Presidential Report on Leadership and Structure
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The following is a report from Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert to the IU Board of Trustees. Journalists who have questions about the report should contact Larry MacIntyre, IU Media Relations, 812-856-9035, or Vice President for University Relations Mike Sample, at 812-855-0850. President Herbert will not be available today, Friday, Jan. 13, for questions, but will be available to reporters after the 3 p.m. IU Board of Trustees special meeting in Bloomington tomorrow, Jan. 14.
Preparing Indiana University for Future Distinction
Bloomington Campus Leadership Structure
The most significant problem that seems to impact perceptions and the capacity of IU presidents to exercise leadership relates to the role of the president on the Bloomington campus. I am strongly convinced that the existence of a Chancellor on the Bloomington campus is not consistent with either Board or faculty expectations of the president of the university. Simply stated, the capacity of the president to exercise campus leadership and to engage in the level of campus communication that the faculty desires is limited given the respective duties of both positions as currently defined.
Consistent with the practices of many research institutions and with the desires expressed by the faculty for an academic officer whose focus is on the campus only, I urge the Board to restructure the leadership of the Bloomington campus by: eliminating the position of Chancellor, establishing the President as the clear leader of the campus and creating the new position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bloomington that will serve as the chief academic officer of the Bloomington campus. A proposed position description for this new position is attached. The position of Provost will assure that the Bloomington campus has a full-time academic officer who, under the leadership of the President, will have priority responsibility for enhancing academic quality and standing of the campus.
Other University Leadership Structure and Organization Practices
The proposed Bloomington leadership changes require other structural changes at the university level to assure better alignment with institutional needs and priorities. Specifically, I would urge the Board to take the following actions.
Academic Enhancement and Organizational Culture
There are several current cultural conditions within the university that make very difficult the achievement of the university's potential. Although they may be sensitive matters, the failure to address them in some fashion will maintain an unstable organizational environment that will continue to delimit institutional advancement and hamper the effective exercise of presidential leadership.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bloomington
Reporting directly to the President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bloomington is the chief academic officer of the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. The position has direct responsibility for IUB academic and professional school education and several non-academic operations and for graduate education throughout the university. The Provost has final responsibility for recommending decisions to the President related to: IUB campus tenure and promotion; and the appointment of campus deans and directors. The Provost supervises and conducts regular reviews of their performance; and administers budget allocations to academic and non-degree granting units of the campus. He/she is responsible for many service units including extensive auxiliary operations, and SES, and is expected to maintain a close working relationship with campus deans, faculty, students, staff members, and their respective organizations. Along with the Executive Vice President of the University, acts as liaison to the Board of Trustees on academic matters. By interacting with members of the surrounding community as well as with local and state officials, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bloomington helps the President to embed the institution into the life of the Bloomington community and the state.
Executive Vice President and Chancellor, IUPUI
Reporting directly to the President, the Executive Vice President assists the president in addressing the full range of university-level policy and administrative issues and has university-wide responsibility for providing coordination and consultative services to campus chancellors and academic vice chancellors. The Executive Vice president is also responsible for: monitoring the conduct of all undergraduate academic programs, program reviews, reviewing proposed new undergraduate academic programs and organizational units, accreditation reviews, and for acting as liaison to the Board of Trustees and the Higher Education Commission on academic matters. He/she reviews promotion and tenure dossiers from all campuses except IUB and makes recommendations about them to the President. The Executive Vice President also represents the university in a wide range of state and local professional, political and community settings. The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer for IUPUI and is charged with academic leadership and general supervision of the Indianapolis-based operational functions that provide support services. By interacting with members of the surrounding community as well as with local and state officials, the Executive Vice President and Chancellor, IUPUI helps the President to embed the institution into the life of the Indianapolis community and the state.