University of Utah President J. Bernard Machen resisted the urge to install a provost in his new Cabinet - a position he held at the University of Michigan before he came West.
But his Cabinet includes two senior vice presidents, five vice presidents and two special assistants to the president. Machen, who has served as U. president for two months, outlined the changes last week before the U. Academic Senate."I decided to leave the provost model back East," he told faculty members.
New to the administrative structure are senior vice presidencies in academic affairs and health sciences. Each job could require a nationwide search, he said. Salaries are not expected to change in the shifts, although Machen has not determined what salaries will be offered to the new senior vice presidents.
Earlier, Jerilyn McIntyre announced she will step down as vice president of academic affairs. McIntyre had also served two stints as interim president.
Machen said the new senior vice president of academic affairs also would be responsible for budget planning, student admissions and academic planning.
"The priority will be to identify candidates who are or have been affiliated with the University of Utah. However, if it's necessary, a national search will be conducted," Machen said.
The positions of vice president for health sciences and dean of the school of medicine will be combined. Dr. John Matsen, now health sciences vice president, has agreed to serve for a limited time in the job.
The senior vice president will have expanded duties in the health sciences arena. A nationwide search for candidates will be conducted this spring, Machen said.
During the transition, Linda Amos will serve as associate vice president for health sciences and continue her duties as dean of the school of nursing.
Machen has eliminated the position of vice president of budget and planning, a position now held by U. veteran administrator Tony Morgan. Morgan is on academic leave and out of the country. Planning and budget functions will be performed among remaining administrative offices, Machen said.
Morgan and U. Athletic Director Chris Hill will serve as special assistants to Machen. Under this scenario, athletics will report directly to the president as is the practice in Big 10 schools, Machen said. Previously, Hill reported to Vice President of University Relations Ted Capener.
Four vice presidents will continue in their duties: Capener; Richard Koehn, research; Thomas Nycum, administrative services; and Mike Mattsson, development. Koehn's office has been charged to "expand the scope of its activities to include campus-wide development, support and oversight of research and scholarship."
U. General Counsel John Morris remains the university's lead in-house attorney.
Richard Weigel will serve as interim vice president for student affairs. Once the academic affairs senior vice presidency is filled, Machen will again review the position, he said.
Although unrelated to the changes announced Monday, the U. also is conducting a national search for a successor to College of Law Dean Lee Teitelbaum. Considered a national expert in family law, Teitelbaum has decided to return full time to the faculty.