To: Dr. Zvi Szafran,
Vice President for Academic Affairs
From: Dr. Ronny Richardson,
Chair, Business Administration
Subject: Reorganization Committee of Departmental Chairs
Date: October 3, 2006
After meeting with our departments and listening to the faculty, the chairs met to discuss the possibility of reorganizing. We all agreed that it is difficult to properly evaluate potential organizational structures without knowing what the concerns are regarding the current structure. The question of “why are we reorganizing?” came up over-and-over and no one seemed to have a good answer.
After much discuss and debate, the chairs voted between all of the possible structures that had been discussed. Only two of the structures received any votes at all. During the voting, some chairs split their votes between the two structures. Plus, one chair had to leave to teach a class and so was unable to vote.
The first structure was the current structure, as shown below, only with Business moved out into a School of Business.
This structure received four full votes and three ½ votes for a total of 5 ½. In the discussion of this structure, several concerns were raised:
The other structure to receive votes was a matrix structure, as shown below, with all of the chairs reporting to the VPAA along with Deans of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies.
This structure also received four full votes and three ½ votes for a total of 5 ½. Several chairs pointed out that this was really a matrix structure with the chairs reporting to the VPAA on one axis and the two deans on the other axis. In the discussion of this structure, several issues were raised:
The chairs appreciate the opportunity to have input on this very important issue. If you feel that more work is needed or that the chairs need to address specific concerns, we will be happy to continue meeting to address those concerns.