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Enjoying leading in the midst of seismic flux
March 10, 2011

 

 

PULLMAN – John Fraire’s world is in seismic flux – restructuring of his division, doctoral thesis deadlines, changing student demographics, enrollment growth expectations and, like everyone else, budget cuts. But despite the demanding challenge, he’s enjoying it.

 

Seven months ago, WSU President Elson S. Floyd announced a major reorganization of the university’s management structure to help reduce costs and deal with ongoing cuts in state funding. The plan eliminated three vice president positions and consolidated five administrative divisions into two. For most employees that was an alteration in the org chart, a change in view from … » More …

John Gardner offers insights into reorganization
October 20, 2010



 


John Gardner (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)


 

 

PULLMAN – John Gardner, vice president of Advancement and External Affairs, was assigned in mid-August to lead radical reconstructive surgery among several major university offices. The goal is to flatten the administrative structure, reduce costs and increase collaborative efforts and effectiveness, particularly in the area of fundraising. 

 

To provide some insights and a prognosis on the procedure, Gardner candidly answered a number of key questions in a recent interview with WSU Today.

 

Gardner came to WSU in June 2007, when he … » More …

Priorities, budgets, mergers, updates
October 24, 2007

WSU may be going back to the future. It is considering merging the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Sciences, 15 years after the original College of Sciences and Arts was split.

 

These discussions are occurring at the same time the university ponders refreshing its strategic plan and debates program priorities and budgets. And it’s no coincidence they converge as WSU’s new president Elson S. Floyd is hitting his stride.

 

“The president is here at an opportune time,” said Erich Lear, dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). “Many of these things have been discussed for the past three years. … » More …

Realignment v. reshaping: Liberal Arts tests theory
September 16, 2005

With effective positioning for the future as the goal, and acting on recommendations from the provost’s realignment committee, Erich Lear, dean, College of Liberal Arts, is experimenting with changes in the organization of the college.A discussion about realignment began on the university level nearly a year ago when a small committee, jointly led by Fran McSweeney, vice provost for faculty affairs, and Chuck Pezeshki, past chair of the Faculty Senate, began to gather information at the request of the provost.The biggest questions related to Liberal Arts pertained to the size and effectiveness of the college and whether it might be advantageous to divide Liberal Arts … » More …