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UVI WILL RESTRUCTURE ADMINISTRATION

Following the example of other multi-campus educational institutions, the University of the Virgin Islands is planning to restructure its administration.
Under the new system, each campus will have its own chancellor, who will report to the provost of the university. The chancellors will be responsible for campus-related matters while the administration focuses on university-wide issues.
"The final phase of the strategic plan meets several goals," UVI President Orville Kean said Friday in a release. "Most importantly, it will result in a stronger, better organized, more efficient university with the proper autonomy between campuses to deal with campus-wide matters. It will cost no more than the current organizational structure."
The new system will have four vice presidents instead of the current five. The duties of the vice president for academic affairs and the vice president of research and public service will be combined under a senior vice president/provost position.
The Board of Trustees will continue to be the top authority at the university, with the president directly under it. The four vice-presidents will report to the president, with the chancellors under the provost.
The reorganization proposal, part of UVI's 1995-1999 Strategic Plan, was presented to and accepted by UVI's Board of Trustees on June 12 and will go for final approval this month. The new structure may take effect as soon as October.
The consultant in the reorganization plan was Dr. Howard Simmons, who for 20 years was the executive director of the UVI's accrediting body, the Commission on Higher Education, with input from administrators, faculty and other members of the UVI staff.

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