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at some point and say, 'What are we going
to do about it''''
Paul Farel, a physiology professor and
member of the Faculty Council Executive
Comrnittee, said some professors have been
surprised at what a good leader Brown is.
"Because she is so friendly, you don't think
she would have the finnness to keep struc-
ture to meetings, to tell people what to do,
but she does, in a very nice way," he said.
Provost Richard McCoLTnick said Brown
is very democratic and has shown she is
interested in all viewpoints. "She is deeply
committed to faculty governance and to
have the faculty take initiatives to make the
University better," he said.
Going warp speed
Brown has always stayed busy, but becom-
ing faculty chair has taken her life to "warp
speed," she said. On top of her fanilly,
teaching and research, she serves on numerous
committees-including the Chancellor
Search Committee that will find Hardin's
successor. She n1.eets with adrninistrators and
professors to discuss Faculty Council issues,
groups invite her to speak at th.eir meet-
ings, and she gets a myriad of phone calls
Ironically, one of the most challenging
aspects of being faculty chair has been deal-
ing with the press, including students she
h.as taught to be persistent reporters. "My
proclivity is to be in a conversation," she
said. "I'm learning I have to be very cau-
tious about what I say to reporters.... It's
so easy to lniscOnlli1.Unicate."
Jane Brown and her twin
out age 6.
In addition to making the Faculty Council
a more participatory and representative body,
Brown wants to better inform the people
of North Carolina that UNC is doing
effective teaching and public service. She
also is concerned about the status of women
and minorities on campus. ''I'm interested
in men and women working together and
that women are treated with respect and
that barriers are broken down," she said.
As for a specific agenda, Brown plans to
get ideas from the faculty and to implement
some of the reconul1.endations that will come
out of the self-study the University has been
conducting for reaccreditation by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty chairs serve one three-year term
and cannot be re-elected. "In three years I
would like to say that the faculty know each
other better, and all students and faculty are
comfortable here and thriving and that we
as a community have a direction and pur-
pose," Brown said.
Brown is having fun staying busy. "When
Jim and I get stressed out, we have to say,
'Wait, we've created a great life for our-
selves,'" she said, adding that they have
two "cool" children and "the perfect life."
Dean Cole praised Brown for fulfilling
all three requirements of being a university
professor: teaching, research and service.
"Jane is active and successful in all three of
those, and that's not true of everyone," he
said. "Everybody here is proud ofJane." I
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