Resolution of Commendation for Senator Gail Whitaker

AS-2284-95/SFSU Del.

WHEREAS, Gail Whitaker was the chair of the San Francisco State Senate and survived that trial-by-fire, indeed, led the faculty between the Scylla of diminished resources and the Charybdis of the Pirate King; and

WHEREAS, She has just as assiduously eschewed the Tantalus of membership on an Academic Senate CSU standing committee, thereby showing considerable political, personal, academical, temporal, financial, and psychological acumen and perspicacity; and

WHEREAS, She has provided her delegation and the entire Academic Senate of the California State University with a keen sense of how to keep the academic ship on course through the perilous straits in the first WHEREAS clause of this resolution which now goes contrary to the Academic Senate CSU's own proclivity for avoiding the full exploitation of the rhetorical pomposities so deliciously inherent in our reliance on the power of persuasive prose; and

WHEREAS, Gail has mastered the art of the well timed question to the powers-that-be  (and even to the would-be powers that would be); and

WHEREAS, Gail Whitaker has never swerved from her commitment to the centrality of the faculty voice in shared governance, in spite of her current aberrance in being in the ranks of the administrative periphery of the shared governance process; and

WHEREAS, There is absolutely no connection between Gail Whitaker’s simultaneous service on the Academic Senate and as Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at SFSU, and the proposed actions of the Academic Senates of the CSU and SFSU to amend their constitutions to prohibit membership to faculty appointed to full-time MPP positions; and

WHEREAS, In spite of the aforementioned changing of camps, she is a person of PRINCIPLE and WILL ALWAYS BE A DEARLY CHERISHED, TRUSTED MEMBER OF OUR ACADEMIC COMMUNITY; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University wish Gail Whitaker the very best in whatever ways she decides to continue her devotion to the California State University.

Approved by Acclamation - May 4-5, 1995

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