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Archive for Saturday, March 9, 1996

HEMENWAY SHUFFLES STAFF

March 9, 1996

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So many KU officials are changing jobs in a staff reorganization that ID tags may be required.

Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway settled Friday on a management team to flesh out his new administrative structure.

Hemenway, who set out the bare bones of his organization in January, acted on advice of an implementation team to appoint 43 staff. About three-fourths kept old jobs, but many moved to new places on the administrative chart or had additional duties assigned them.

"They can all now be part of the future implementation of the reorganization," he said.

The new structure -- the first campus realignment in 20 years -- is designed to be operational July 1.

Hemenway on Friday sent a letter to faculty outlining appointments. He said the goal wasn't a massive shuffling of the deck but more like adjusting pieces of the puzzle.

In fact, the chancellor vowed to complete the reorganization without layoffs.

Left unfilled is the position of provost -- a new post that vests in one person wide academic and operational responsibility for the Lawrence campus. A search committee this week began looking for candidates.

Under the new scheme, two new associate provost positions will go to existing university staff.

Lindy Eakin, associate executive vice chancellor, will be associate provost for support services. He'll handle budget, human resource, comptroller, purchasing, facilities operation and environmental safety issues.

"I'm looking forward to having this new structure," Eakin said. "Clearly, I think it isn't going to be without some personal discomfort for a number of people. But the end result is where the university needs to be going."

In a move that will raise the profile of women in Strong Hall, Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett was selected for associate provost for academic services. McCluskey-Fawcett, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, will work with student admissions, scholarships and advising.

Only one of three KU vice chancellors will retain his current post. David Ambler, vice chancellor of student affairs, kept his job.

The position staffed by David Shulenburger, vice chancellor for academic affairs, will be eliminated. His duties are to be merged with those of Executive Vice Chancellor Ed Meyen and assigned to the provost.

Hemenway asked Shulenburger to apply for the provost slot. Meyen is returning to teaching in the School of Education.

Andrew Debicki, a distinguished professor, no longer will be vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service. His new title is dean of graduate and international programs.

On an interim basis, the vice chancellor for research and public service will be Howard Mossberg, former KU pharmacy dean. He agreed to stay until July 1997 or until a permanent vice chancellor is hired through a national search.

Debicki said turning research and public service over to Mossberg could pay dividends for KU. Mossberg has the scientific expertise to organize an array of research entities at the university and try to establish a new research foundation for KU, he said.

At the same time, Debicki would be free to focus on graduate programs. Quality of graduate education is uneven, he said.

"I think it's a very exciting time," Debicki said. "I've had very long conversations with the chancellor. The man has a vision. His initial perspective of the university is different from the way we've been looking at it. But I think his vision is rather compelling."

Debicki welcomed the challenge of expanding faculty and student participation in international studies.

The other new vice chancellor will be William Crowe, dean of libraries. He'll add to his duties the role of vice chancellor for information services. His objective is to get more of KU on the information superhighway.

Two deanships will be eliminated. The existing international studies dean, George Woodyard, will return to teaching as professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

In addition, the dean of educational services, Wes Williams, is to move to a position in student life.

"It's part of the streamlining of the administration that I've been talking about," Hemenway said.

Two new assistant provost jobs will be filled by Sandra Gautt and Richard Givens, both associate vice chancellors for academic affairs.

Hemenway said the goal was to reshape the administration to direct everyone's energy at the academic mission: teaching, research, public service. He said the new structure also will increase administrative accountability.

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