In the spring of 2015, President Pat Gamble charged me with assembling a team to review statewide programs and services to examine the essential role for UA administration. President Jim Johnsen endorsed the plan when he came on board and a group, led by me as chief strategy and budget officer, reviewed all key functions handled at the University of Alaska systemwide offices.
The Board of Regents, appointed by the governor as the policy-making body for the university, was not included in the review.
In April of last year, Johnsen announced more than 113 recommendations, including reductions in functions and positions as well as changes in locations and duties for some staff. Statewide will continue to provide critical policy direction, shared services, lead collaboration efforts and aid in increasing efficiency across the university system.
Many of the recommendations have been implemented or are in progress. Reductions and eliminations at statewide have been significant, with 31 percent fewer people working to provide the same level of service and support required by law and providing necessary services to students and employees across the system. Staffing reductions and review of services in statewide and the President’s Office continues with information technology, human resources, student services, institutional research, university relations, land management and facilities under the Strategic Pathways process.
By the time we’ve completed the Strategic Pathways process, every major program and functional area of the university will have undergone intensive review and reorganization.
For more information on the Transformation Team recommendations and process, click here.
— Michelle Rizk, vice president, university relations, UA system