With an eye toward improving services to undergraduates, University of Utah officials Monday unveiled a major administrative restructuring.
The changes consolidate and reassign a number of offices and functions and will be noticed by students and faculty alike, said Jerilyn S. McIntyre, vice president of academic affairs.At the core of the restructuring is the transfer of undergraduate studies and academic advising functions to the associate vice president of academic affairs. That means the abolition of the office of dean of undergraduate studies, a position held since its inception by Reba L. Keele.
Keele, former director of the Brigham Young University honors program and a member of the state Board of Regents from 1981 to 1987, is a tenured professor and has been offered other assignments at the U., McIntyre said.
At the Academic Senate meeting where the restructuring was announced Monday, faculty members expressed general support along with some reservations, especially over the elimination of Keele's office.
One senate leader, Dixie S. Huefner, said, "There was a sense of disappointment and concern at the loss of her services."
Also, faculty members wanted reassurances that the changes are a genuine enhancement of undergraduate programs rather than a shifting of administrative functions, Huefner added.
According to McIntyre, the restructuring is not cosmetic. Students will see the benefits in the area of academic advising, general education curriculum and improved communication between departments and the administration.
Among the changes:
- The Office of Undergraduate Studies, Center for Academic Advising and international studies have been assigned to Associate Vice President John Francis.
- Student affairs functions now supervised by a number of associate deans will be consolidated under three administrators who will report to Vice President Sybil R. Todd.
- Kay Harward has been named associate vice president for enrollment management, with supervisory responsibility over financial aid, student orientation and student recruitment.
- Ralph Boren, U. registrar, will also become admissions director.
- Richard Weigel has been named assistant vice president for student development and director of the counseling center.
- Meg Sutton will be assistant vice president for student life and director of the University Union.
- Stayner Landward, the former director of admissions, has been named dean of students. The student involvement center, child care, national student exchange and student code judicial process will operate out of his office.
- Ted Capener, vice president for university relations, will assume responsibility over Kingsbury Hall and Pioneer Memorial Theater.
U. President Arthur K. Smith, who has emphasized undergraduate education during his tenure, said he is convinced the restructuring "will more efficiently serve the needs of our students and the general public."