The University Record, March 25, 2002

Three new members elected to SACUA

By Martin May

The Senate Assembly elected three members March 18 to serve on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA).

The new members are Stanley Berent, professor of psychology with academic appointments in the departments of psychiatry, neurology, occupational medicine and psychology; William Ensminger, professor of internal medicine and of pharmacology, and a former chair of SACUA; and Silvia Pedraza, associate professor of sociology. Berent, Ensminger and Pedraza will serve three-year terms beginning May 1.

“It is an honor to have been elected to SACUA,” says Berent. “I will, of course, need to learn from the existing group the priorities of existing issues. Beyond that, I plan to focus on what I termed ‘emerging issues’ in my position statement, and there are many that need attention. It will be important that we meet these challenges effectively but in a manner that minimizes potential interference with our various missions.”

William Ensminger says, “I am deeply honored to be elected to this important position within central faculty governance. I will do my best to persistently represent faculty interests to the better good of the University.”

Silvia Pedraza was contacted by the Record, but did not respond.

The three newly elected members replace outgoing SACUA members Peter Ward, the Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Pathology, SACUA chair Mojtaba Navvab, associate professor of architecture and urban planning, and Bruce Karnopp, associate professor of mechanical engineering. For more information, visit the Web at