announces administrative changes
part of the University's ongoing long-range planning program,
U.Va. President John
T. Casteen III announced Nov. 19 that responsibilities of
two vice presidents will change and a new unit for institutional
planning and assessment will be created.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Leonard
W. Sandridge has become executive vice president and chief
operating officer. He remains chief financial officer. Sandridge's
expanded activities will include financial and managerial oversight
of the Health System's
clinical enterprises, including the University Hospital. Two senior
officers will be added to Sandridge's immediate staff over the
next six months to handle financial and administrative duties,
has broad responsibility for finances and general management in
all units of the University," Casteen said, "but he
has not previously been involved in management oversight of the
clinical enterprise, which is a major part of the University's
activity. Adding analytical staff and other support gives him
the capacity to improve both financial and general management."
lines of accountability within the Health System for day-to-day
operations are unchanged in this new alignment. Responsibility
for academic medicine and research remains with Vice President
and Provost Dr. Robert W. Cantrell, who reports to Casteen. Dr.
Thomas A. Massaro, chief of staff, will continue to report to
Cantrell. William "Nick" E. Carter Jr., senior associate
vice president for operations in the Health System, will report
to Sandridge, while also continuing to work closely with Cantrell.
want to prevent problems that have occurred elsewhere in increasingly
complex and expensive teaching hospitals. Ours is financially
stable and clinically successful, but the larger economy of academic
medicine is changing around us. Leonard's expanded job is to make
us as effective and efficient as we can be, and in the process
to provide the best possible support for the people who count
on us -- for patients and their families, for physicians and staff,
for the people of Virginia," Casteen said.
a step toward freeing Sandridge of duties not related to oversight
of financial and administrative support, University Relations,
which oversees media relations, publications, community relations,
video production and web master functions, will become part of
an expanded external relations operation headed by Vice President
for Development Robert D. Sweeney, effective Jan. 1.
Kelsh, executive assistant and chief of staff to Casteen, will
organize a new central planning and assessment unit in the president's
office. During a transition period, she will turn over chief of
staff duties to other staff members. The new unit will coordinate
planning throughout the University and will support initiatives
that involve more than one unit's budget. Its primary responsibilities
will be institutional, as opposed to unit-specific, undertakings.
approach lets us develop planning and assessment capacity equal
to the new demands we will face in the next five years as we implement
ambitious academic improvements within constrained resources,"
Casteen said. "All of these reassignments are steps toward
a more effective system of managing resources and planning change."