MAILED: May 12, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The administrative organization at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will undergo some changes in titles and reporting lines, effective July 1. The changes are prompted by the upcoming retirement of Assistant Chancellor James Bollinger, who has supervised the facilities planning and facilities management units on a half-time assignment for the past few years.
Chancellor Larry Schnack said the title of the assistant chancellor for business affairs, Charles Bauer, will change to vice chancellor for business and student services, and a position of associate vice chancellor for business and student services will be created. In addition, a university budget officer will be hired to oversee the university's budget and assist with the fiscal affairs of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The search for the budget officer will begin after July 1.
Bauer will take on the duties formerly held by Bollinger in addition to his current duties, which include administrative responsibility for business and personnel services, financial aid and student support services (Children's Center, Housing and Residence Life, Public Safety, University Centers and Programs). Schnack will assign interim responsibility for the half-time associate vice chancellor position to special assistant Kathleen Mitchell, and the position will be filled through an internal search to be conducted after July 1.
Schnack said the changes are in keeping with previous efforts to decrease the number of administrative positions at UW-Eau Claire. For example, in 1992 UW-Eau Claire had five academic deans and four assistant chancellors. Currently there are three academic deans and three assistant chancellors. "This latest reorganization further flattens the university's administration by eliminating an assistant chancellor position and clarifying some reporting lines," Schnack said.
The new organization also will enable Schnack to play a more active role in university advancement activities. "Funding issues in higher education are compelling chancellors and presidents throughout the country to spend more and more of their time raising private funds to enhance the quality of their academic programs," he said.
The internal auditor, budget officer and the directors of business services, financial aid, and student support services will report directly to Bauer. Also in the same reporting line are the directors of the Children's Center, and the offices of Housing and Residence Life, Public Safety, and University Centers and Programs (formerly University Centers and Activities, Programs and Recreation), who report to the executive director of student support services, William Harms.
The directors of the offices of Facilities Management and Planning and Personnel Services will report to the associate vice chancellor for business and student services.
There will be two reporting changes in Academic Affairs, headed by Provost and Vice Chancellor Marjorie Smelstor. The director of admissions, Roger GroeneWold, will report to Thomas Miller, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and the director of Health Services will report to Ann Lapp in her role as director of Academic and Career Services. Responsibility for the university's catalogue and handbook will remain in the academic affairs area and is yet to be assigned.
Schnack informed campus units of the changes after meeting with the executive committee of the University Senate May 6. He said UW System President Katharine Lyall approved the use of the new titles earlier this month.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 12, 1997