Minutes from Past Faculty Senate Discussions re Library, Institute

From the SMU Faculty Senate Minutes:  April 3, 2002.  President Brettell reported on the activities of the Executive Committee. She noted a concern about the expanding number of lecturers and adjuncts teaching at SMU, as well as the fast-approaching deadline for compliance with NCAA Title IX. She said the Ex Comm had discussed the possible siting of the President George W. Bush Library at SMU, and urged faculty to attend the Woodward-Bernstein Forum on April 16, where 100 seats have been reserved for faculty. April 21, 2004.  President Turner addressed the Senate. He spoke about five topics. First, the quadrennial re-constitution of the Board of Trustees is under way. It should be completed this summer. Second, the public part of the second capital campaign may open by 2008, and continue until 2015. The Bush Presidential Library, should it be given to SMU, will be incorporated into the campaign. A number of the donors to the library could be expected to live outside

. Feb. 1, 2006.  President Turner delivered a report on Real Estate Acquisitions made in pursuit of the Centennial Master Plan. Planning for SMU’s future growth requires acquisition of appropriate available land. Future campus developments might include intramural fields, sophomore housing, the Bush Library, research facilities, and graduate student housing. Space utilization consultants have been hired to assist the university in planning an efficient use of current and projected space.  Dec. 6, 2006[President Turner discussed the university’s proposal in detail at this meeting, but minutes have not yet been approved and posted.] 

 From the Academic Policies Committee of the Senate:

There are only two references to the library since 2001. Note that even if a faculty member read every word in Senate documents, the impression s/he would have is that we were courting a library and POLICY SCHOOL-not a think tank. Note in particular the reference to “ Bush School/ Library” in *the most recent report*, that of April 2006.

Annual Report of the Academic Policies Committee AY 2004-2005 (April 18, 2005) [The context for the material below is discussion of the creation of the School of Education and Human Development.]

In sum, the Academic Policies Committee fully supported the creation of a suitable new home for our colleagues in educational research and teaching. However, we believed that we did have a responsibility to raise warning signals when they were needed. We were convinced that we were justified in recommending that further deliberation was necessary before a final proposal was sent to the Board of Trustees. Nevertheless, the new School was presented to the Board in February. But the larger point had been emphasized, one that should serve us well in the event that a Bush School of Public Service is on the horizon, which it may well be. This, quite simply, is that the faculty must be engaged at every significant level of conceptualization, development, and implementation of a new school. We believe that the proposal accepted by the Board is much better because of the critical and constructive role played by the Faculty Senate (including that of our committee) under the leadership of Christine Buchanan. Together, in the partnership forged between the Senate and the Provost, many of the major objections were satisfactorily addressed.

Report of the Academic Policies Committee, AY 2005-2006 (April 21, 2006)Monitor the development of the proposal for the Bush School/Library-the Committee, like all faculty, have followed the saga of the proposal in local media. The committee received a briefing from Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, Patti LaSalle, on the proposal, possible sites, the University
Gardens litigation, and the reasons for the university’s public posture of little or no comment on the process.


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