UCAR President's Council Summary Notes - 6 May 2011

Present for all agenda items: Rick Anthes, Maura Hagan, Katy Schmoll, Roger Wakimoto, and Matt Hirshland
Present for Item 2: Rena Brasher-Alleva
Present for Items 1-4: Cindy Schmidt
Present for Item 4: Aneka Finley

To view current and previous summary notes, click on:  https://www.ucar.edu/inside/internal/pc.

We convened at 8:00 am in the Fleischmann Building Board Room. 

1.       UCAR Communication Strategy.

Matt Hirshland (new UCAR Director of Communications, effective 6 June) presented his high-level ideas on a communication strategy for UCAR.  The Council agreed with his approach.  Matt will talk to individual members of the Council in the next few weeks to get their input.

2.       17 June Town Meeting.

We discussed plans for the 17 June Town Meeting to discuss the federal budget situation and how it affects UCAR, including recent impacts.  Rick went over a very preliminary version of the presentation, which will be shared between Rick and Roger, and received many useful comments.

3.       Planning for the NSF Director Visit 7 June.

Cindy led a discussion on the agenda for the upcoming visit of Dr. Subra Suresh, the new NSF Director, on 7 June.

4.       Discussion of the May Board of Trustees and Related Committee Meetings Agendas.

We discussed the final versions of the agendas for the May Board of Trustees meeting, as well as the Budget and Program, Audit and Finance, and Personnel Committee Meetings.

5.       Unstructured Discussion.

The Council discussed a draft proposal written for the establishment of an NCAR Distinguished Scientist or Research Engineer position and a Distinguished Scholar appointment.  These honors would also require a formal nomination and approval process.  Some minor modifications to the draft were proposed; with these changes the draft will be discussed with the Personnel Committee at its meeting later this month.

Roger provided a brief summary of the NSF review of RAL.  This review went very well, and Roger reported that the panel members were impressed with the Lab’s accomplishments.

We adjourned at 12:45 pm.

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