University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced Tuesday the launch of a systemwide Comprehensive Administrative Review, an initiative focused on improving administration by creating efficiencies, streamlining processes and finding ways to be more effective with USG resources.
Tau Kadhi, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albany State University, has been named to the 16-member panel.
“We’re going to look at what we can do to become more efficient from an administrative perspective,” Kadhi said Tuesday after the panel was announced. “It’s easy when you review faculties and students because then you can just look at the numbers. What we plan on doing is looking at what it takes to run an effective administration and ask what do we have in place now and does it do what we want it to do to maximize taxpayer dollars?”
The USG chancellor said it is time for the system to take a look in the mirror.
“The landscape of higher education has changed dramatically over the past decade,” Wrigley said. “Higher education has undergone fundamental changes in who enrolls and why, how instruction is delivered, and how it is paid for. We must ask ourselves: Are we positioned to meet the challenges of today, and are we preparing for those of tomorrow?
“The time is right for the University System to look in the mirror. A comprehensive examination of how the system and the institutions are administered in light of the new realities in higher education will help ensure we are fulfilling our mission today and tomorrow.”
The systemwide initiative will be led by a specially-appointed committee comprising representatives from USG institutions who will take an in-depth look at all non-faculty administrative functions across the university system. Core faculty activities, such as teaching and research, will be exempt from the review.
“I believe our institutions work hard to use resources wisely, but we can always do better. That is what I am challenging us to do,” said Wrigley. “Ultimately, we need to offer academic excellence, but we must be efficient, too.”
The chair of the Comprehensive Administrative Review Committee is Kyle Marrero, president of the University of West Georgia. The initiative will be conducted in phases, starting fall 2017. The university system office will be the first organization to undergo the review, along with four to six institutions, which will be announced later this year. The second phase will begin in the fall of 2018 and include the remaining institutions.
The members of the Comprehensive Administrative Review committee are:
Chairman Kyle Marrero, president, University of West Georgia
Trip Addison, vice president for external affairs, Georgia Southern University
Christopher Blake, president, Middle Georgia State University
Victoria Brock, student government president, Kennesaw State University
Kelli Brown, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Georgia College & State University
Jeff Davis, vice president of finance and administration, Georgia Highlands College
Jimmy Harper, chief information officer, South Georgia State College
Tau Kadhi, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Albany State University
Brooks A. Keel, president, Augusta University
Heidi Benford, administrative assistant, Clayton State University, USG Staff Council
Chris Markwood, president, Columbus State University
Kelly McFaden, associate professor, University of North Georgia, USG Faculty Council
Kim Harrington, associate vice president and chief human resources officer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Juan Jarrett, associate vice president for human resources, University of Georgia
Jerry Rackliffe, senior vice president for finance and administration, Georgia State University
Theresa Wright, director, survey research and evaluation, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia