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Tennessee Tech Board approves university administration restructure and evaluation process for president


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The Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approved a restructuring of the university’s administration at its meeting today, along with procedures to evaluate the university’s president. The board also approved Tech’s new facilities priorities.

Published Thursday Aug 17, 2017

The Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approved a restructuring of the university’s administration at its meeting today, along with procedures to evaluate the university’s president. The board also approved Tech’s new facilities priorities.

Administrative Restructure

The board approved a reorganization proposal that grew from an organizational assessment conducted by Huron Consulting, an outside agency. The assessment identified possible opportunities to enhance the alignment of roles and responsibilities at the executive and vice president levels.

This restructure is expected to better position the university for execution of its current priorities, as well as the fulfillment of strategic goals.

The restructure is budget neutral.

The changes include the creation of a vice president who will oversee a division tasked with student success from recruitment to career placement. The offices that will report to this new vice president are:

  • Financial Aid
  • Registration & Records
  • Scholarships
  • Graduation/Academic Services
  • Recruitment
  • Military & Veterans Affairs
  • Student Success
  • Career Development (currently reports to Office of the Provost)
  • International Education (currently reports to Office of the Provost)
  • Orientation & New Student and Family Programs (currently reports to Student Affairs)

The university will conduct a nationwide search for this position.

The Chief Information Technology Officer position will no longer be a cabinet-level position. It will be reclassified as an executive director and report to the vice president of Planning and Finance.

Other changes include the creation of a Chief of Staff in the president’s office.

 

Evaluation of the President

The board adopted procedures to conduct an annual review of the president, led by the board’s Executive Committee with involvement of the full board. The board also discussed and approved President Oldham’s submitted goals for 2017-2018.

The board also approved the development of a contract for the president, which will be presented to the full board at the December meeting. 

 

University Facilities

The board approved the university’s capital projects and maintenance request. This request is given to the Tennessee Higher Education Committee, who then prepares a statewide priority list.

Tech’s request identifies the need for two new buildings: engineering and biology. Both structures address space needs for current and future growth in these programs.

Other Matters

In other matters, the board:

  • Heard presentation of information about adult learner issues
  • Heard presentation about how the university conducts faculty and staff evaluations
  • Reviewed and approved various board and university policies

Materials from today’s meeting and the webcast of the full board meeting are available at the board’s website, www.tntech.edu/board.

The board’s next meeting is Dec. 11, 2017.

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