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The Governance Steering Council represents the interests of UB's three governance bodies—the Faculty Senate, the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association—to UB and University System of Maryland administration.

Bylaws , ratified Oct. 24, 2013

2015-16 Governance Steering Council Members

  • Adrian Boafo (student)
  • vacant (student)
  • J.C. Weiss (faculty)

Meetings, 2014-15 academic year

Minutes will be posted upon approval.

Date Time Location Minutes
Friday, August 15 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431 approved
Friday, August 29 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431 cancelled
Friday, September 12 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431 approved
Friday, September 26 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431 approved
Friday, October 3 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431 approved
Friday, October 17 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431 approved
Friday, November 7 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431  approved
Friday, November 21 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431  aprroved
Friday, December 5 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431  cancelled
Friday, December 19 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431  cancelled
Friday, January 16 12:30-2 p.m. BC 431  cancelled
Friday, February 6 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  approved
Friday, February 20 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  approved
Friday, March 6 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  cancelled
Friday, March 20 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  approved
Friday, April 10 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  approved
Friday, April 24 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  
Friday, May 8 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  cancelled
Friday, June 5 1:45-3:15 p.m. SC 303  


  • 2015-16

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  • 2014-15

    GSC Goals
    Our primary goal for the year is to consider and act so as to enhance mission success. Within that broader goal we hope to work to:

    1. Increase our institution’s capability to deliver student facing, operational resources and services to students, enhancing their ability to succeed.
    2. Use data driven decision making to serve the students we admit, enhancing their ability to succeed.
    3. Develop the student’s experience base enhancing their ability to succeed.
  • 2013-14

    Enrollment Study Group Report
    In fall 2011, UB President Robert L. Bogomolny charged an Enrollment Study Group with examining and defining the "profile" of UB's current student body and its future student body. The goal was to determine what future UB students will need to achieve success and what UB can do to anticipate those needs. In March 2013, the group released a report (accessible on the T drive to faculty and staff at T:/Enrollment_Study_Group_Report) containing a set of recommendations on pp. 124-127 (within section 16 of the report). If student leaders would like to review a copy of the full report, please contact your Student Government Association representatives.

    DRAFT Academic Plan
    The Academic Plan (draft document) was created by the academic deans and is currently under review for comment and potential revision in each of the faculty senates. The University Faculty Senate anticipates receiving comments and having a discussion leading to a potential endorsement of the plan at its March meeting. That discussion will begin at the February University Faculty Senate meeting. The Academic Plan is expected by the leadership of the University's strategic planning efforts to play an integral role in formulating the University's strategic plan.

    Law School Reuse Space Planning
    This plan was presented to the UB community during a town hall, hosted by the Office of the President and the Governance Steering Council, on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Units impacted by this plan will be contacted by the Office of Facilities Management and Capital Planning as the scope of work, budget and implementation schedule are developed.

    FY 14 Developing Institutional Priorities

    Budget Process and Priorities Town Hall Presentation, April 10, 2013
    with budget priorities for FY 14 presented by University Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and Student Government Association

    FY 15 Budget Priorities
    as submitted to the Governance Steering Council by the University Faculty Senate, the UB Staff Senate and the Student Government Association

University Committees

The Governance Steering Council ensures that University committees are appropriately staff and ensures balanced committee membership that represents the colleges, schools, disciplines and other divisions of the University, appropriate to the goals of the committee.

Membership is listed under each committee description.

  • University Budget Committee

    The committee is charged with taking a holistic view of the university budget and the budgeting process emphasizing the university's central educational mission. The Budget Committee will provide counsel to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance to develop an effective timeline and budget process, gather and review budget-related data, provide constructive feedback to enable the governing bodies to have timely input into budget decisions, and enhance and maintain communication channels by holding regularly scheduled meetings to discuss current budget issues. Analysis and recommendations to the University President are shared with the governance bodies through the GSC. The committee is composed of representatives of each governance body. The Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Provost, and a designee from the Office of Human Resources shall be ex officio members.


