The often elusive and multi-faceted Robert Kasdin, Columbia’s Senior Executive Vice President—aka PrezBo’s right-hand man—sent out the following email to members of CU’s administration, shaking up positions and some of the bureaucracy, most notably the Student and Administrative Services division. While these changes have the potential to trim down Columbia’s sprawling bureaucracy by placing a few key players (Kasdin, Sullivan, and Ienuso, to name a few) in charge of multiple divisions, only time will tell if this consolidation really means increased efficiency.
Get the full scoop from the original email, included below:
I am writing to inform you of an administrative re-alignment that is designed to improve efficiency and service to our faculty, students and administrative colleagues. Specifically, the administrative unit known as Student and Administrative Services has been eliminated. Its functional areas will be managed as follows:
Human Resources and CUIT will report directly to me; Student Financial Services and the Registrar’s Office will report to Anne Sullivan, the university’s Executive Vice President for Finance; and Student and Auxiliary Services (including Housing, Dining, Print Services, Student Health Services and Special Events) will report to Joe Ienuso, currently the Executive Vice President for Facilities. Joe’s title is being changed to Executive Vice President for Facilities and Operations to more accurately reflect his responsibilities.
Financial and communications staff who support these organizations’ efforts will report to Anne and Joe. Anne and Joe will also retain their current responsibilities.
Cheryl Ross, who has led Student Financial Services, will be supporting the Finance organization’s global operations in a new role as Head of Special Projects, Global Financial Operations.
Jeff Scott, the current Executive Vice President for Student and Administrative Services, will be leaving Columbia’s administration after six years of service. With Jeff’s leadership and guidance, Student and Administrative Services accomplished much in furtherance of our goals. For example, Student Financial Services and the Office of the Registrar partnered successfully with the schools, automating many functions and improving student service in Kent Hall; significant improvements were made to the university’s IT infrastructure; and Human Resources developed a new Leadership Development Program that was piloted in Student and Administrative Services and which will be rolled out more broadly in 2014. I am grateful to Jeff for his contributions and I am pleased that Jeff will continue his service to the Columbia Community as an adjunct member of the faculty.
Periodic examinations of organizations are important as they adjust to evolving needs. It is my expectation that this re-alignment will make our organization more effective and responsive. We will continue to review the new structure and make further adjustments as needed in our ongoing effort to improve services.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org; Anne Sullivan if it concerns Student Financial Services or the Registrar’s Office at email@example.com; or Joe Ienuso if it concerns Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.