Dear UP Community,

Earlier this week, I shared with you some pending changes to our organizational structure that will become effective July 1.  In keeping with our commitment to share campus information through multiple vehicles, I’d like to explain these changes here as well. The goal of these changes is to create the most effective structure to deliver an excellent whole-person student experience, to best serve our university community, and to ensure we meet our institutional performance objectives.

Justin Crowe’s role will be expanded to better align our strategy execution and administrative services. In addition to his current responsibilities, Justin will oversee Finance, the Physical Plant, Enrollment Management, and the new area of Risk and Compliance. To support Justin in creating a seamless experience across these administrative areas and moving forward on risk and compliance issues, we will also be hiring a Senior Director, Business Operations.

To improve our philanthropy revenue, we have also begun a search for a VP for Advancement, a position that has been vacant for several years. With this hire, the Advancement and Alumni Affairs functions (currently under Justin Crowe) will report directly to me.

We are making several changes in Athletics as part of our strategy to leverage athletics in the near term to increase enrollment. We have expanded Brad Beffert’s role as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Wellness with oversight of the fitness center, student athlete insurance, and athletics risk management. He will also remain our Head Athletic Trainer. Similarly, we have added an Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations, who will also serve as the Head Spirit Squad Coach.

As a reminder of the changes I announced earlier this month, Academic Affairs organizational changes include eliminating the traditional dean role and empowering newly designated division chairs, who will functionally act as deans for the divisions. We are also consolidating all academic student support functions under one leader. With these changes to student support, along with moving Student Development under the Provost, we can significantly advance our goal of providing an integrated, whole-person student development experience.

The School of Health Professions continues to add new programs at a quick pace to boot strap our growth. To support this rapid growth, we are adding program directors as required for accreditation purposes and in programs that involve significant outside partnerships.

Finally, we will be changing the name of the President’s Leadership Team to the President’s Cabinet. I want to recognize the fact that we have many other leadership groups on campus and that everyone is a leader. Calling my direct reports the Leadership Team creates an unnecessary perceptual division.

View an organizational chart outlining the high-level structure here. This structure will be updated periodically as needed, and I’m confident that it will help us create the kind of community experience that we want to achieve. I ask for your continued patience and collaboration as these changes unfold and hope, as always, you will reach out if you have questions or feedback.