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Campus Shared Governance

November 2013

Campus Community,

The shared governance membership can be found at

As you review the membership please note that some of the committees are not complete. This is due to representation that needs to be discussed among elected committee members (committee chairs, appointed reps). I will continue to update the document until complete.

Please refer to the draft Constitution/Bylaw document found on the above link for further information on committee membership and terms, charge, and descriptions. It is the responsibility of the committee members to schedule meetings, hold elections, define staggered terms among representatives, and choose a recording secretary.

Please inform me of any updates to the shared governance membership. If you need assistance or clarification, please call me at 218-726-7507 or email

UMD Shared Governance Membership

Wendy J Larrivy
Office of the Chancellor
1049 University Drive
515 Darland Administration Bldg.
Duluth, MN 55812
726-6535 (fax)



August 2013

Dear Campus Community,

In May 2013 the UMD Campus Assembly passed the new shared model of governance.

As stated in my June 6, 2013, communication to the campus community, it’s important that we move quickly on creating the basic governance structure or bylaws. The bylaws describe each committee’s functions and duties, membership and elections, bylaw amending procedures, etc. A draft version of the bylaws is available for your review, along with the approved shared model of governance documents. I encourage you to send your feedback to by September 20, 2013.

Thank you for your work in this very important process.


Lendley C. Black

New Shared Governance Model

Draft Constitution and Bylaws (PDF)




From: <>
Date: Wed, May 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Revised Proposal for a New Shared Governance Model

TO: UMD Campus Community

RE: Revised Proposal for a New Shared Governance Model

Attached you will find the most recent revised proposal for a new shared governance structure for UMD. The proposal is based upon feedback we received from faculty, staff, and students since the last proposal was distributed on March 22. We will discuss this latest proposal at the Campus Assembly meeting on May 14, and it will be voted on by Campus Assembly members soon after that meeting.

Some people have asked why we need to keep voting on a change in campus governance and why only members of the Campus Assembly can vote. Our current Campus Assembly governance structure is imbedded in the UMD constitution, and the constitution is referenced in the UEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any change in the constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the members of Campus Assembly. Even though the actions of the Campus Assembly are advisory actions to the chancellor, the chancellor cannot unilaterally change or void UMD’s constitution. A change can only be made by a two-thirds vote of the current Assembly members.

You will note that this latest proposal returns to a system of voting membership on all committees. Although some people liked the non-voting aspects of the March 22 proposal, there was significant opposition to a system that eliminates voting from the work of the committees. We can make this voting system work well, if we focus on a collaborative shared governance process that values diverse opinions.

The attached documents include: 1) committee descriptions and membership, 2) the comparison of representatives in the current and proposed structure, and 3) a new graphic display of the proposed structure. Please review these documents and contact me or a member of the Campus Assembly if you have questions or comments. A list of the Campus Assembly members and our current constitution may be found at:

The Campus Assembly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th at 2:00 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom. There will be a social beginning at 1:30. After this Assembly meeting, we will conduct another vote of the Assembly membership, using the same electronic voting process we used before. It is important that every member of Campus Assembly vote. Since we need two-thirds of the membership to approve the constitutional change, if you do not vote or if you abstain, it’s the same as a “No” vote.

Thank you again for your input and for your interest in having an effective and collaborative shared governance process at UMD.



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