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UC Riverside to Streamline Administration

UC Riverside to Streamline Administration

Savings will add up to $500,000 each year

(May 18, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White has eliminated the campus’ vice chancellor for administration office to save half a million dollars annually.

The office is being vacated by Al Diaz who is moving to Purdue University as of July 1. His functions were distributed, effective Monday, primarily to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval and to Gretchen Bolar, who has the new title of vice chancellor for finance and business operations.

Intercollegiate athletics will report under the new structure directly to the chancellor as will the campus governmental relations unit.

The change eliminates five full-time positions and one part-time one. Two of those are, or will be, vacant and efforts are underway to place the remaining affected employees in open jobs elsewhere on campus.

White explained that he had been contemplating structural changes, but that Diaz’s departure gave him “a timely opportunity to redesign the administrative structure to increase administrative effectiveness and, at the same time, generate much-needed budgetary savings.

“Now, all student-related services are under one senior leader, and all other business operations and campus services are brought together under another. I wanted Athletics to report to me to signify its importance to the campus and community.”

Sandoval adds dining services, housing, the campus store and the child development center to his portfolio of student administrative services, enrollment management, dean of students and recreation.

Bolar assumes responsibility for facilities, facilities operations, design and construction, transportation and parking services, financial services, human resources, police, environmental health and safety, materiel management and printing and mail services. She retains oversight of resource management and analysis, capital and physical planning and real estate.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein adds strategic academic research and analysis, audit and advisory services and the ombudsperson to his responsibility for vice provosts, deans, library, campus information services and the Palm Desert Graduate Center.

The $500,000 savings are net of pay raises which are being negotiated with the UC Office of the President.

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