Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the four officers of the Senate, the President of the Student Government Association, and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “The Executive Committee shall be responsible to the Senate for the effective and proper execution of its duties and responsibilities.”

Ranjan Karri, Chair
Associate Professor, Management

Betsy Goulet, Vice Chair
Clinical Assistant Professor, Public Administration

Ann Strahle, Secretary
Associate Professor, Communication


Eric Hadley-Ives, Parliamentarian
Associate Professor, Social Work


Dennis Papini, Ex-Officio

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

Garrett Nimmo, President of Student Government Association

Duties of the Officers


  1. calls, develops agendas for, and presides over meetings of the Senate;
  2. may be called upon by the Senate to be its spokesperson and to represent the Senate in other forums within and outside the University as the need shall arise;
  3. is responsible for supervising the support services provided to the Senate, and makes regular reports to the Senate on the disposition of such services.


  1. presides at meetings in the temporary absence of the Chairperson;
  2. in case of any incapacity of the Chairperson, temporarily assumes the duties of the Chairperson;
  3. assists the Chairperson in the preparation of the agenda;
  4. chairs the Committee on Committees.


  1. keeps minutes of each meeting, to be transcribed by the support staff;
  2. makes the minutes available to the membership for approval at the start of each meeting;
  3. maintains a file of such minutes for perusal, when necessary, by the members.


  1. advises the chair on questions of parliamentary procedure during meetings, at the request of the presiding officer, or upon points of order raised by the members.