Distributed October 17, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel
The Corporation of Brown University
Corporation unanimously supports goals outlined by President Simmons
In her first full meeting with the University’s governing body since being sworn in July 3, Brown President Ruth J. Simmons received enthusiastic and unanimous support for her goals of strengthening the University’s academic mission.
PROVIDENCE — At the Oct. 11-13, 2001, meeting of the Corporation of Brown University, Brown President Ruth J. Simmons presented a preliminary report on the state of the University and described her goals for strengthening the University’s academic mission. She received the Corporation’s enthusiastic and unanimous support.
“The members of the Corporation enthusiastically endorsed the President’s priorities, which include faculty resources, research opportunities, and financial support for graduate and undergraduate students,” said Chancellor Stephen Robert in a message to the Brown community.
This was the first full meeting of the University’s governing body since Simmons was sworn in as president July 3. Thirteen standing committees of the Corporation met during the weekend, including a “town meeting” sponsored jointly by the Committee on Student Life and the Committee on Athletics. That meeting included students, faculty and staff discussing service and leadership at the University.
Simmons attended six committee meetings and made presentations at two general sessions of the Corporation.
Among other actions taken during the weekend, the Corporation:
In addition, the Committee on Facilities and Design agreed with the Administration’s desire to proceed with planning for a library storage facility. These plans may include renovating an existing structure for this purpose or building a new facility. The site and financing remain subject to review and approval by the Committee and the full Corporation. The urgent need for such a facility near the campus was recognized by the members of the Committee, who have encouraged the Administration to proceed quickly so that library acquisitions may increase as needed.