April 19, 2012

Dr. Alan F. J. Artibise

Dear Colleagues:


As we work through the process of right-sizing for the new UTB, we are evaluating each area of the university to see where efficiencies can be discovered. We have identified several administrative positions that we believe will help us to save resources while meeting the new mission of UTB.


 The colleges of Nursing and Biomedical Sciences will be administratively merged and led by the VP for Research, who will hold a dual appointment as Dean of both colleges effective July 1st. We believe the common focus of preparing students for careers in medical fields with unified leadership will position us to implement the Chancellor’s goal of developing interdisciplinary health education through the Rio Grande Valley Initiative.


 Similarly, we continue to focus on the first goal in the Chancellor’s framework, which is to increase undergraduate student access and success. The successful establishment of our University College has helped to introduce a new freshman culture, in which campus engagement is a priority. With this new initiative underway, we will now merge the leadership of the college with the duties of one of the Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, who will hold a dual appointment as Dean of University College,  effective July 1st.


 We have also made the difficult decision to eliminate the position of the Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Community Services and Dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education as of May 2013 as we reorganize this division to support the mission of UTB as a stand-alone university.


 The work of right-sizing the University will require many difficult decisions over the next several months, and we are committed to adhering to a process that is transparent and respectful of the many contributions our employees have made during their tenure.



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