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Thursday, March 21, 1996
Administrative changes set
UW's new administrative structure is announced in
to department heads yesterday by the president, James Downey,
and provost, Jim Kalbfleisch. The full text of the memo is
available on UWinfo under "Documents", and will be in next
The memo says what's being done to replace the four associate
provosts who are retiring (and a fifth who left office last
"A single chief academic and administrative officer",
the vice-president (academic) and provost, continues at the head
of the structure with the president.
Six senior positions are being created as of May 1. One is
an expansion of a job that already exists; one is being filled
by a temporary appointment; and four will be advertised. (A
memo should be out tomorrow inviting applications for three of
the positions, with an application deadline of April 5, Kalbfleisch
said this morning.)
administrative positions" will result from the reorganization, the memo
says, as several department
heads will not be replaced. A quick outline:
Associate provost, human resources Catharine Scott, currently
director of human resources. She also will take charge of payroll,
and such units as
health services, counselling, and athletics.
(Many of these services currently report to the "associate provost,
student affairs", Peter Hopkins; that title is being eliminated.)
"On an interim basis" the director of development
and alumni relations will also report to Scott.
Associate provost, academic and student affairs Position to
be advertised. In charge of library, registrar's office, co-op,
student relations. (Robin Banks is currently "associate provost,
academic affairs", with a similar portfolio.)
Associate provost, general services and finance Position to be
advertised. In charge of plant operations, financial services, purchasing,
Reporting to this associate provost will be
Jane Manson, currently director of budgets, heading
a combined department of budgets and financial services.
(Currently Bob Elliott is "associate provost, general services" and
Dorothy Battae is "associate provost, finance".)
Director of business operations Bud Walker, currently director
of data processing, for a two-year term. In charge of ancillary
operations including residences, bookstore, graphic services and
food services, as well as "revenue-generating and cost-saving
opportunities for UW".
(These services currently report to the associate provosts for
general services or finance.)
Associate provost, information systems and technology Position
to be advertised. In charge of computing services, data processing
and telephone services. DCS and DP "are to be reorganized";
there will not be new directors. (The post of "associate provost,
computing and information systems" existed until Johnny Wong finished
his term last year and was not replaced.)
Associate vice-president Position to be advertised later this
year. In charge of undergraduate affairs, interdisciplinary programs,
academic department reviews; replaces the present "advisor for
The memo says there hasn't been a decision yet about whether
the vice-president (university relations) will be replaced.
"Similarly, a decision on how best to replace the Warden of
Residences in order to ensure that residence life continues to have
the leadership needed will be delayed."
Looking for your OSAP?
If you are waiting for funds from the Ontario Student Assistance
Program, "please check with the Student Awards Office each week,
preferably Thursday," says Joanne Wade from the second floor of
Needles Hall. "Due to the
public service union labour dispute, the Ministry is not mailing
notices of OSAP to students."
Got the wrong department
Yesterday's Gazette briefly noted the death on Sunday of Don Amoroso,
retired faculty member from the psychology department. Unfortunately,
the printed text for some reason associates him with the "chemistry"
department. Psychology it is. The funeral Mass was held yesterday
afternoon at a downtown Kitchener church.
About retirement benefits
Anyone "concerned about health benefits, the early
retirement package and the problems the University has
created for us", is invited to an information sharing meeting
this afternoon: Math and Computer room 4058, starting at 4 p.m.
Says John Towler of Renison College, who's organizing it: "This is
an informal meeting. Our
goals are to . . .
discuss our mutual concerns;
determine why the University has taken this position;
discuss how and where to get private coverage;
seek support from the Faculty Association;
determine how to get health coverage for outside
explore our legal options;
plan the next actions."
Towler can be reached at 884-6411, e-mail jotowler@watserv1.
On the Persian and
Baha'i new year
- There will be lots of candles in the Optometry building today,
as no fewer than three staff and faculty members are celebrating
birthdays: Melanie Campbell, Robin Jones and Ralph Chou -- who
asks, "Are there any other departments of the university with
multiple birthdays that day?" Or any day?
- Social note: UW president James Downey is away from campus for
the rest of March; he's in Malta at a conference of the Association
of Commonwealth Universities, of which he serves as vice-chair.
Hyakutake is getting closer; public tours, with a chance to look
at the phenomenon through the physics department's telescope, are
scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 8:00.
Chris Redmond -- firstname.lastname@example.org
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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