Faculty Council honors colleagues, elects officers

Wilkerson top administrator; Piket-May named chair
Dan Wilkerson

Dan Wilkerson receives his award from Faculty Council Chair Mark Malone. (Photo: Cathy Beuten/University of Colorado)

Karen Jonscher

Karen Jonscher with Malone (Photo: Cathy Beuten/University of Colorado)

Melinda Picket-May

Melinda Piket-May with Malone (Photo: Cathy Beuten/University of Colorado)

Faculty Council recognized its annual award winners and elected new officers at the April 26 meeting at 1800 Grant St.

Dan Wilkerson, vice president, university counsel and secretary of the CU Board of Regents, was honored as Administrator of the Year.

“Shared governance is something that CU does well, and that’s largely due to your efforts,” Wilkerson told the council in accepting his award. “You represent the faculty so well.”

Wilkerson is retiring from the university at the end of the month.

The council also honored two of its members with Distinguished Service Awards, Karen Jonscher and Melinda Piket-May. Jonscher chairs the council’s Women’s Committee; Piket-May chaired the Women’s Committee’s annual symposium, CU Women Succeeding. Piket-May also chairs the council’s Communication Committee.

Piket-May is the council’s new chair, too, having been the sole nominee; she was elected by acclamation. She'll succeed Mark Malone.

“I’m really excited to be doing this,” she told the council. “I really believe in faculty governance, and I think there’s a lot of great things we can do.”

Katie Kaukinen, president of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Faculty Assembly, won election as vice chair of Faculty Council.

Joanne Addison, vice chair of the University of Colorado Denver Faculty Assembly, won election as secretary of Faculty Council.

In other business at last week’s meeting: Tom Riis, co-chair of the GLBTI committee, said the committee’s first systemwide symposium is tentatively planned for Oct. 19 on the CU Denver campus.

The council’s next meeting is a week from today: noon to 3 p.m. May 10 at 1800 Grant St.