History of the Staff Senate
The Staff Senate was formed on August 7, 2014 to represent all staff in the academic division of the University. Under the guidance of VP/Chief Human Resources Officer, Susan Carkeek, staff leaders from three employee councils—the Provost Employee Communication Council (PECC), the Health System Academic & Research Employee Council (HSA), and the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Employee Communication Council (EVP-COO)—worked together to merge their individual councils into a unified Senate with the goal of creating a nimble organization that could more efficiently and effectively address staff concerns, advance staff interests, and integrate staff into university decision-making.
President Sullivan supported the merger, saying it should have greater impact at a time when shared governance is more important than ever as the University implements the strategic Cornerstone Plan. “Our most important resource is people,” she said. “We want to build a culture of continuous improvement. You’ll benefit from sharing your perspectives and working together.”
Learn more in The Cavalier Daily's article, Newly created Staff Senate seeks to promote employee well-being.
Note: The Health System, due to its unique needs and structure, maintains its own employee council.