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Organizational review results in Academic Division changes

Implementation underway, appointments made as year two of initiative begins

Contact: Heather Smith


​After nearly a year since Central Michigan University's academic organizational review began, implementation is underway — and complete in some instances — for recommendations as part of Provost Michael Gealt's plan to reorganize the Academic Division.

The plan reduces the number of direct reports to the provost from 16 to 12 and establishes a Provost's Advisory Council, as outlined in changes approved by President Emeritus George E. Ross in July.

"The provost's plan to reorganize the Academic Division provides for an organizational structure that will facilitate the provost to more effectively lead and manage the largest and most complex division within the university," Ross stated in his memo.

Creating an Office of Academic Affairs

This summer, an Office of Academic Affairs was created to help improve consistency of support provided to students, faculty and staff; budgetary support; and program evaluation efficiency.

Gealt named Ian Davison interim senior vice provost for academic affairs to lead the unit and implement additional elements of his plan. Davison previously served as senior vice provost for the academic reorganization initiative.

Peter Vermiere, associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering, will assume additional responsibilities as special assistant to the provost for academic financial management. He is leading efforts to develop standards for financial management for all colleges and departments, as recommended by the academic organizational review committee.

As a result of Ian Davison's continued administrative duties within the academic division, Jane Davison will continue to serve as acting dean in the College of Science and Engineering.

The Honors Program and International Affairs, were moved to Academic Affairs, which also includes three consolidated or newly-created units:

  • Academic advising — The executive director of academic advising, Michelle Howard, will coordinate and supervise advising across the Academic Division to help balance the level of support given to students across the university. Howard previously reported to Enrollment and Student Services.
  • Community engagement — Concha Allen, associate professor of marketing and hospitality services administration, has been named interim director of community engagement. Allen will establish and maintain an Office of Community Engagement to guide implementation of the goals related to community engagement outlined in the 2017-2022 strategic plan, Advancing Excellence.
  • Curriculum and instructional support — Pete Ross, formerly vice provost for academic development, will serve as executive director of curriculum and instructional support. Under Ross' leadership, the new unit will lead curricular development, acting as the liaison with Academic Senate committees and working with departments to coordinate program review. Ross also will lead the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and provide oversight for Blackboard and e-learning.

Because of the creation of Academic Affairs, two units — academic effectiveness and academic development — were eliminated.

Kikano named vice president for health affairs

George Kikano, dean of the College of Medicine, will assume additional duties as CMU's vice president for health affairs.

In this role, Kikano will be responsible for coordinating all health-related clinical programs, including clinical clerkships and internships, health-related billing, and HIPAA compliance across CMU.

Nonclinical internships and academic health-related programs in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will remain the responsibility of the deans of these colleges.


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