History As a result of departmental centralization efforts between UM System and the MU campus, the Staff Advisory Council was created in 2022 to better represent and serve both MU and UM System staff. This merged the individual MU and UM System Staff Advisory Councils in favor of a council that is comprised of staff from both entities. SAC Mission SAC’s mission is to advise the Chancellor and President on matters of mutual interest to MU and UM System staff, provide an appropriate and effective channel for bringing staff concerns and interests to campus administration, and act as a liaison for staff and administration. What does SAC do? Annually, Staff Advisory Council hosts Staff Recognition Week in May. This consists of a Staff Awards Ceremony recognizing years of service, presentations of the Mick Deaver Memorial Award, Barbara S. Uehling Administrative Excellence Award, MU Inclusive Excellence Award, James P. Pace Continuous Improvement Award, and the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards. There are also activities to celebrate staff, including a free luncheon, carnival, 5k, scavenger hunt, and HR's Staff Development Seminars. Up to three times a year, funds are awarded to staff for professional development. Applications are evaluated on how the proposed training or conference will help you grow professionally. The council also coordinates the Education Award which is a small scholarship to help pay for books or help offset tuition. Membership The council consists of 27 members elected for three-year terms. Staff Council members are elected by their peers and represent the following groups: Administrative/Professional - Includes exempt, non-academic administrative professional and managerial staff. Technical/Paraprofessional - Includes non-exempt staff and positions requiring specialized knowledge or skills which may be acquired through experience, technical or other training. Clerical/Office - Includes office staff designated non-exempt and not considered technical. Crafts/Maintenance - Includes non-exempt skilled, semi-skilled, apprenticed crafts, trades and service staff. UM System – Includes those who are listed as “UM System Employees” Members-at-large - Six members from staff-at-large will be on Staff Advisory Council from any eligible job title, regardless of category. Any benefit eligible MU or UM System staff member (>75% FTE) with at least one year of service, before nomination, non-Hospital, without academic appointment and currently not on probation is eligible for election. Please see the elections page for more information. Current Members | Past Members | Staff Council Committees | Bylaws Get Involved Watch for emails and social media notifications and respond to the call for volunteers. The council solicits volunteers to help with Staff Recognition Week and to serve on campus-wide committees. To be eligible you must have one year of service and be 75% FTE or more. Terms are for two years, and you may serve two consecutive terms. You can also run for a seat on the council. Nominations are accepted beginning in May with elections being held in July. For more information visit Elections.