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UF budget shakeup



UF's provost and senior VP for health affairs are stepping down this summer, as budget woes prompt UF President Bernie Machen to restructure financial administration at the state's flagship, effectively changing the duties and scope of the two positions.

The provost's and controller's offices will now report to CFO Matt Fajack for budget issues; Fajack will also oversee financial management for the Health Science Center and IFAS.

"The new structure will place all financial information in one office so we can track costs, make better strategic decisions and identify efficiencies in this difficult budget period.  The CFO can be especially
helpful as we become more entrepreneurial and identify new revenue sources," Machen said in a news release this morning.

The next provost will be the chief academic officer and retain academic leadership responsibilities, and Machen stresses that money allocations for the affected colleges and centers will remain on the academic side. Nonetheless, the provost's duties are effectively changing.

Provost Janie Fouke and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs Doug Barrett announced they'll step down June 30. Fouke will spend the following year reviewing UF's international programs. Barrett will return to clinical practice and teaching in the College of Medicine.

Search committees to fill the positions will be formed immediately, and interim appointments will be made soon,  Machen said.

Here's the note Fouke sent to her staff and deans this morning:

As you may have heard by now, I will be stepping down as provost this summer to work for President Machen on some special international projects and initiatives.  You may also have heard of some other changes in administration that may directly affect you.

There is much that is unknown at this point.  The president will be naming an interim provost soon, and there will be more information available as the days pass.  I will do my very best to keep you informed.  I’d like to emphasize that while there are most definitely changes on the horizon, we must all work diligently to ensure the smoothest transition possible.  These next few months are critical to the future of this university.

I appreciate all that you have done for this office and the university in my past few years here.  We have a lot of work to do in the coming months, so now, more than ever, I am glad to have you as my colleagues.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:37am]


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