D4: Conduct an audit to determine the effectiveness of the current administrative structure

In the next year, the University will conduct a thorough administrative audit to determine if the current administrative structure best satisfies current and anticipated needs. The findings of the audit will enable Trinity to: (1) consider consolidating existing offices beneath new titles; (2) explore budgetary and staff reallocation to maximize effectiveness; and (3) address future and unmet needs. We will also consider the role of disciplinary groups in advising the VPFSA on matters such as evaluation of faculty, budget preparations, and the allocation of faculty lines and other resources. Trinity should engage in regular and transparent administrative audits to ensure that leadership structures are attuned to the changing needs of the University.


During the fall 2013 semester, a faculty task force initiated a series of conversations and interviews with members of the Trinity community and Steve Lewis, former president of Carleton College, about the strengths and deficiencies of the current academic administrative structure. The task force’s recommendations stemmed from perspectives of faculty colleagues, task force members, and members of the administration. The task force concluded that there was a high degree of consensus related to the positive and negative aspects of the current academic administrative structure. President Anderson is currently considering these recommendations in establishing the appropriate administrative structure for the entire University. Trinity will host an external review team in October 2016 to assist him in this effort.

In Fall 2016, President Danny Anderson organized a formal Administrative Audit in the form of an external review.  Dr. Kenneth Ruscio, President of Washington and Lee University, and Dr. Stephanie Fabritius, Provost of Centre College, conducted the review.  They examined organizational charts, reviewed position descriptions, and conducted individual interviews with all of President Anderson's Executive Staff and the Associate Vice Presidents reporting to the members of the Executive Staff, as well as group interviews with faculty and staff leaders.  In total, they received information from thirty-eight individuals.  The site visit occurred Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14, 2016.

On November 17, 2016, President Anderson received a confidential personnel assessment, recommending a series of key changes to the portfolios of certain Vice Presidents as well as the creation of new positions. An Executive Summary of the review was prepared and shared with the campus in August 2017, along with a presidential communication framing the major changes that have occurred.  The following table identifies the key positions existing in Fall 2015 and the new positions established by Fall 2017.

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Fall 2015

Fall 2017

  • Vice President for Faculty and Student Affairs
    • Office of Admissions
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs
    • Coates Library
  • Vice President for Student Life
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management
    • Office of Admissions
    • Office of Student Financial Services
  • Vice President for Information Resources, Marketing, and Communications
    • Coates Library
    • Institutional Research
  • Vice President for Strategic Communication and Marketing
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Vice President for Finance and Administration
    • Office of Student Financial Services
  • Vice President for Finance and Administration
    • Director of Investments (new position)
  • Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development
  • Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development

 

  • Institutional Research (reporting to the president)
  • General Counsel (reporting to the president)