University Announces PPP Task Force Members

October 15, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

Members of the University’s Program Prioritization Process (PPP) Task Force have been appointed by president Alastair Summerlee.

The University community had been asked to nominate faculty and staff members to fill 10 positions — five faculty, five staff — on the task force. Students had been asked to apply for two internship positions — one undergraduate and one graduate — with full voting and membership rights and responsibilities.

The Senate Bylaws Committee reviewed all nominees for representative composition and task force charter and membership attributes before sharing a list of candidates with the president. Summerlee accepted the recommended slate without change.

Members are:

Faculty: Profs. Wayne Caldwell, Ontario Agricultural College (OAC); Darren Wood, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC); Jonathan Newman, OAC and College of Arts (COA); Bill Van Heyst, College of Physical and Engineering Science (CPES); and Steven Newmaster, College of Biological Science (CBS).

Staff: Cara Wehkamp, Student Life; Heidi Huisman, College of Management and Economics (and formerly Audit Services); Steve Seifried, CPES; Michelle Fach, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support; and Dan MacLachlan, Physical Resources.

Students will be represented by undergraduate Noorain Shethwala, criminal justice and public policy, and OAC graduate student Anne Laarman.

The task force includes seven current and two past chairs of Senate standing committees, as follows: Profs. Coral Murrant, Planning and Priorities; Ian Newby-Clark, Quality Assurance; Scott McEwen, Graduate Studies; Kerry Godfrey, BUGS; Alison Duncan, Non-Degree Studies; Catherine Carstairs, Bylaws; Ann Wilson, Research Board; Paul Salmon, past chair of Non-Degree Studies , and Al Sullivan, past chair of Planning and Priorities.

Sullivan will serve as task force chair, and Fach, vice-chair.

As a key part of the PPP, the task force will assess all academic and non-academic programs and services under a University-wide initiative to identify and focus on U of G’s strengths.

Its 21 members will review and rank program information submitted by units and then share program rankings in a report.

Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic), will lead the prioritization effort and serve as its spokesperson.

“I want to thank the members of the bylaws committee for their work and dedication,” she said. “I know it was a difficult and challenging task to select a limited number of candidates out of a set of outstanding nominees. I would also like to express my thanks and appreciation to all those who were willing to stand for nomination, and to their nominators as well.”

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