April 13, 2012
By now you have likely seen the Reynoso Report. The report is outstanding and I congratulate the Task Force for their diligence, insight and clarity in identifying both the issues surrounding the events of November 18th and recommendations for moving forward. Our own committee, the Davis Division's Special Committee on the November 18th (Special Committee) Incident is in the process of analyzing the content of this report. The Special Committee will meet with the Executive Council and the Chancellor on April 20. I anticipate releasing outcomes of that important discussion after our meeting on next Friday. I also plan to schedule a special session of the Representative Assembly to discuss the Special Committee's conclusions and findings as well as those of the Reynoso Report. I will let you know the date of that special Representative Assembly meeting. I conferred with Executive Council and we decided to hold another Representative Assembly meeting in order to allow our representatives and their departmental colleagues adequate time to review the Reynoso and Kroll reports.
Important business is scheduled for discussion by the Division at the April 17th Representative Assembly meeting. Foremost is discussion of the Special Committee on Athletics Report. This special committee was created at the request of the Representative Assembly in October 2011, to review the Vision for the Future of UC Davis Athletics. The presentation of the Athletics Special Committee Report at the April meeting is the final step in determining the Davis Division of the Academic Senate's position. A clear position statement by the Senate will be essential as we enter the final stages of selection of a new Athletics Director. Additionally, Chancellor Katehi will provide the annual State of the Campus Address during the April 17th meeting. During the State of the Campus Address I expect Chancellor to discuss some of the important issues facing the campus including a new budget model, the 2020 Initiative, and the on-going reduction in state funding to UC.
I will continue to provide updates as important information becomes available.
Linda F. Bisson, Chair
Davis Division of the Academic Senate
Professor: Viticulture and Enology