Phase II of the Transition Begins
Two years ago, when separation between UT Brownsville and Texas Southmost College began, TSC and The UT System each appointed transition teams. These teams have been at work understanding the parameters of the challenge; engaging in negotiations to modify the partnership agreements; seeking agreement on the division and use of real estate, personal property and endowments; establishing a process for the separation of functions and facilitating the successful launch of the two autonomous institutions.
Now that the actual separation of functions is to begin, work groups made up of UTB and TSC managers and staff, working together, will begin to meet to plan the separation and transfer of all the functional areas needed for each entity to operate independently in time for the fall 2013 semester. To accomplish this, responsibility for operational and programmatic management has now been transferred from The UT System Transition Team to UTB.
This work will be led by the newly established Implementation Task Force, made up of UTB members Vice President Irv Downing and Associate Provost Dr. Janna Arney and TSC members President Lily Tercero, Vice President Chet Lewis, Associate Vice President Mike Shannon and Dean Marti Flores. The task force will manage the operational and programmatic plans through workgroups.
Input from the campus community will be very important as we begin to separate functions department by department. I encourage you to continue to use the link on the Transition Website to submit questions and concerns relating to transition. Angela McCauley, Assistant to the President for Communications, will log in all inquiries. Work groups will then be assigned to resolve issues one by one in an on-going process. All decisions reached by the UTB and TSC workgroups and approved by the presidents will then be communicated campus-wide via this newsletter.
The UT System will continue to work with TSC to oversee the conclusion of settlements over real estate, personal property, and endowments and will facilitate the finalization of interim operating agreements.
We expect that, by August, the transition will be substantially complete, thanks to the very dedicated work carried out by TSC and UTB administrators, managers and staff, as well as the TSC leadership, over the past two years.
INDEPENDENT MARKETING TO BEGIN
Throughout the transition, marketing and recruitment has continued to be carried out under the umbrella of the UTB/TSC partnership. With UT Brownsville and Texas Southmost College set to begin operating independently in the fall of 2013, this spring students will apply to and register for classes at either the college or the university. Accordingly, you will soon begin to see independent branding for recruitment this month as we help students prepare for fall enrollment.
Most other communications, outside of enrollment information, will continue under the partnership branding through August of this year.
THE RELOCATION OF THE UTB PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Shortly before the holidays, the Office of the President moved into the second floor of the Biomedical Research Building.
The move comes shortly after the Provost’s Office move to the Life and Health Sciences Building. Adjacent to the Office of the President is a new conference room, Salon La Palmera, established for use by anyone on campus. To reserve the use of Salon La Palmera, click here.
The moves of the Offices of the Provost and the President signal the beginning of more relocations that will take place as TSC and UTB settle into their respective buildings this spring and over the summer. Watch for an invitation to the President’s Office open house coming soon!