    Ed Gibson, faculty; 410.837.6117
    J.C. Weiss, faculty; 410.837.4998
    James Hale, staff; 410.837.5172
    Michael Swaby-Rowe, staff; 410.837.4945
    Patricia Bishop, student
    Anna Pirog, student
    Harry Schuckel, ex officio member; 410.837.4743
    Joseph Wood, ex officio member; 410.837.5244
    Mary Maher, ex officio member; 410.837.5392


    Fiscal Year 2015
    September 18, 2014
    October 16, 2014
    November 20, 2014
    January 15, 2015
    February 25, 2015
    March 25, 2015
    Town Hall - April 27, 2015

    Fiscal Year 2014
    Minutes: July 16, 2013
    Minutes: Oct. 1, 2013
    Minutes: Oct. 30, 2013
    Minutes: Nov. 20, 2013
    Minutes: Jan. 28, 2014
    Minutes: March 6, 2014

  • University Culture and Diversity Committee

    The committee is charged with recommending initiatives that promote a culture free from discrimination, foster an appreciation of diverse ideas and capabilities, and enhance an understanding of the global community. Specifically, the committee will develop and communicate clear and consistent descriptions of UB's diversity objectives and initiatives, make policy recommendations, and prepare the annual Cultural Diversity Report for USM. The committee is composed of representatives of each governance body, the Director of the Diversity and Culture Center, and the Director of Center for Educational Access. A designee from the Provost's office shall serve as an ex officio member.


    Mark Bell, faculty; 410.837.4464
    Fiona Glade, faculty; 410.837.5914
    Michael Campitelli, staff; 410.837.5265
    Melissa Manthorne, staff; 410.837.5003
    Toni Martsoukos, staff alternate; 410.837.6298
    Ayodele Elugbaju, student
    Tyler Starkweather, student
    Karla Shepherd, shared governance; 410.837.4760
    Karyn Schulz, shared governance; 410.837.4141
    Catherine Anderson, ex officio member; 410.837.6205


    2013-14 Action Plan

  • University Planning and Facilities Committee (Campus Environment)

    The purpose of this committee is to ensure communication between administrators responsible for the University's facilities and campus environment and the various constituents of the university. The campus environment is defined as including the physical environment (building/grounds, neighborhood, security, ecological/sustainable) and the virtual environment (online learners, web-based environment). Responsibilities of the committee include collecting relevant information, fostering communication between interested groups and preparing recommendations for consideration by the governing bodies and administration. The committee is composed of representatives of each governance body. The Vice President for Facility Management and Capital Planning and the Chief Information Officer, or their designees, shall be ex officio members.


    Joanne Colvin, faculty; 410.837.4373
    Bill Helman, faculty; 410.837.4209
    Blair Blankinship, staff; 410.837.5714
    Erica Carter, staff; 410.837.5024
    Chris Hart, staff alternate; 410.837.5739
    Andrew Robinson, student
    Duane Bond, student
    Neb Sertsu, ex officio member; 410.837.4666
    Paul Walsh, ex officio member; 410.837.5367

    Minutes: Sept. 18, 2013
    Minutes: Nov. 11, 2013
    Minutes: Feb. 19, 2014

  • University Work Life Committee

    The committee is charged with improving the work lives of all employees and advancing the University's commitment to a culture of civility and equality. It has two primary functions: to review and assess issues which impact the quality of employment, and to review and make recommendations on policies, programs and services to improve the working lives of employees. The committee is composed of representatives of each governance body. The university's chief human resource officer, or his/her designee, shall serve as an ex officio member.


    Aidan Faust, faculty; 410.837.4334
    Courtney Gasser, faculty; 410.837.6760
    Susan Schubert, staff; 410.837.5993
    Cindy Schuster, staff; 410.837.5150
    Antonette Joseph, staff alternate; 410.837.4119
    Michael Carrington, student
    Casey Gunn, student
    Rebecca Spence, ex officio member; 410.837.5746

    2013-14 Action Plan
    Minutes: Oct. 10, 2013

    Minutes: Oct. 25, 2013
Last Published 10/2/15