Management and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (V.B.2)

Volume V: Governance 
Chapter BGovernance 
Responsible Executive: Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer 
Responsible Office: Office of the Vice President for Human Resources 
Date Issued: May 1, 2003 
Date Last Revised: April 1, 2020 


Statement of Policy 
Reason for This Policy 
Individuals and Entities Affected by This Policy 
Definitions (defined terms are capitalized throughout the document)
Related Documents, Forms and Tools
Website Address for This Policy
History and Updates


Policy Clarification




Office of the Vice President for Human Resources
Leadership and Organizational Development



It is Purdue University's policy to solicit and carefully consider suggestions and advice from Management and Professional staffs (M/P) when forming University policies and procedures and in other matters relating to the terms and conditions of staff employment. To this end, the Management and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (MaPSAC) serves as a representative committee of M/P staff.

Subject matter for discussion and action by MaPSAC may originate by any of the following methods:

  1. By the University administration via any of its officers or unit heads or by chairpersons of duly appointed University committees;
  2. By any individual staff member via a member of the committee; or
  3. By placing a written and signed statement of the matter on file with the committee. 


This policy provides members of the Management staff, Professional staff and Operations/Technical staff with a means of participation through suggestion and advice in the formulation or change of policies and procedures affecting conditions of employment.


Management staff, Professional staff, Operations/Technical staff, supervisors/department heads of MaPSAC members, Vice President for Human Resources, University administrative officers, and Leadership and Organizational Development department.


This policy does not cover employees in positions classified as Administrative and Operational Support or Police, Fire, and Skilled Trades.


Vice President for Human Resources

  • Serve as the resource member and liaison to the MaPSAC.

Leadership and Organizational Development Department

  • Facilitate and support all administrative aspects of the MaPSAC.

University Administrative Officers

  • Utilize the MaPSAC as a means of effective communication between Management, Professional and Operations/Technical staffs and the University administration.

Management and Professional Staff Advisory Committee

  • Act in an advisory capacity and make recommendations to the Vice President for Human Resources, who has the assigned responsibility for planning and recommending policies concerning human resources and staff benefits.
  • Elect a chairperson and/or vice chairperson(s) to serve in meetings with the MaPSAC facilitator.
  • Conduct regular meetings at reasonable times and places. Members have the responsibility of arranging with their supervisors and/or department heads for attendance at meetings.
  • Provide representation from the MaPSAC membership to participate on other duly appointed University committees, as requested by those committees.
  • Staff subcommittees from the MaPSAC membership to address issues such as professional development, grants, compensation and benefits, MaPSAC infrastructure, membership, and communication. Elect a chairperson for each subcommittee.
  • Consider subject matter presented to the committee via the methods listed in the Statement of Policy.
  • Communicate the work of the committee to M/P staff. Committee members will be assigned proportionate areas for which they will serve as a communication liaison between employees and the committee.

Supervisors/Department Heads of MaPSAC Members

  • Arrange work schedules to permit members of the committee to attend meetings.


All defined terms are capitalized throughout the document. Refer to the central Policy Glossary for additional defined terms.

See definition of this term in the policy on Terms and Conditions of Employment of Staff (VI.F.5).

Management and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (MaPSAC)
A committee consisting of at least 10 members and no more than 30 members from the Management staff, Professional staff and Operations/Technical staff on each of Purdue’s campuses (Fort Wayne, Northwest and West Lafayette). The MaPSAC Membership and Communications Subcommittee recommends new members to the President (for West Lafayette campus employees) and the Chancellor (for Regional Campus employees), who appoint the members. Members serve a term of three years beginning June 1 and ending May 31, with approximately one-third of the total membership appointed each year.

Consistent with the University's commitment to equal access and equal opportunity, all applicants will be considered for membership without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

The Fort Wayne and Northwest campuses may staff their own campus-level MaPSACs in addition to the system-wide committee described in this policy. Each campus will define the appointment process and member terms for those committees.

See definition of this term in the policy on Terms and Conditions of Employment of Staff (VI.F.5).

See definition of this term in the policy on Terms and Conditions of Employment of Staff (VI.F.5).


MaPSAC Operating Procedures



April 1, 2020: The committee changed its name from Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee because of changes in position classifications (and thus, the policy title changed). Changes to the policy include updated titles of individuals who appoint committee members and the removal of procedural language (e.g., how members are nominated, composition of the executive committee, and election of officers).

November 18, 2011: Policy number changed to V.B.2 (formerly IV.1.1).

May 1, 2003: This policy supersedes Executive Memorandum No. C-16 originally issued May 6, 1988, and amended March 19, 1993, and December 13, 1999. 


There are no appendices to this policy.

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

© 2020 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by University Policy Office

Trouble with this page? Disability-related accessibility issue? Please contact University Policy Office at