McDonough School of Business (MSB)

Constitution of the Executive Council

PREAMBLE

 The Executive Council of the McDonough School of Business is intended to function as the basic policy-making body of the School with regard to admissions, curricula, and standards.  While details and preparation of background material shall normally be carried by committees of the Executive Council, changes in these three areas shall be submitted to the full Executive Council for discussion and approval.

ARTICLE I:  MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.

Members of the Executive Council are appointed by the President of Georgetown University upon recommendation made by the Dean of the School, who is the Chairperson of the Executive Council.  The primary norms for appointment are:  1) acquaintance with and interest in the aims and objectives peculiar to the McDonough School of Business, and 2) adequate ability to represent the academic interests of the several departments most concerned with the McDonough School of Business education.  Accordingly, the Dean may consult with Department Chairpersons on submitting recommendations for presidential approval.

Section 2.

The Executive Council shall consist of the President of the University (ex officio), the Academic Vice President (ex officio), the Dean, a member of the University Senate appointed by the Senate, the Dean of Admissions (ex officio), the University Librarian or his/her delegate, and the officers of instruction in the McDonough School of Business who are members of the Ordinary Faculty, as such are defined in the Faculty Handbook, and Category C term faculty. Associate Deans without faculty status serve as non-voting ex-officio members. The Dean may nominate other members to serve as non-voting ex-officio members, but not so as to nominate more than five.

Five students are also to be chosen as members of the Executive Council.  Two of the students will be from the undergraduate program and three students will be from the graduate program.  For the undergraduate program, one of the students is to be appointed by the Student Academic Council and the other is to be elected by the entire full-time student body of the undergraduate School of Business.  To be eligible to serve on the Executive Council, undergraduate students must be in good standing academically (at least 2.0 QPI) and not on disciplinary probation, and must have been a full-time student for at least one academic  year (two semesters).  From the graduate program, one student each will be nominated by the class officers of the Fulltime MBA program, the EP-MBA program, and the EMBA program.  The graduate students must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.

Section 3.

Term of office for each member will be for one year.

Section 4.

All members of the Executive Council are voting members.

Section 5.

The Standing Committees of the Executive Council shall be:

                                    Faculty Recruiting

                                    Faculty Peer Review Committee

                                    Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards

                                    Graduate Curriculum and Standards

                                    Freshman Admissions

                                    Undergraduate Transfer Admissions

                                    Graduate Admissions

Committees and their Chairpersons shall be appointed annually by the President of the University, the Provost, or the Dean in accord with University policy.  The Faculty Peer Review Committee shall consist of nine members, four elected and four appointed faculty members plus the Associate Dean for Faculty and shall elect a Chairperson from among the members on the committee.

Faculty members serving on the Executive Council and visiting faculty in the McDonough School of Business are eligible for appointment to the standing committees.  Ordinary faculty from other departments in the University shall be eligible for appointment to the Freshman Admissions Committee.  One or more students shall be appointed to the committee on:

                                     Faculty Recruiting

                                    Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards

                                    Freshman Admissions

                                    Undergraduate Transfer Admissions

                                    Graduate Curriculum and Standards

                                    Graduate Admissions

The ratio of student representation on each committee shall be established by the Executive Council.

Section 6:  Major substantive changes in curriculum policy should be submitted as recommendations to the University’s Board of Directors.

ARTICLE II:  MEETINGS

Section 1.

The Executive Council is to meet at least two times a semester.  The specific dates are to be determined by the Chairperson.  If a majority of the members of the Executive Council make a written request to the Dean for the convocation of a special Executive meeting, the Dean must convene the Executive Council meeting.

Section 2.

Written notice  of all regular  meetings  of the Executive Council stating starting time, place and proposed agenda is to  be sent to  all members (ex officio members included) at least seven days before the date of a schedule meeting.

Section 3.

All members of the Council and the Faculty of the McDonough School of Business may present items to the Dean for the agenda of the meetings of the Executive Council.

Section 4.

Forty percent of the members constitutes the necessary quorum for the transaction of ordinary business.  Faculty members on sabbatical or leave of absence and ex officio members will not be counted for purposes of determining a quorum.

Section 5.

The Secretary shall keep a fair and accurate record of all proceedings of the Executive Council and conduct its correspondences.  A permanent record of proceedings is to be kept in a suitable book in the office of the Dean and all members are free to inspect this record upon request.  In case the permanent Secretary is absent, a temporary secretary is to be appointed by the Dean to keep the minutes.

Section 6.

Copies of the minutes of each meeting are to be sent to all members of the Council by the Secretary not later than one week before the subsequent meeting.  Copies of minutes are also to be sent to all Department Chairpersons of the Liberal Arts Faculty and to all faculty members who teach significant numbers of students enrolled in the McDonough School of Business.

Section 7. 

For matters which the Chairperson does not believe mandate discussion at a formal meeting, the Executive Council may be asked to vote on matters through campus mail.

Section 8.

Members of the Executive Council may vote by proxy with the said proxy to be exercised only by another regular member of the Council.

ARTICLE III:  AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

This Constitution may be amended in the following manner:  Any proposed change may be introduced in written form at one meeting of the Executive Council and may be discussed at that meeting.  Action on the proposed amendment, however, must take place at a subsequent meeting in order to give adequate time for discussion and debate.  A two-thirds affirmative vote of the voting members present shall be necessary for its final adoption.  Amendment(s) approval shall be forwarded through the Provost to the President and Board of Directors of Georgetown University for final approval.

Last amended June 4, 2015