History and Mission


The Staff Advisory Council was originally established by Dr. Marshall Gordon in November 1988 and consisted of eleven staff members from various job classifications. It took some time for the Council to gain momentum, but it really started to take off in 1993 under Dr. Keeling, acting President of the University.

Since its inception in 1988, Staff Senate has been making significant strides for staff by increasing staff involvement on campus and by initiating or assisting in the development of many staff benefits.

Through the years, many staff members have been involved in refining our mission and objectives. In 2001, the Staff Advisory Council became known as Staff Senate.


Staff Senate strives to enhance the university purpose of developing educated persons and the university mission in public affairs. We advocate the continuous improvement of a world-class staff committed to the highest standards of personal and professional development, productivity and social responsibility. We promote and foster the welfare and growth of university staff through a fact-finding, deliberative, and consultative body of representatives that makes studies, reports, and recommendations to the administration on behalf of its constituency.

(Approved by Staff Senate on June 3, 1999)