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Chaparral 2014-2015: 23.6 Governance TidBit

Governance TidBit (May 2015)

Governance TitBit: Is My Term Up?
The Blue List Decoded

by Frankie Strong

Governance Coordinator


First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for serving as a governance committee representative!

And … it’s that time of year when the semester is coming to a close, graduation is around the corner, “birds” are leaving the nest…AND terms on governance committees are coming to an end.

How does one know when their term ends?
On the Blue List the numbers after a name indicates how long a rep, usually a voting member, will serve.  For example, “Jake Smith (14-15)”, the numbers indicate that Jake Smith’s term on this particular committee will end at the close of the 2014-2015 academic year.  So when the spring semester comes to a close, Jake Smith will no longer be a voting member of the committee.  

The Blue List has information on governance committee members, and also lists a committee’s meeting time and mission statement.  It is available on the governance webpage:

Faculty representatives are appointed to a 4-year term and CSEA classified representatives are appointed for a 2-year term.  Student reps and resource members do not have terms of service.  Most administration reps do not have terms as their seat on the committee is related to the job position.

Joe Java’s term is over, his seat is vacant!  How can the committee continue without him?  
When Joe exits the committee, another representative will have already been appointed.  The trick here is that throughout the spring semester, the appointing agencies are hard at work making appointments to ensure that there is no gap in representation.  Ideally incoming reps begin their term at the start of July.  A short explanation of the appointing process includes these key ingredients:  volunteers, appointments, acceptance of the appointment.  We’ll get more into the appointment process in a future article.

Aha, now when you look at the Blue List you’ll know what those numbers in parentheses mean – but of course you, already knew it.  Terms - it enables us to have broad participation from all segments of the campus.  

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