February 2019 Academic Restructuring Update
Following a directive from the Shepherd University Board of Governors in May 2017, the Provost and President worked with the Academic Restructuring Committee to develop and vet potential academic administrative models with the campus community. Models were developed and presented to the campus through the academic restructuring web pages and at the spring assembly in spring 2018. Over the summer and early fall 2018, President Hendrix convened a special advisory group of academicians, representing the Board of Governors, the Deans Council, the Faculty Senate, and tenured faculty at large – to review and discuss the basic academic organizational structure developed by the Academic Restructuring Taskforce.
The final draft proposal features a combination of renamed and in some cases merged colleges, as well as five professional schools. While initially we hoped to realize more savings, the proposed model saves approximately $165k over the previous structure, and most importantly provides new organizational and philanthropic (naming) opportunities, as well as possibilities for future degree programs that point us towards current and imminent workforce demands.
We have abided by the following timeline:
- October 24, 2018 – Share with Deans’ Council [✔]
- November 5, 2018 – Share with the Faculty Senate [✔]
- November 9, 2018 – Distribute to All Employees [✔]
- January 17, 2019 – Final recommendations for adjustments to the proposed model are due to the President and the Provost. [✔]
- February 14, 2019 –Proposed Academic Structure presented to the Board of Governors. [✔]
- Structure is approved unanimously by the Shepherd University Board of Governors. [✔]
- February/March 2019-Candidates interviewed for academic leadership positions.
- March 15, 2019-Academic Leadership is announced to the campus.
- Fall 2019 – Implementation of New Academic Organizational Structure
- Concurrently, we will involve faculty and staff in implementing the new structure, addressing issues associated with carrying out of the new academic structure, including any potential policy changes that will require approval by the Assembly.
Thank you again for all your efforts to advance this directive from our Board of Governors. We greatly appreciate your time and dedication.
President Hendrix and Provost Beard