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Changes streamline organizational structure

June 29, 2007

ASU's executive vice president and provost, Elizabeth D. Capaldi, recently announced organizational changes for the Polytechnic and West campuses as part of the next steps in ASU's decentralization of academic functions.

The organizational changes include the elimination of the executive vice provost positions at both campuses. Each of the campuses will have a core college headed by a dean who also serves as a university vice president, representing the campus as needed in the community.

For the West campus, Barry Ritchie was named interim vice president and dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Marjorie Zatz, who was the interim vice president and executive vice provost, was named the director of the School of Justice & Social Inquiry.

At the Polytechnic campus, a search for the vice president and dean of the College of Technology and Innovation is under way. Albert McHenry has agreed to delay his retirement until a candidate for this position is found.

“This organizational change knits the leadership of the core college with representing the campus, and continues our strategy of a school centric approach,” Capaldi says. “The new vice president and dean will be key in development of the Polytechnic campus.”

The firm R. William Funk and Associates of Dallas has been retained to assist in the search for the new vice president and dean. The search committee, chaired by David Young, senior vice president for academic affairs, met with Capaldi to discuss the search plans.

“We are very excited to initiate a national and international search for the new vice president and dean, and we are confident that a strong candidate will emerge through the search process,” Young says.

The initial deadline for applications is Aug. 31, but résumés received after the initial deadline will be given consideration if the first pool of candidates does not provide the committee with the desired outcome.

The committee comprises ASU administrators, faculty, staff members and a student, as well as community leaders. They will review the candidates and invite the top three to four for campus interviews. The university is expected to extend an offer by the end of the upcoming fall semester, with a start date prior to the fall 2008 semester.

Besides Young, the committee's members include Joni Adamson, Roc Arnett, Melanie Burford, Harry Dawson, Glenn Irvin, Paul Johnson, Carol Johnston, William McCurry, Chango Nam , William Nganje, Sethuraman Panchanathan, Brydon Pavlovic, Chell Roberts, John Robertson, Thomas Schildgen and Valana Wells.