Commendation of Dr. John R. (Dick) Montanari

AS-3033-11/San Marcos delegation

WHEREAS, Dick Montanari has served on the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) with distinction and integrity while ably and effectively representing CSU, San Marcos for many years – seeming to rush by in hours or drag along through decades depending on one’s viewpoint; and

WHEREAS, Dick Montanari was the first sitting chair of the Cal State San Marcos Academic Senate to voluntarily serve a second consecutive term; and

WHEREAS, Dick Montanari has served with significant skill and patience as an active member of the Fiscal and Governmental Affairs (FGA) Committee, contributing well-written resolutions using an action-oriented process; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Dick Montanari is a great scholar and brilliant multi-tasker who can quickly draft a resolution, while providing feedback, comments, and suggestions on yet another resolution, and

WHEREAS, Dick Montanari has never seen a resolved clause that he did not want to improve; and

WHEREAS, Dick Montanari has a well-earned reputation for savvy business knowledge, detailed fiscal judgment, and a diplomatically-sharp wit; and

WHEREAS, Dick Montanari has time and again enhanced the breadth and quality of committee and plenary deliberations with thoughtful devil’s or angel’s advocacy from his ensconced seat in left field; and

WHEREAS, Whereas Dick Montanari has always been willing to ask the tough questions of any administrator who happens to be in the room (or out of the room, for that matter); therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU congratulate Dick Montanari on his most extraordinary combination of campus and system-wide jobs and roles, and thank him for his dedication to shared governance and service in the Academic Senate CSU; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU wish Dick Montanari the best in his impending retirement, noting that his sense of optimism and many contributions to shared governance and to the faculty and students of the CSU will truly be missed.

Approved by Acclamation – May 5-6, 2011


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