by Rebecca Arrington
reaffirms goal of first-rate teaching
& Sciences Dean Edward L. Ayers said he plans to make the
school as strong and active as possible, in spite of state budget
constraints. Our primary goal is to take care of our central
mission and that is the teaching mission above all
else. We must protect what we have, our faculty and our students,
while at the same time keep moving forward.
said he believes that the College is positioned to do great things
in hard times. His presentation, which opened with the words,
a place unique in the world to describe the College,
focused on its needs and aspirations.
pointed to two building projects the Arts Grounds and the
South Lawn Project as initiatives that were keeping both
Sciences faculty and alumni enthusiastic in the face of fiscal
recently hired an academic consulting firm to help in what he
called the detailed process of space planning that would
begin to give us a clear sense of ourselves. He will use
the benchmarking report to lay the groundwork for long-term planning
all the while keeping focused on one fact: We are
a first-rate intimate undergraduate experience with all the advantages
of a large research university, Ayers said. And we
never want to lose sight of that.
in College management structure
also announced a reorganization of the College deans office
in an effort to be as efficient and responsive as possible.
said he has asked three of our most respected faculty members
to step into major new roles, beginning in late June. All
have served as chairs of their respective departments.
George Hornberger, the Ernest H. Ern Professor of Environmental
Sciences, will become the associate dean for the sciences.
Ryan of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and
currently associate dean for personnel in the College, will become
associate dean for the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Peter Brunjes, Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, will become
the associate dean for graduate programs and research.
and Hornberger will have principal responsibility for day-to-day
resource allocation and management among their respective departments.
They will serve as the first points of contact for chairs, unit
heads and faculty with questions regarding resources and faculty
will have responsibility for management of all Graduate School
operations and graduate support budgets. He also will be responsible
for managing and promoting sponsored research and will oversee
the Arts & Sciences Research Administration Office.