(June 2, 2010)--A strategic realignment of University of Texas System administration offices and personnel to better position the system to support long-term goals and to serve its mission to deliver excellence in education to the citizens of Texas was announced June 2 by UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. The action is aimed at allocating resources to mission-critical services and innovations in support of the nine academic and six health institutions while also identifying additional cost-containment measures and efficiencies.
"While I believe the UT System offers extraordinary value and service, it is always important to look to the future and challenge ourselves to engage in continuous-improvement opportunities," said Cigarroa. "In my vision statement presented to the Board of Regents last August, I stated we must embody a spirit of creative renewal and continual improvement to maximize excellence and productivity in our mission. And, coupled with the current economic climate, the UT System and UT institutions must implement efficiencies, wean programs which have successfully fulfilled their purpose and look to the future. This strategic reorganization plan accomplishes these goals."
The reorganization plan will result in a reduction in force of 19 full-time positions and includes the elimination of some executive offices and positions, the consolidation of others and a reallocation of resources into strategic areas. As units are consolidated across the UT System, additional efficiencies will be achieved.
"While a reduction in force is always difficult, I believe it is incumbent on the UT System to continually maximize our organizational effectiveness aimed at benefitting the students of Texas entrusted to us," Cigarroa said. "We must lead in accountability, transparency and stewardship of our resources such that we can assure that we remain a vibrant institution of the first class."
This reduction in force is in addition to the recent transfer of the Institute for Public School Initiatives to the College of Education at UT Austin and the recent announcement of the system reorganization of its distance education and online learning office, which results in a total reduction of 119 full-time equivalent positions of the UT System administration.
The realignment of personnel and offices is effective Sept. 1 and is anticipated to generate $2.2 million in recurrent cost savings. (Download a summary of the reduction in force.)
As part of the strategic realignment, the UT System will further emphasize the UT institutions' efforts to commercialize new discoveries and inventions.
"This reallocation of resources will place a special emphasis on commercialization," Cigarroa said. "The UT System will be in a better position to provide stronger 'value-added' assistance to the academic and health institutions and will further enhance the State of Texas' position as a national leader in conducting groundbreaking research and transferring discoveries to the marketplace," Cigarroa added.
The reorganization plan for the UT System Administration builds on endeavors by the UT System and its 15 institutions that have been actively cutting costs for several years with ongoing initiatives such as sharing business and information technology operations, refinancing bond debt, and leveraging purchasing strength for medical equipment and supplies that has already saved $210 million in the past six years. And, the UT System and the 15 institutions announced in February plans to address an estimated $175.3 million in cuts as part of the state's mandate to reduce state appropriations for the current biennium by 5 percent.
Serving the educational and health care needs of Texans for more than 125 years, the University of Texas System is one of the nation's largest higher education systems with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.9 billion (FY 2010) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources.
Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 202,000 in the 2009 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with a leaning towards dark comedy. Dr. William McCrary directs. $15 tickets $10 students military seniors 55+ with IDs $8 groups of ten or more in any price level. There will be a second show Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
UTSA faculty, staff and students are members of the Helotes Area Community Band and are proud to present a special Tapestry of Concert Band Classics. The event is free and open to the community.
John Marshall High School Auditorium, 8000 Lobo Lane, San Antonio
A record number of candidates are running for the San Antonio City Council's District 5 seat. Come hear what they have to say. Event hosted by the UTSA College of Public Policy and League of Women Voters, in partnership with PASO and Alpha Phi Sigma.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The former EPA Chief Statistician and current ASA president, Dr. Barry Nussbaum will talk about how statistics can make a big difference in influencing decisions and actions. Example include the court cases and material presented to the US president.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies Program invites everyone to hear guest speaker Dr. Elaine Richardson, professor of literacy studies at The Ohio State University.
Durango Building, Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
Join the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition for a free lecture on molecular maps for physical activity presented by Dr. Blake Rasmussen, professor from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Medical Branch.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
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