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August 2007 Board Notes

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A summary of the August 11, 2007 University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Board of Directors' meeting.


NEA Higher Education Director Sally Pestana reported that the Emerging Leader Academy nominations will be open at the end of November.  UH-Manoa Director Ruth Horie brought back some literature from the NEA Representative Assembly.



President Mary Tiles reported on the recent Board of Regents meeting.  Governor Lingle will be releasing the first quarter of the biennium budget this year, which may include restrictions.  UH President McClain informed Regents that after his visits to mainland institutions, he believes there is external pressure to have higher education shift its focus to generate more degrees by at least 30% to remain competitive with other countries.

President Tiles informed Directors that during her term in office UHPA negotiated a six-year contract that allowed the organization to avoid constant bargaining.  While this was controversial, a 32% total increase in salary was obtained.  She added that UHPA has made significant changes.  The Akala Lane property across from UHPA has been acquired and modifications, including a bridge and conference room between the two structures, are being developed.  The Board of Directors no longer meets at the Campus Center Executive Dining Room, and we no longer need to rent facilities to hold meetings since the Akala building has significant space.  UHPA is in good financial condition and there is no mortgage due.

In closing, she expressed her appreciation to Directors for their service on the Board and spending their Saturday mornings at UHPA.  She especially was grateful to members of the Executive Committee for their support and commitment.



Executive Director J. N. Musto reported on the following:

  • Directors passed a motion in June to have staff convey to the Chancellors the need to have DPCs and/or TPRCs trained on the tenure review process and that their decisions should be made independently from those made earlier.  UH-Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw has acknowledged her concurrence.
  •  An update was given on the Faculty Classification Plan Task Force meetings.  No agreement has been reached as revisions are being made.  The administration would like the Board of Regents to approve the Community Colleges Classification Plan proposal in September.
  • UHPA has received the 2007-2008 Community Colleges Promotion and Tenure Guidelines, and there are no significant changes.  Executive Director Musto will be meeting with Leeward CC faculty, the first group to discuss the promotion and tenure guidelines.
  • UHPA has applied for a Membership Project Grant with the National Education Association.  If approved, UHPA will pilot an electronic voting program.  An attitudinal survey will be conducted of the membership and different vendors will be looked at to see who has the program that best fits our needs.  This could resolve our absentee ballot problem of folks on leave at the time of voting.  There are many faculty members on ships, in foreign countries, or on the mainland and ballots cannot be returned by the deadline.  Executive Director Musto is confident UHPA’s grant request will be approved.
  • We have requested, through our UHPA website, faculty members to assist in an effort to gain credit for compensation paid for overload teaching summer session or extension programs, or from grants or special projects during their non-duty period, in the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS).  UHPA believes that those salary payments should be included in determining a faculty member’s “high three” salaries for the purpose of the retirement pension calculation.  We will need individual faculty members to represent our class action in petitioning the ERS to include these other sources of income in the ERS determination of defined pension benefits.
  •  An update was given on the six tenure denial cases appealed to Hearing Officers under Article XII of the 2003-2009 Agreement.  One case has been settled while Hearing Officers are being selected for the other cases.
  • Executive Director Musto attended the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Boston, which focused on higher education.  One of the keynote addresses included a four-member panel discussing the future and challenges of American higher education.  They included Hank Brown, President of the University of Colorado; Patrick Callan, President of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education; Phyllis Eisen, Senior Vice President at the National Association of Manufacturers; and Jim Hunt, former Governor of North Carolina.  They discussed accountability and how higher education is not preparing students for globalization in the 21st century.  Legislators were informed that they need to examine their higher education systems so that they can “set the mission for the state colleges and universities.”  Informational documents from the conference were shared with Directors.  Next year the NCSL will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from July 20-27, and the following year, the NCSL will hold its annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 20-25, 2009.
  • UH President David McClain and UHPA Executive Director Musto have informally discussed beginning the negotiations for the next faculty contract.  The current Agreement expires on June 30, 2009, but it will require approval of the State Legislature no later than May 2009, so bargaining must conclude before the contract expires.  UHPA hopes that formal bargaining will begin in Spring 2008.
  • In closing, Dr. Musto had laudatory comments about Mary Tiles' leadership, including the outstanding accomplishments during her presidency.  Of particular note was her leadership the development of the new UHPA website and her outstanding leadership of the Board of Directors during the difficult times of collective bargaining, ratification, and implementation of significant new contract language, including extraordinary salary provisions and the creation of job security for non-tenured faculty.



Treasurer Ming-BaoYue reported that UHPA has gone through eleven months of the fiscal year’s budget.  She reported the major expenditures for the last two months.  Directors passed a motion to receive the financial reports for the fiscal periods ending June 30 and July 31, 2007 and to refer those reports to the Finance Committee.



  • Directors were informed that Executive Committee members continued the discussion concerning UHPA’s Constitution and By-Laws compliance with Hawaii’s corporate not-for-profit laws.  Directors passed a motion to table the discussion.  Staff will provide the Executive Committee with the faculty count on each campus.
  • Directors unanimously passed a motion to approve the electronic voting of Board of Directors and Faculty Representative elections as a pilot program contingent upon receiving the NEA membership grant.
  • Directors met in Executive Session to consider a grievance case presented by staff.  They passed a motion to appeal the grievance case of a UH-Manoa faculty member to arbitration for violation of the disciplinary article.



Directors approved the motion to purchase a Lehua table ($2,500) for the Hawaii Republican Party’s 2007 Governor Linda Lingle’s Ball scheduled for October 6, 2007 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel Coral Ballroom.

Directors deferred taking action to appoint a member to the Legislative Committee since the individual was not yet an UHPA member.



President Tiles recognized and thanked outgoing Director L. Thomas Ramsey, who was appointed in January 2007 to fill the remaining UH-Manoa at-large position until August 31, 2007.  She also expressed her appreciation and aloha to Kauai Director James McFarland.  President Tiles announced that UH-Manoa Directors Amy Anderson and Jerome Comcowich were not present; however, she wished to convey the Board’s appreciation and to recognize their service on the Board of Directors.



 UHPA Board of Directors

Special UHPA Resolution

Recognition of Professor Mary E. Tiles



WHEREAS, Professor Mary E. Tiles has been an outstanding President of the University of Hawai’i Professional Assembly (UHPA) for five years, and has dutifully served on the Board of Directors for eleven years;

WHEREAS, Professor Mary E. Tiles has made significant contributions to UHPA’s sustained growth in the areas of website development, contract negotiations, organizational planning and improvement of our faculty support base;

WHEREAS, Professor Mary E. Tiles’ professional specialization in the Philosophy of Science and Technology has led her, in particular, to champion and contribute to the University’s sustainability plan;

WHEREAS, Professor Mary E. Tiles’ due diligence and dedication has been premised on doing that which is right for the collective good;



THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the UHPA Board of Directors rise to the occasion to formally express its sincere appreciation for Professor Mary E. Tiles’ leadership, her professional contributions, and her dedicated service to the UHPA;

WE, FURTHER, WISH Professor Mary E. Tiles continued success in her new initiatives on behalf of the faculty and the University and in her distinguished academic career.


(MOTION unanimously approved by the Board of Directors on August 11, 2007)




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