Amid all the wheeling and dealing in Salem toward the “grand bargain” Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders hashed out this week, the Oregon Senate did something it rarely does—it spiked a list of gubernatorial appointees. …
Republicans objected to a late-stage amendment to the legislation that would have included a faculty member on each board. GOP senators did not like the idea of faculty voting on issues that affected their own compensation, Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli explained on the floor.
“We’re disappointed in the outcome,” Raphael says. “We will probably wait to move this through in the November interim session.”
Actually the proposal to include faculty was not “a late-stage amendment”. My recollection is that the original proposal from Richard Lariviere included two voting faculty, one appointed by the faculty union. Gottfredson worked to get both removed, then the Democrats put back in. The RG gets this rather careful statement from Gottfredson on the history:
“I am disappointed that the Senate didn’t act on the confirmation of the board members, including faculty and staff,” UO President Michael Gottfredson said in a prepared statement. “I was active in the development of legislation creating institutional boards and supportive of the end product that included faculty and non-faculty representation on the board with voting rights determined by the governor. They both represent valuable campus perspectives and I support their service on the board.”
Kitzhaber had nominated Susan Gary from the UO law school (which is not part of the faculty union) as the faculty representative, and exercised his discretion under SB 270 to give her voting rights.