University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced a few changes to the organization of some administrative offices Wednesday. In a press release, Wolfe said he will consolidate the roles of Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, which has been vacant for several years, and the Vice President of Economic Development.
UM System spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead says the new person in this position will work with chief academic, research and economic development officers on all of the system campuses.
“(This) allows the University system to really be much more nimble and much more condusive to working even better with the campuses and their organizational structures,” Hollingshead said.
Hollingshead says this move won’t actually decrease staff, because the current vice President of Economic Development will likely report to the new ‘Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.’
Wolfe also announced the system’s Government Relations and Strategic Communications departments will be merged into a new ‘University Relations department.’
Hollingshead says the main goal of these moves was to increase efficiency, rather than “hard dollar” cost savings, with no plans for position eliminations.
Wolfe announced Wednesday that Vice President of Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz will be retiring in June.