Organizational restructures

To set the stage for further planning, senior leadership roles and responsibilities in the university's vice-presidential portfolios have changed to support continued restructuring of services and functions in alignment with the new operating model. This has resulted in an increase in functions and responsibilities for VPs and AVPs in central units.

The portfolios will have a clearer, expanded, and more consolidated set of responsibilities and functions, with a tighter focus on their areas of expertise; this will allow faculties to focus on their core mission of research and teaching. A number of difficult decisions have been made, with some units and activities being moved, consolidated, or redistributed within and across the portfolios.

This new structure reduces the number of direct reports to most senior leaders and streamlines to six to eight per senior leader. This results in a 33% reduction in the number of direct reports to the VPs, excluding deans.

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Executive team restructuring

Administrative restructuring includes leadership positions in the President's Office. In the past couple of years, changes to the executive team include reducing the number of vice-presidents through the merger of University Relations and Advancement, and reducing the number of presidential direct reports through the merger of General Counsel and University Secretary into one role. As a result of these changes, the executive team has decreased in size by 22%, with a savings of 25%. These changes have resulted in reducing salary expenditures in the executive team by over $900,000 a year.

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VP University Services and Finance

The University Services and Finance portfolio houses many of the university's administrative departments, including:

  • Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment (HRHSE)
  • Finance, Procurement and Planning (FPP)
  • Information Services and Technology (IST)
  • Shared Services
  • Performance, Analytics and Institutional Research (PAIR)
  • Internal Audit and Risk Management

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VP External Relations

The External Relations portfolio ensures alignment and coordination and support a single U of A approach in and across the following service areas:

  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Alumni Relations
  • Government and Community Relations (GCR)

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