Dear Campus Community:
When the campus experiences changes in leadership, it gives us an opportunity to inquire into the current organizational structure and evaluate any changes that may be necessary to position the campus for future success, particularly given the evolving landscape of higher education. One of the key leadership positions for which a search needs to begin immediately is the vice chancellor for administration and finance (VCAF). The December retirement of our VCAF prompted a sooner than anticipated evaluation of the organizational structures under each vice chancellor as it is necessary to prepare an accurate job description for the VCAF position if the search is to yield the most qualified candidate.
I worked closely with the leadership team members in making these changes. In the decision-making process, we focused on the future success of our campus and how best we can serve our students, faculty and staff. We also acknowledged in this process that enrollment, of which a core component is retention, is critical to the campus’ achievement of its mission.
The result is a restructuring designed to create strategic teams focused on student retention and graduation rates while at the same time aligning units to maximize efficiency and effectiveness without sacrificing our focus on academic excellence and our core access mission. In the reorganization all affected individuals were held financially harmless and no additional funds were expended.
Specific changes include:
- The provost will now have executive responsibility for the Excel Centers and the director of faculty relations.
- Moving to the vice chancellor for administration and finance are admissions, recruitment, registrar, orientation, degree audit, first year experience, parent programs, retention, university studies, pre-collegiate development, financial aid, student employment, and scholarships.
- Moving to the vice chancellor for student success are athletics, global engagement, UCCS Presents, health and wellness, residence life and housing, Family Development Center, dining, bookstore and vending.
- The vice chancellor for university advancement will now have responsibility for executive events
- There are no changes to the vice chancellor for strategic initiatives area.
As we implement this reorganization, I ask for your patience. We should anticipate a few bumps in the road as we sort out new ways of working together.
All of us care deeply about this university, and the leadership team and I have every confidence that this new organizational structure will yield the best outcomes for UCCS as we continue to grow, strive for academic excellence and put student success at the center of everything we do. We will evaluate the structure on an ongoing basis and consider fine-tuning as needed.
Finally, the search for a new VCAF will begin soon with a job description that reflects this new organizational structure. I hope to name a new vice chancellor by the end of the calendar year.
I am looking forward to seeing you all soon as we get ready to welcome our students in a couple of weeks.