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Nov. 2 , 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU President announces administrative reorganization

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University President John A. Fallon, III, announced today that he is reassigning all institutional departments currently located within the Division of University Relations and eliminating three positions.

            “Effective immediately, the University Relations administrative structure, not the services themselves, is being eliminated,” Fallon said.

            As a result of the reassignment, the Charter Schools Office and the Institute for Community and Regional Development will move to the Division of Academic Affairs. The Convocation Center and Pease Auditorium will move to the Division of Student Affairs, and the public radio station WEMU and the University Switchboard will move to Marketing and Communications. Government Relations will be the responsibility of the President’s Office. Two administrative positions – the vice president for university relations and the associate vice president for university relations – and one confidential clerical position will be eliminated.

Fallon said that the reassignment allows the University to continue to deliver critical services while addressing long-term budget and effectiveness issues. “These types of decisions are never easy because they involve people, but I’m absolutely convinced that by reassigning these departments to administrative units that share key mission- critical goals and objectives, the University will be better served,” Fallon said.

In a related action, Fallon said that Intercollegiate Athletics would now report directly to him. “When the former athletic director left and an interim director was appointed, then-interim President Dr. Willis asked that the position report temporarily to student affairs. Last summer when the Board of Regents passed its new athletic policy, they made it clear that they wanted the position to report directly to the president once I had time to learn the operation. I feel comfortable now having that area report directly to me,” Fallon said.

            Additional administrative realignments include moving Human Resources and Physical Plant Operations from the President’s Office to the Division of Business and Finance. Fallon said that these changes are consistent with his charge from the Regents to evaluate institutional effectiveness and strengthen the leadership team. “We are in a continuous improvement mode,” he said. “We’re examining everything we do in an effort to move all our operations from being good, to great.”

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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