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Trustees approve president's plan for administrative restructuring

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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today approved three administrative changes to clarify lines of authority under President Michael J. Hogan and ensure that resources are used as effectively as possible in a time of fiscal constraint.

The board:

established a vice president for health affairs to coordinate the clinical health care enterprise of the university

revised the title and expanded the portfolio of an existing vice presidency to become the vice president for research, including what had been the Office for Technology and Economic Development

added the title of vice president for each of the three campus chancellors to reflect the roles the chancellors play as university officers and stewards of their campuses.

The changes required amendments to the University of Illinois Statutes and The General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure.

The board approved the changes unanimously.

Hogan, who became president July 1, proposed the changes at the Sept. 23 board meeting.

Trustees also directed the university to reduce administrative costs 5 to 10 percent by 2012.

"To ensure sound governance and to address the chronic decline in state funding, it is more imperative than ever that the university have clear lines of authority and administrative offices appropriate to its missions," the board action said.

Hogan said the organizational changes will help consolidate administration and bring savings that can be redirected to teaching, research, public service and health care.

Hogan said restructuring will restore a central administration that has weakened over the last decade, creating "unfortunate and sometimes costly competition" among the campuses in Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and Springfield.

A strong administration will ensure campuses work together, he said, while maintaining the qualities that make each campus unique.

Restructuring will reduce overall administrative costs in the long run, he said.

"You need leadership at the top to drive that process," he said. "Without it, reform doesn't get done or doesn't get done effectively."

"Our reporting lines and roles must fully support the resources embodied in the entire university, encourage collaboration across our campuses and enhance the quality of each of our campuses in their distinctive missions," said Christopher Kennedy, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Hogan said the U of I is among the leanest in administrative spending compared to its peers, based on findings of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

The new vice president for health affairs will report directly to the president, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the vice president/chancellor of the Chicago campus. The position is the only new one established under the reorganization.

The existing position of vice president for technology and economic development now becomes vice president for research, overseeing $716 million in research on the three campuses, along with the commercialization of intellectual property and economic development.

The three chancellor positions will be re-titled "vice president and chancellor," clarifying their role as campus CEO and their responsibility to work with the president and other university officers on a university-wide agenda.

The change will clarify that the president of the university is also president of each campus.

hardyt@uic.edu


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