Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lehman named secretary of the Senate; SACUA elections delayed

One U-M faculty governance body elected a new secretary of the Senate on Monday, while another delayed for one month the election of new members to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA).

  John Lehman

The University Senate on Monday elected John Lehman as secretary of the Senate.

Lehman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, received 64 votes while M. Robert Fraser, associate director for scholarly resources at UM-Dearborn's Mardigian Library, received 51. Fraser had served the past year as interim secretary.

Lehman will serve a three-year term, and is charged with maintaining records for U-M's faculty governance panels and with keeping the minutes of meetings of the University Senate and Senate Assembly.

In a separate meeting, the Senate Assembly was to have voted on three nominees to succeed three members who will leave SACUA on April 30, but Chair Ed Rothman asked for a motion to delay the vote to give more candidates an opportunity to come forward.

The motion was approved unanimously. The election of new SACUA members now is scheduled to occur at the April 25 Senate Assembly meeting.

The University Senate consists of all professorial faculty, librarians, full-time research faculty, executive officers and deans. The Senate Assembly consists of 74 elected faculty members from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. SACUA is a nine-member executive arm of the University Senate and Senate Assembly.