Sent July 25, 2013
I am writing to share with you a new organizational structure in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs which also involves reassignments of some functions to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
To streamline the operation of the Provost’s Office, consolidate academic affairs programs, enhance our research support services and provide the critical infrastructure for university academic planning, budget and evaluation, a number of changes will be made effective August 1, 2013. Below are the key organizational changes that serve to realign administrative responsibilities within the Provost’s area and position us all to achieve greater academic and institutional success.
The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs will expand its role through the consolidation of additional educational program offerings under one functional area and through the following initiatives:
Office of Strategic Initiatives
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is in the process of being reorganized to create several new functional areas including a new Office of Research Advancement and Strategic Initiatives. This office will be the new home for the Strategic Initiatives effort and will oversee programs and initiatives that stimulate the expansion of research funding and scholarship. The portfolio of the current Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives will become part of the portfolio of the Associate Vice President for Research Advancement and Strategic Initiatives and will expand to include review of the effectiveness of existing and new mechanisms for research advancement. These mechanisms include those undertaken by university level research centers/institutes.
Research Institute on Addictions
The Research Institute on Addictions will report through the VPRED. This will be consistent with the requirement that all multi-decanal university centers and institutes report through the VPRED structure. This is part of a larger effort to integrate RIA as a UB research institute.
Center for Computational Research
The Center for Computational Research (CCR) will report to the VPRED as part of a new Office of Research Support Services and Infrastructure.
Equity and Inclusion
A new Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion will be responsible for leading, planning and coordinating the university’s efforts to establish best practices required to build a culture of equity and inclusion across the university. Following several years of review and analysis of data, policies and practices related to faculty success, the university will reaffirm the inextricable link between excellence, equity and inclusion through the creation of this position. The search to fill this position will commence this summer.
Offices of Capital Planning and Resource Planning
To support the development of a robust, University-wide integrated financial and capital planning development process under the leadership of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Office of Capital Planning and staff associated with the Office of Resource Planning will be transferred from Academic Planning and Budget (Office of the Provost) to the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Academic Planning, Budget and Evaluation
In this new organizational structure, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Budget and Evaluation continues to provide direct support to the provost in all aspects of academic planning. In this capacity, the Vice Provost works closely with the provost, deans and other vice provosts in the development and execution of strategies to accomplish institutional priorities, academic hiring plans, budgets, revenue goals, and space needs. The Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Budget and Evaluation oversees institutional analysis and the assessment of academic unit progress toward achieving institutional and revenue goals. To that end, the following areas have been added to the portfolio of the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Budget and Evaluation:
I am confident that these modifications will strengthen our organization and allow UB to achieve the next level of prominence.
Charles F. Zukoski
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs