host an event this Sunday titled Strengthening Our Sisters. The event, which will focus on promoting love, strength and understanding among black women, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the multipurpose room of Baker University Center's Multicultural Center.