ALBANY, Ga. — The University System of Georgia Board of Regents Committee on Organization and Law voted at its quarterly meeting Wednesday to recognize a statewide university staff council as an advisory committee to the regents.
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,” said Douglas, a secretary at ASU’s James Pendergrast Memorial Library. “The staff as well as the faculty will now have a voice to express our ideas and concerns.”
ASU President Everette Freeman, in an email to students, faculty and staff, said, “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.
The University System of Georgia Staff Advisory Council is composed of representatives from staff councils and senates of 29 universities and colleges in the University System. The statewide 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 ASU group’s next meeting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 5 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.