Reorganization of Provost's Office announced

Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico, Temple's chief academic officer, announced a significant reorganization of the Office of the Provost this week.

The moves include new reporting structures and, in the case of faculty affairs, the redefinition of the mission of an administrative office.

"President Hart has set goals for Temple in areas such as access to excellence, the development of academic strategic plan, student life, diversity, internationalization, community impact and more," said Staiano-Coico. "These changes in the Provost's Office will help us work in partnership with the faculty to meet these critical shared goals."

In a move signaling a renewed emphasis on what Staiano-Coico called "a broad range of holistic services for faculty, including professional development, as well as on faculty diversity," the provost announced that the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs will be renamed the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs.

Bonnie S. Brennen, the vice provost for faculty affairs since 2005, has decided to rejoin the faculty to pursue her teaching and research (see Related Story for more information). A national search will be launched for a senior vice provost. When the search to fill that position has been completed, the Teaching and Learning Center will move to the portfolio.

In addition, the provost announced that the General Education Program, Temple University Press, the newly created Commission on the Arts and a special initiative on adult education now are in the portfolio of Richard M. Englert, deputy provost and dean of University College. William J. Wilkinson, recently appointed associate vice president for budget and space management for the provost's portfolio, will report to the deputy provost.

Staiano-Coico also announced the retirement of Thomas M. Healey, the executive director of Temple's Office of Planning and Policy Analysis, or OPPA (see Related Story).

From the OPPA portfolio, the Office of Scheduling and Space Management will move to the Office of the Deputy Provost under Wilkinson. The Office of Academic Records, known as the registrar, will move to Student Affairs under Vice President Theresa A. Powell. All other offices and functions of OPPA will report to Stephanie Gillin, now the provost's chief of staff and associate vice president for administration and planning, who spearheads the Upgrading Administrative Systems effort for the Office of the Provost.