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University announces committees for Academic Organizational Review


Central Michigan University has named members who will serve on three committees that will work on the university's Academic Organizational Review.

The committees, which will oversee the progress of the academic and administrative reorganization initiative were announced Oct. 11 on CMU News.

The reorganization initiative was added to the updated academic strategic plan, "Advancing Excellence," in August. The initiative will review and restructure CMU's administrative and academic structure. The review portion is intended to be complete by January. 

According to the Academic Organization Review's website, the three committees are tasked with the following:

Committee I, the academic structure committee, will review the organization of departments and academic colleges. 

Committee II, the academic support committee, will oversee the academic division beyond colleges and look at units and teams which directly affect students' experience of education.

Committee III, the responsibility centered management committee will look at the responsibility management budget model used in academic colleges. 

A representative from each academic college belongs to Committee I, as well as two from the Academic Senate and one from the Student Government Association. The rest were appointed by CMU President George Ross, Provost Michael Gealt and Ian Davison, senior vice provost for academic reorganization initiative.

The committees, according to CMU News, are as follows: 

Committee I — Academic structure 

  • Melinda Kreth, ex officio, chair, English language and literature
  • Robert Roe, ex officio, executive director, institutional research
  • Ann Dasen, faculty, communication and dramatic arts
  • Timothy Hartshorne, faculty, psychology
  • Shellie Haut-Root, executive director, licensure, regulatory services and human capital
  • Angelica Gomez, deputy chief information officer
  • Michael Mamp, faculty, human environmental studies and director, fashion merchandising and design
  • Lori Olsen, chair, School of Accounting
  • Anna Owens, president, Student Government Association
  • Robert Petersen, chair of foundational sciences, College of Medicine
  • Deborah Silkwood-Sherer, director, physical therapy program
  • Andrew Spencer, interim associate dean, College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • Kumar Yelamarthi, faculty, School of Engineering and Technology

Committee II — Academic support

  • Robert Roe, ex officio, executive director, institutional research
  • Concha Allen, associate administrative fellow and faculty, marketing and hospitality services administration
  • Brett Blythe, academic advisor, College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • Elizabeth Kirby, senior associate dean, College of Education and Human Services
  • Vincent Mumford, administrative fellow and faculty, physical education and sport
  • Yannick Marchalant, faculty, psychology
  • Tina Thompson, senior associate dean for academic affairs, College of Medicine
  • Dave Patton, acting associate dean, College of Science and Engineering
  • Marcie Otteman, executive director, alumni relations and development strategies
  • Jody Hassen, executive director, off campus student services
  • Timothy Peters, director, library research and instruction services
  • Ben Andera, executive director, academic and research computing
  • Traci Guinn, interim associate vice president, Institutional Diversity

Committee III —Responsibility Centered Management

  • David Whale, faculty, educational leadership
  • Marcy Taylor, interim associate dean, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Pete Vermeire, associate dean, College of Science and Engineering
  • Joe Garrison, director, financial planning and budgets
  • Ray Christie, senior vice provost, academic administration


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