UT interim Pres. announces Task Force on University Effectiveness

Published: Dec. 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM EST
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University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd announced the creation of a Task Force on University of Administrative Effectiveness as a way to clarify the roles and responsibilities between the UT system administration and the campuses it serves.

The task force will be co-chaired by David Miller, UT’s chief financial officer, and Richard Brown, executive vice chancellor for administration for UT Chattanooga.

“The faculty and staff that make up the University of Tennessee are our greatest asset to helping ensure students can fulfill their dream of graduating college,” Boyd said in a news release. “My main goal is to determine if there are opportunities to share best practices, streamline processes, identify practical ways to do our jobs better, and ultimately reduce costs.”

To be most effective, Boyd said work must be differentiated between the campuses and institutes and the system office.

“Improving staff productivity to effectively meet the increasing challenges in higher education is a primary goal rather than reducing our workforce,” he said.

Initially, the task force will explore five departments within institutional support:

Capital Projects

Communications and Marketing

Human Resources

Information Technology

Procurement and Contracting

UT has engaged in periodic reviews of roles and efficiency projects since the 1980s.

The task force will provide recommendations to Boyd for consideration by late spring 2019.