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September 22, 2005
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU reorganizes dean of students office to improve visibility, access to services

LAWRENCE -- As part of a reorganization to make student services more visible and accessible, the University of Kansas will merge its dean of students office with the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success.

" The merger is a result of discussions, feedback from many constituents, including KU students, and a review of organizational structures at peer universities," said Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success. "Our No. 1 priority is to make student services and student advocacy as high-profile as possible. This reorganization will give students a clear path to service and support."

Student leaders voiced support for the reorganization.

" We're excited by the new model because it stresses student advocacy and services for students at the very top of the organization," said Marynell Jones, KU student body vice president.

Roney said that under the reorganization all "dean" titles in Student Success, such as the dean of students, will be retired. Nationally, "dean of students" as an operative title is disappearing. Among the public Big 12 universities, five no longer have a dean of students, opting instead for the model KU will adopt -- a collaborative team of associate vice provosts.

" The 'dean of students' title was a misnomer because it's impossible for one person to serve the more than 27,000 students on the Lawrence campus," said Nick Sterner, president of the KU student body. "Students said they were confused by what the title meant and why the dean of students and student success offices were separate."
With the merger, current senior-level administrators in the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, including Roney and Associate Vice Provosts Richard C. Morrell and Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle, will be joined by senior-level staff from the dean of students office: Ann Eversole, who will become assistant vice provost; and Jane Tuttle and Danny Kaiser, who will become assistants to the vice provost.

In addition, a national search will begin immediately to fill the associate vice provost position formerly held by Richard Johnson, who left the university in April.
A 16-member committee of students, faculty and staff will head the national search for an associate vice provost for student success. The expected start date for the position is June 1.

" We will be looking for someone with a record of progressive and innovative leadership in student services and someone who clearly understands what it means to be an advocate for students," said Roney.

Members of the search committee are Ann Brill, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, chair; Dan Bernstein, director, Center for Teaching Excellence; Catherine Bell, former student body vice president and second- year law student; Frank DeSalvo, interim dean of students and director of Counseling and Psychological Services; Jeannie Doering, senior administrative specialist, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success; Gina Gaye, sophomore; Rick Hale, associate professor, aeronautical engineering; Dorothy Knoll, dean, student services, KU Medical Center; Brenda Maigaard, director, Office of Student Financial Aid; Steve Munch, former student body president and senior; Robert Page, director, Office of Multicultural Affairs; Judy Pinegar, public service administrator I, Student Health Services; Raymond Redcorn, sophomore; Carleen Roberts, graduate student, social welfare; Mary Ryan, associate dean, KU Edwards Campus; and Lisa Wolf-Wendel, associate professor, teaching and leadership.

Eighteen departments, including more than 750 staff members and 1,300 student employees, report to the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success. They are Academic Achievement and Access Center, Academic Technology Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Department of Student Housing, Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center, Hilltop Child Development Center, KU Memorial Unions, KU Recreation Services, KU Writing Center, Legal Services for Students, New Student Orientation, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Financial Aid, Office of the University Registrar, Student Health Services, Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the University Career Center.

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