Donald Freeman chosen to fill position on SACUA


Incomplete information in an online directory has led to a change in the 2021-22 membership for the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.

Donald Freeman, professor of education, and Frank Pelosi, associate professor of medicine, tied for fourth place in the election March 15-16. Freeman deferred to Pelosi, who accepted the seat.

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Donald Freeman

However, the Faculty Senate Office learned after the election that Pelosi has a clinical appointment in the Medical School. Clinical faculty members are not eligible to serve on SACUA.

The seat will now go to Freeman, whose term starts May 1. He will serve for one year, finishing the remainder of the term held by Vice Chair Annalisa Manera, who is stepping down.

Pelosi’s information in the MCommunity online directory did not reflect his clinical appointment, nor did an eligibility list prepared by Faculty Senate Office staff last year, Faculty Senate Office Director MaryJo Banasik said.

“The change was made after inconsistencies in university online directories were identified and clarification was received from Human Resources,” she said. “It was determined that Pelosi’s HR appointment made him ineligible for the seat under the Faculty Senate Rules.”

The top three vote-getters in the election will each serve for three years starting May 1. They are: Michael Atzmon, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, and of materials science and engineering; Damani Partridge, associate professor of anthropology and of Afroamerican and African studies; and Kanakadurga Singer, Valerie Castle Opipari Professor of Pediatrics, and associate professor of pediatrics and of molecular and integrative physiology.


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