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Central Administrative Reductions and Consolidations

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As you are aware, the financial impact of COVID-19 is broad and deep for all colleges and universities nationally. Our budget reduction taskforce is actively working to explore all potential scenarios and related responses as we move forward. As promised, we continue to evaluate central administrative reductions and consolidations in response to the current landscape, with an overarching goal of not limiting our capacity to grow and function in future years. All senior leaders have been asked to review their respective units/divisions for ways to continue to deliver their services efficiently and identify opportunities to reorganize operations and consolidate offices to realize cost savings. I wanted to share some immediate actions being taken in Business and Finance, Academic Affairs and Advancement:

  • Through a reorganization of specific leadership roles, retirements and consolidation of units, the Division of Business and Finance will be eliminating the following positions:
    • Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Business Operations
    • Executive Director for Financial Reporting and Strategic Initiatives
    • Two additional senior level positions, one each at the Executive Director/Director level
  • Advancement (including Alumni Relations and Annual Giving) has eliminated two open positions, consolidating functions with other areas, for an overall reduction of 6% for their fiscal year budget. 
  • Academic Affairs has eliminated an open assistant director position and administrative support position, in addition to previously consolidating two positions in the Division of Business and Finance.
     

These actions are expected to result in a cost savings of approximately $750K in salary and benefits annually. In addition, our Department of Athletics announced several weeks ago plans for reductions totaling $4.4M. I have asked Dr. Tom Nenon, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, to review administrative roles and functions across all schools and colleges, exploring similar opportunities for savings through consolidations that do not limit our capacity in future years. 

We will continue to share other actions we will be taking at the administrative level at appropriate intervals.

Regards, 

Dr. M. David Rudd, President