Administrative reorganization improves operations, reduces costs

Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel today unveiled a new administrative organization that will allow the university to operate more efficiently and effectively on behalf of students and the community and will reduce top managerial costs by nearly $1 million.

The YSU Board of Trustees’ University Affairs Committee approved the reorganization today. Trustees vote on final approval at their regular quarterly meeting June 17.

“It is vital for any institution, especially one the size and complexity of a university, to have in place an administrative framework that provides the opportunity for the university to reach its full potential,” said Tressel, who became YSU’s ninth president on July 1, 2014. “We believe that this reorganization does just that, and will result in improvements across all segments of the university, as well as significant savings.”

Under the reorganization plan, which has been in the works for several months, the university will consist of four major administrative units: the Office of the President, the Division of Academic Affairs, the Division of Finance and Business Operations and the Division of Legal Affairs and Human Resources.

  • President Tressel’s office will oversee the divisions of Enrollment Planning and Management, led by Associate Vice President Gary Swegan; Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs, led by Executive Director Sylvia J. Imler; Student Experience, led by Associate Vice President Eddie J. Howard Jr.; and University Relations, led by Associate Vice President Shannon Tirone.
  • Martin Abraham, provost and vice president, will lead the Division of Academic Affairs, which consists of the eight colleges, including the new Honors College, and all other academic-related units. Academic Affairs also includes the new Division of Student Success, led by Associate Vice President Michael Reagle, whose appointment was approved by the board committee today. The board committee also approved the appointments of Sal Sanders as the new dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Mike Hripko as the new associate vice president for Research, both in the Division of Academic Affairs.
  • The Division of Finance and Business Operations, which includes budget planning, treasury operations, bursar’s office, controller’s office, facilities, maintenance, support services, bookstore operations and information technology services, will be led by Neal McNally, vice president.
  • The Division of Legal Affairs and Human Resources, which includes the general counsel’s office, human resources and intercollegiate athletics, will be led by Holly Jacobs, vice president and general counsel.

Among the administrative positions eliminated under the reorganization are two vice presidents and four executive directors. Net savings in administrative salary and benefits will be $939,582.

Tressel said the university’s leadership team has also identified four major areas of focus: creating a culture of community on campus, ensuring the success of all students, developing programs and activities that impact the region, and promoting a campus environment that provides for the discovery of knowledge.

“We look forward to putting into place the final pieces of this leadership structure that we believe will allow the university to continue to flourish in the months and years ahead,” Tressel said.

The president also said that the new plan will result in a handful of relocations on campus, most of which will take place over the summer months:

  • The Office of Career Services is moving from Jones Hall to Kilcawley Center.
  • The Division of Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs, as well as the Office of Student Diversity and Programs, will move to Jones Hall.
  • The new Division of Student Experience will be in Kilcawley Center.
  • The new Division of Student Success will be in Jones Hall.
  • The Division of Enrollment Planning and Management will move from the first floor of Tod Hall to the second floor.
  • The Office of Research will be located on the third floor of Tod Hall.
  • The Office of Marketing and Communications, as part of an effort to improve the university’s website and layout design capabilities, will expand into the north end of the first floor of Tod Hall. Earlier this year, Alumni Engagement and University Events moved to the first floor of Tod Hall.