Governance bodies elect new senators, officers

KU governance bodies recently held elections to name new senators, officers and executive committees. The newly elected individuals will begin their terms after the end of the 2009-10 academic year.


Barbara Phipps, associate professor of curriculum and teaching, is the fiscal year 2011 president of Faculty Senate.

New faculty members elected to the University Senate and Faculty Senate are: John Broholm, journalism; Jae Chang, architecture, design and planning; Geraldo de Sousa, English; Gerrit deBoer, ecology and evolutionary biology; Frances Devlin, libraries; Sandra Gautt, special education; Megan Greene, Center for East Asian Studies; Lori Messinger, social welfare; Scott Murphy, music; Blake Peterson, medicinal chemistry; Hossein Saiedian, electrical engineering and computer science; and Andrew Torrance, law.

The University and Faculty Senate executive committee, University Senate president-elect and Faculty Senate president-elect will be elected at the organizational meeting on April 29.

The incoming president is Ben Eggleston, philosophy.


Diann Burright, University Advising Center, is president-elect. Senators elected in the academic category are: Abby Coffin, engineering; Rick Whitmore, Continuing Education; Chris Wiles, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Karen Hester, law. Administrative senators are: Mike Krings, University Relations, and Elizabeth Phillips, public safety. Traci Fullerton, information technology, was elected in the information services category. In research, Kari Woods, Center for Research on Learning; Susan Sloop, Higuchi Biosciences Center; Roberta Pokphanh, research and graduate studies; and Paula Shaver, Bureau of Child Research, were elected.


Officers and representatives are: Dennis Constance, Facilities Operations custodial services, president; Chris Wallace, housing maintenance, vice president; Lea Chaffin, Admissions and Scholarships, secretary; Sharon Lee Green, Undergraduate Biology Program, treasurer; Brooke Unruh, registrarís office, professional/non-faculty; Delores Barnard, educational leadership and policy studies, secretarial/clerical; Maggie Mahoney, Dole Institute of Politics, technical/paraprofessional; Peggy Robinson, housing maintenance, skilled crafts; and Pat Argueta, registrarís office, service/maintenance.

For a full list of committee members, visit

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