Special Committee on University Finance (SCUF)

Special Committee on University Finance (SCUF)

Chair: Katharine Abraham (kabraham@umd.edu)
Coordinator: Sarah Hughes (sehughes@umd.edu)
Materials (for committee members only)

The Special Committee on University Finance (SCUF) is a new venture for the University Senate that was approved by President Loh in April 2019. This new body gives the campus community a unique opportunity to engage directly with the administration and have an impact on the direction of the University.

SCUF is charged with advising the administration on institutional priorities and with educating the Senate and the campus community on the University’s budget and the budget process. Members of the committee are responsible for developing a deep understanding of the University's budget and budgeting processes. SCUF gives the Senate a role in advising the administration on short- and long-term planning, and in ensuring that academic excellence and the University’s educational and research missions are key considerations when budgetary priorities are determined. SCUF also serves as a resource to the campus community to help improve understanding of the budget, and advises the Senate and Senate-related bodies on the fiscal implications of recommendations under consideration. SCUF will be integral to the Senate's ability to make informed decisions and recommendations, and will be central in demystifying the complexities of our current resource tensions.

The Special Committee was established by Senate Document #17-18-20 and will operate until May 2022, at which time the Senate will decide whether it should be codified as a permanent body.

The committee consists of a presiding officer chosen from the tenured faculty; five tenured or tenure-track faculty members; one professional track faculty member; one exempt staff member; one non-exempt staff member; two undergraduate students; one graduate student; the immediate Past Chair of the Senate; the Associate Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer; the Associate Vice President for Finance and Personnel, Academic Affairs; and the following persons or a representative of each: the President, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Senior Vice President and Provost shall also appoint a representative chosen from among current and former unit-level budget officers or former department chairs.

^ Meetings 

Fall Semester Meetings
Date Time Location
Friday, September 18, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Zoom
Thursday, October 8, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Zoom
Friday, October 30, 2020 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Zoom
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Zoom
Friday, December 11, 2020  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Zoom
Spring Semester Meetings
Date Time Location
Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Friday, April 2, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Zoom

Past Committee Work

Committee Members

Abraham, KatharineChairBSOSkabraham@umd.edu2022
Anandalingam, AnandTenured/Tenure-Track FacultyBMGTganand@umd.edu2022
Burns, CalvinUndergraduate StudentENGRcburns1@umd.edu2021
Colella, CarloEx-Officio - Assoc VP for Finance, CFOVPAccolella@umd.edu2021
Eastman, MicheleEx-Officio - President's RepPRESmeastman@umd.edu2021
Goodman, JordanTenured/Tenure-Track FacultyCMNSgoodman@umd.edu2022
Grimes, AmandaEx-Officio - Provost's RepSPHLagrimes@umd.edu2021
Hale, CynthiaEx-Officio - Assoc VP for Finance & PersonnelSVPAAPchale@umd.edu2021
Kaplan, EthanTenured/Tenure-Track FacultyBSOSedkaplan@umd.edu2022
Kelley, WarrenEx-Officio - VP for Student Affairs RepVPSAwkelley@umd.edu2021
Korzeniewicz, RobertoTenured/Tenure-Track FacultyBSOSkorzen@umd.edu2022
Lanford, PamelaEx-Officio - Past Senate ChairVPRplanford@umd.edu2021
Lathrop, ElizabethProfessional Track FacultyENGRlathrop5@umd.edu2022
Paszkiewicz, MichaelExempt StaffVPSApaz@umd.edu2022
Roby, DylanTenured/Tenure-Track FacultySPHLdroby@umd.edu2022
Safarpour, AlaunaGraduate StudentINELacsafar@umd.edu2021
Tayco, DanielleUndergraduate StudentENGRdtayco@umd.edu2021
Wiley, JoannaNon-Exempt StaffLIBRjwiley13@umd.edu2022