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December 26, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Progress made this reporting period:

  • Nick Stevens accepted the position of Project Director for KU’s Shared Service Centers. Nick will serve as the Project Director for KU’s SSCs, completing the implementation over the next three years. Nick will work closely with the units to be served by the SSCs to ensure that each SSC meets the needs of the faculty and staff it serves.
  • Nick will transition from his role as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies during the month of December, assuming his position as Project Director full time on January 7. Nick’s initial role will focus on working with the implementation team to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for the departments and centers of the Liberal Arts and Sciences SSC.
  • The College has identified a Leadership Team, focused initially on the CLAS staffing of the Wave 1 areas. The team includes:
    • Danny Anderson, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Stuart Day, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Jolene Fairchild, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Budget Officer
    • Holly Storkel, Professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing, Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Lynn George, Recruitment Coordinator, HR
    • Bob Goldstein, Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences & Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Kathy Pryor, Managing Director and Budget Officer Theatre Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Erin Spiridigliozzi, Assistant Dean for Faculty and Staff Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Karla Williams, Director, Liberal Arts and Sciences SSC
  • Jolene Fairchild and Karla Williams held an information session for the staff in the Wave 1 departments in the College. Staff completed a brief survey on the type of work that they prefer in the future.
  • Karla Williams, LAS-SSC Director, is setting up meetings with Chairs and Directors to start to build relationships with the departments that she and her team will be working for.
  • The SSC Steering Committee met to discuss training for SSC staff, their departmental counterparts and the faculty and staff they work with. The Committee also reviewed the outline of the Service Level Commitment, providing input on the areas to be covered.
  • A sub-group of the Steering Committee has met to refine the activity list for the SSCs. This group is also working on the job descriptions for the SSC staff.
  • Questions about the Shared Service Centers may be submitted through the CFE website, or emailed directly to Changing for Excellence.

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