In 2016, a group of Rice University retired faculty proposed the idea of an association to Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, who approved a Charter (pdf file) and appointed an Inaugural Steering Committee to develop the organization. We thank the Provost for providing guidance, funds, and facilities.
The Steering Committee adopted a set of Interim Bylaws (pdf file) to govern itself until a set of regular Bylaws might be adopted, which occurred on April 17, 2018. In the first three years, the By-laws can be revised as needed by a vote of the Executive Committee. Thereafter, changes to the by-laws must be approved by vote of the members. In June, 2018 the members will elect three Directors, one each to fill a one-year, a two-year, and a three-year term. Thereafter, one director will be elected annually for a three-year term. The three elected directors will then choose co-chairs for the various committees, and the co-chairs will constitute the Executive Committee.
Note: for the academic year 2018-2019 there will be four directors rather than three during the transition from the start-up to regular administrative operation.
Ahmad Durrani, Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering - Budget Committee co-Chair
Priscilla Huston, Retired Director, Rice University Computing Center - Membership Committee co-Chair (on leave)
Anne Schnoebelen, Professor Emerita, Shepherd School of Music - Nominations Committee co-Chair
Mary Tobin, Instructor, retired, Department of English - Benefits and Privileges Committee co-Chair
Additional committee co-chairs will be added as they are appointed by the directors
C. Herb Ward, Co-Chair, Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biosciences
C. Sidney Burrus, Co-Chair, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Linda Driskill, Co-Chair, Professor Emerita, English
Victoria Arbizu-Sabater, Retired Senior Lecturer, Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication
Steve Baker, Professor Emeritus, Physics and Astronomy
Bob Curl, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Chandler Davidson, Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Priscilla Huston, Retired Director, Rice University Computing Center
Anne Schnoebelen, Professor Emerita, Shepherd School of Music