TO: The University Community
FR: Stephen T. Hulbert, President
RE: Proposed Reorganization 2010
Accompanying this cover correspondence, you will find a proposed reorganization of the University’s administrative structure. I am sharing this material for review across the university’s shared governance constituencies as a means of both vetting the proposal and soliciting individual and group comment.
You will note that the proposed reorganization does not carry an effective date or detail the time frame to be followed in reviewing this matter campus-wide. This is purposeful, in that I want to offer the campus community adequate time to consider the full range of proposed changes. However, the review process needs to be completed as quickly as reasonably possible and, at a minimum, be brought to closure during the first half of this coming fall semester.
While I am not pressing the review process any more than that stated above, I am drawing the university community’s attention to several dynamic factors that will have significant impact on the institution’s future. Whether it be the continuing financial challenges facing Louisiana or the pending loss of a dozen or more senior administrators and faculty leaders, there is no doubt in my mind that we need to significantly restructure the administrative organization in order to both reduce costs over time and, while doing so, to maintain institutional integrity.
There is one position and organizational change that I intend to move on in the immediate weeks ahead, and that is a replacement for Dr. Carroll Falcon, as the university’s chief academic affairs officer. I have changed the position title from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux is serving in an interim capacity and the search for a regular appointment will be conducted in the weeks ahead.
One of the continuing strengths of Nicholls State University has been the people who have given their careers and lives to build this fine institution. While the last several years have been difficult, and the next two to three years may well be even more challenging, Nicholls remains strong because of the men and women who comprise the faculty and staff.
I look forward to the on-going discussion of this proposal. The recommendations and advice received will do much to frame the final reorganization plan and its subsequent implementation.