UCM College Structure Reorganized
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 12/15/2006 - The University of Central Missouri recently announced it is reorganizing its core academic organizational structure.
System Expanded from Four to Five Colleges
This historic effort, which includes restructuring the current four-college system into five colleges, was unanimously recommended by UCM's Strategic Planning and Resource Council and approved by President Aaron Podolefsky. The change was presented as an information item to the Board of Governors Dec. 15.
Reorganization Follows Work by Campus Task Forces
"I'm grateful for the hard work of faculty and staff across campus who have served on academic task forces and Provost Y.T. Shah for helping to move this measure expeditiously forward," Podolefsky said. "It is no small feat to accomplish a change of this magnitude in only one semester."
New Structure Offers Opportunities for Growth
In making its recommendations, the SPRC received input from the Academic Organization Structure Task Force to establish a core academic culture that consists of five colleges:
- The Adrian and Margaret Harmon College of Business Administration;
- College of Education;
- College of Health and Human Services;
- College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences;
- and College of Science and Technology.
Although the different college structure becomes effective in January 2007, Shah said a six-month transition period is planned to work out all details encountered by this change.
"The structure is created so that every department has the best chance of growth. It will help market the institution in a manner that accentuates our strengths, like education and technology, and will allow the university to grow in new areas of opportunity such as health and homeland security," Shah said.
Podolefsky called changes in the college culture a "structure of opportunity." He noted that reorganization should facilitate more collaboration and cooperation between different departments.
Students Will Benefit
"The kind of synergies that can be achieved through restructuring should lead to new opportunities for students," Podolefsky said. "This includes programmatic opportunities, creating interdisciplinary programs, or research and scholarship opportunities that will help our students be better prepared for the workplace, and can ultimately help our state and region."
College Leadership Named
Providing leadership in the colleges will be:
- Steven Boone, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences;
- Mike Wright, interim dean of the College of Education;
- George Wilson, dean of the Harmon College of Business Administration;
- Rick Sluder, dean of the College of Health and Human Services;
- and Alice Greife, dean of the College of Science and Technology.
The provost will announce national searches to hire deans for posts that are now filled on an interim basis.
Wilson has been serving as executive assistant to the president, and has previous experience as dean of the Harmon College. Wright has been serving as the chair of the Department of Career and Technology Education.
New Structure Consistent with Vision for Future of University
This plan for restructuring is consistent with Podolefsky's vision for UCM to become "a nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a world-class university education by providing a small-college learning environment coupled with large-university opportunities."