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University System of Georgia Approves Staff Councils 

Staff councils at University System of Georgia institutions have the endorsement of The Board of Regents Committee on Organization and Law. The department voted to recognize the councils as an advisory committee to the governing body on Aug. 8 at its quarterly meeting. 

The action is good news to Albany State University’s newly elected staff council president Kim Douglas. “I am very excited about the Board of Regents’ approval and recognition of our organization at the University System of Georgia level. The staff as well as the faculty will now have a voice to express our ideas and concerns,” said Douglas, a secretary in the James Pendergrast Memorial Library. 

 

To acknowledge the councils’ hard work and added value the council designation brings to ASU, President Everette J. Freeman said in an email to students, faculty and staff, “This accomplishment provides an avenue for the voice of the staff members in the University System of Georgia to be heard. Being recognized as an advisory body in the system is a goal that the staff members need and have been working to accomplish for a long time.”

 

Some issues the ASU organization will push in the coming year deal with providing incentives to ASU employees in lieu of salary increases such as staggered summer schedules, “Employee of the Month” designations and other morale boosting activities. 

 

Composed of representatives from staff councils and senates of 29 universities and colleges in the USG, the council meets quarterly to discuss timely issues of employees. The goal is “to advance the mission of the system as a whole and to promote and foster the welfare of system staff through the combined creativity of staff representatives from system institutions,” according to the USG Staff Council website.

 

Douglas is asking each ASU department to send a representative to the group’s next meeting Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. in Room 228 at the James Pendergrast Memorial Library. The University System of Georgia Staff Council meeting will hold its quarterly meeting on campus in February. For more information, contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671 or visit http://USGstaffcouncil.blogspot.com.