The University Record, April 15, 2002

Koopmann elected new SACUA chair

By Martin May

Charles Koopmann, professor of medicine in otorhinolaryngology, and in pediatrics and communicable diseases, has been elected the new SACUA chair to serve May 1, 2002–April 30, 2003. John Gobetti, professor of dentistry, was reelected vice chair for the same period. Koopmann replaces outgoing chair Mojtaba Navvab.

Koopmann says he’ll continue the focus on the issues of intellectual property, faculty composition and prescription drugs. “We shall certainly need to monitor the effects of the new prescription drug policy upon faculty and staff and make recommendations for modifications as problems are identified,” Koopmann says.

He also hopes the group can finalize a document on teaching principles that is mutually agreeable to faculty and administration. Koopmann says he will work with other SACUA members to “maintain current programs of excellence in the face of tight budgetary constraints while, at the same time, developing new programs or initiatives will be of major concern to us.”

Koopmann says he is looking forward to working with Interim President White and Interim Provost Courant. “Both of these leaders have expressed a willingness to work with the faculty representatives to address major issues in a very substantive way. Also, I would hope to be able to develop an appropriate line of communication with representatives of the Board of Regents,” he says. Developing close working relationships with student and alumni representatives is another goal.

Koopmann’s term on SACUA expires April 30, 2004. Gobetti’s term expires April 30, 2003.