Finance & Administration Committee

Chair:  Chris Shea

The Finance and Administration Committee will concern itself with the financial affairs of the University, including establishing priorities and allocating funds within the budget.

The chair of this committee or the chair’s designee should attend meetings as an observer to the Financial Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and also the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee for Investments. The chair or designee should attend meetings as a member of the Central Budget Committee.

Reports and motions need to be forwarded electronically to the Agenda Committee for review and placement on the agenda, which will be sent to Senators on the Thursday or Friday before the Senate meeting. Every effort will be made to include reports and motions as electronic back-ups for each Faculty Senate meeting so that Senators have access to the material ahead of time and can be prepared to deliberate on the materials. The Committee’s assistance with preparing and submitting the documents to assist the Senate is greatly appreciated.

Corresponding Administrators:

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Charges:

Finance and Administration Committee

Charges for Academic Year 2017-2018

A.  Ongoing charge:

Continue to ask the administration to provide “timely and complete budgetary proposals for new academic initiatives and opportunities” Motion # XVI-M17

B.  New charges:

1. Continue fostering open lines of communication with the new Budget Advisory Committee, and with the vice-president for finance and administration.

2. Review the original goals of RCM (Responsibility Center Management) to see if any of those goals have already been met, and if any of those goals are being met now. (see Dan Proulx’s presentation on RCM from May 4, 2004 (RCM 101).

3. Determine if the percentage taken by the Central Administration to reduce their deficit will be reduced (rather than continue increasing), once that deficit has been eliminated.

4. Watch as the Honors Program residential project moves forward, to make sure that any funding for the project comes from outside donors as the Senate had recommended in its motion. Communicate with Jerry Marx on those financial issues.

5. Examine the issue of student debt load and its impact on academic outcomes.

Areas of Interest

A. What is the role of faculty in capital campaigns?

B. How can the university keep the costs of a UNH degree affordable?

Standing Charge

The charges from the Agenda Committee shall comprise the major and first-order work of the Finance and Administration Committee. However, the Committee may pursue additional issues in pursuit of its mission, stated above. If the additional issue interferes with the timelines stated in the charges above, the Committee must receive permission from the Agenda Committee before proceeding. If the additional interest does not interfere with the established timelines, the Committee must inform the Agenda Committee.

Finance and Administration Committee Membership

  • Chris Shea, Decision Science, PCBE, chair
  • Kenneth Baldwin, Mechanical Engineering, CEPS
  • Stephanie Clarke, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Science, COLSA
  • Michael Gass, Kinesiology, CHHS
  • Phillipe Hatcher, Computer Science, CEPS
  • William Knowles, Accounting & Finance, PCBE
  • John LaCourse, Electrical & Computer Engineering, CEPS
  • Buzz Scherr, School of Law
  • Stephan Shipe, Accounting & Finance, PCBE
  • Charli Valdez, English, COLA