Re: Governance etc

Anne Pilgrim (apilgrim@yorku.ca)
Sat, 6 Dec 1997 09:36:32 -0500 (EST)


Hi Bryan -- thanks for your afterthoughts about consitutions. I should add
(belatedly) that I'm not actually chair of Governance. We have shared out
tasks and arranging the Thursday get-together was one of mine. We don't
have a Chair and have managed so far without one -- a new wrinkle in
governance perhaps. all the best, Anne

On Fri, 5 Dec 1997, Bryan Massam wrote:

> A couple of comments to follow my remarks of yesterday regarding recent
> experiences in Geog as we prepared a Constitution.
>
> 1 Some felt the exercise was a waste of time and opted out.
> 2 Some felt the exercise was run by 'them' and served to divide the
> department.
> 3 Some felt the exercise detracted from the business of the Dept, namely
> to teach and excourage good research.
>
> The exercise of changing government,introducing new procedures and
> structures is likely to be more successful if it is clearly related to a
> Vision Statement and/or a Mission statement which is widely supported.For
> example,the 2020 VISION and the Mission Statement of the Faculty of Arts
> could provide useful documents in this regard.Also, I think it is vital to
> link debate on governance to academic activities and the REDUCTION of
> committees etc so that any new committees, reporting structures etc are
> not added to those that currently exist.
>
> Bryan Massam
>