TO: Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices
FROM: Deba Dutta, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
DATE: September 18, 2014
RE: Organization Refinement
When I became Provost, I requested an evaluation of the newly designed six-area Division of Student Academic Affairs to ensure that we had the most effective organization for our students and staff.
Critical input came from the following review team:
- Joan Fulton, Associate Department Head, Professor Agricultural Economics and Liaison to University Senate
- Chris Ladisch, Dean, College of Health & Human Sciences
- Chris Martin, Director of Business Managers
- Bobby Haddix, President, Purdue Student Government
- Steve Abel, Associate Vice President for Engagement
- Tony Hawkins, Dean of Students (retired)
As a result of their thoughtful input – and that of many others – I have refined the structure to create a simpler organization that enhances efficiency, while supporting student success and cost reduction as outlined in President Daniels’ original charge.
A chart showing the refined organizational structure (PDF) is attached for your information. It will be made available to the Purdue community in Purdue Today in the next week.
Highlights are as follows:
- Pam Horne, Associate Vice Provost of Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions, will now report directly to the Provost.
- Frank Dooley will continue in an interim role. The name of the position has been changed to Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. His position will be responsible for converging the curriculum, advising, faculty, academic, and career support to provide a learning atmosphere in support of all academic programs and academic excellence for all students.
- I have asked Beth McCuskey to take on the role of interim Vice Provost for Student Life. She will be responsible for emphasizing the lifelong impact of an educational experience through environments, culture, people, and programs that make a difference.
Search committees to identify internal candidates for these two positions will be announced shortly.
The Division of Student Academic Affairs will initially focus its collaborative efforts on four themes:
- Leadership development
- Arts, culture, & ideas
- Human resources for student employment
- Efforts that support the Gallup Purdue Index