After two years of hard work and compromise, The University of Toledo now has a single, united faculty senate.
The UT Board of Trustees yesterday voted unanimously to approve the constitution of the new body.
The merger was approved last week by a two-thirds vote of both the Main Campus and the Health Science Campus senates.
Board members praised the leadership of senate presidents Barbara Floyd of the Main Campus and Dr. Kris Brickman of the Health Science Campus. Floyd is director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, university archivist and professor of library administration, and Brickman is associate professor of surgery and medical director of the Emergency Department.
“I know there were many difficult days, but you displayed great leadership and were able to bring it together,” said Susan Palmer, board member.
The historic vote brings to a close one of the last phases of the UT and Medical University of Ohio merger.
“There were a series of compromises, but I believe we have a strong document because of those compromises,” Floyd said. “I believe we have a firm foundation with this constitution.”
Elections for the new faculty senate consisting of 64 members will take place soon.