Date: March 17, 2015
To: Rutgers Staff
From: Vivian Fernández
Vice President for Faculty & Staff Resources
Re: Staff Senator Nominations Solicitation

The annual process to elect staff members to the University Senate begins this week with the solicitation of nominations, and continues through the end of voting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. This year, seven (7) of the eighteen (18) staff representatives will be elected to the University Senate for two-year terms, apportioned to each major campus/division as follows:

  • Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), all locations - No seats. All four incumbents’ terms extend through 2016.
  • Rutgers University-Camden - 2 seats
  • Rutgers University-Newark - 2 seats
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick - 3 seats

The remaining eleven (11) staff terms on the Senate are currently held by Senators who will be continuing in those positions through June 30, 2016.

Employees may only vote for representatives from their own campus/division. General information about the University Senate can be found at

Nomination Process:

In order to run for a University Senate seat, a staff member must be a full-time, non-faculty employee and must submit a self-nomination email to Ken Swalagin, Executive Secretary of the University Senate at All such self-nominations must be submitted no later than midnight on Friday, March 20. The email must contain the following information or it will be considered invalid and will not be posted on the election website:

  1. Candidate's name as they wish it to appear on the election website;
  2. Candidate’s campus / division;
  3. Candidate's job title and department as they wish it to appear on the election website;
  4. A personal statement of 250 words or less stating the candidate's reasons for running for the University Senate.

Election Process:

Following receipt of the self-nominations, all valid candidates will have their names and statements placed on the election website. On Thursday, March 26, the names and statements from all valid candidates will be available on the election website at Election of candidates will occur electronically. Voting will continue through 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

On Tuesday, April 7, the election results will be posted on the University Senate website at

Election to the University Senate is an opportunity for staff employees to participate in the only shared-governance advisory and legislative body that represents the entire Rutgers community of staff, faculty, students, administrators and alumni to the university’s president and boards. It serves as the principal advisory body to the president. All interested staff employees are encouraged to participate in this election.

If you have additional questions regarding the University Senate, please contact Ken Swalagin by email at