The motion follows Provost Persis Drell’s decision in April to appoint a separate ad hoc committee exploring SU Press’ finances.
Faculty and community members are gearing up for the next installment of the clash over Stanford University Press.
Stanford placed a moratorium on new research support from Huawei in December 2018 amid rising U.S. pressure on the telecoms company because of its potential threat to national security. The Faculty Senate was not asked to discuss or vote on the moratorium before the policy was quietly implemented.
At the annual meeting of the Academic Council, Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Vice Provost Presisis Drell and members of the Faculty Senate presented on the three overarching themes in Stanford’s Long Range Plan (LRP)
Provost Persis Drell presented on the 2019-20 University budget plan at Thursday afternoon Faculty Senate meeting. She described the financial calculus behind the 2.1 percent endowment payout for the upcoming fiscal year and described Stanford’s financial priorities as reflected by the allocation of general funds.
Last week, Provost Persis Drell announced Stacey Bent Ph.D. ’92 will assume the role of vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs on Sept. 1.
In an email to faculty members, Provost Drell announced that up to $1.7 million dollar funds would be made available to the Stanford University Press in fiscal year 2020. Her message followed outcry from Stanford faculty members and affiliates, after Drell’s announcement at Friday’s Faculty Senate meeting that a funding application from the Press had been rejected.
In the Thursday’s Faculty Senate, Provost Persis Drell summarized the financial position of the University’s endowment and a controversial recent decision to turn down a request from the campus publishing house, Stanford University Press, for additional funds. The Senate later deliberated over the state of graduate student education and affordability.