Dear Campus Community:
I am writing to inform you that I will soon appoint an advisory committee to assist me with the selection of an Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. After deciding to extend the search for this position, I asked Vice Chancellor Vince Magnuson if he were interested in continuing to serve in his current position until a new Vice Chancellor was identified. Vince declined this opportunity, and I support his decision. He has agreed to remain as Vice Chancellor through July 31, 2011. This provides me additional time to identify an interim, and it helps ensure a smooth transition in the administrative reorganization of our vice chancellor units.
The Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will begin his or her duties on August 1, 2011 and will remain in this role until a new Executive Vice Chancellor is named. After I consult with the advisory committee, I will inform you of the next steps in choosing the Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
In addition, I would like to inform you that I am beginning a search for a Director of External Affairs. Lucy Kragness, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, will chair this search, and the search committee will be named soon. Last fall I announced that I was considering establishing this new position as a result of Vice Chancellor Greg Fox's retirement and the reorganization of the Office of University Relations. As I stated last fall, Bill Wade's title changes to Vice Chancellor for Advancement, and he will continue to oversee development, alumni relations, intercollegiate athletics and KUMD-FM Radio. The new Director of External Affairs will be responsible for media and public relations, community relations, government relations, marketing and communication, publications, and photography.
Best wishes for a wonderful summer!