Update from Executive Dean for Administration - May 2015

A couple reminders and updates....

With the departure of Tim Doyle as Chief Financial Officer, Chip Auscavitch, who will officially join SEAS on May 4 as Director of Budget and Financial Planning, Tim Fater, Director of Accounting and Financial Operations, and Don Claflin, Facilities Manager, are reporting directly to me.

Kathryn Link Associates has started a review of our Research Administrative operations. Their analysis will inform our organizational structure for this function moving forward.  We are considering the possibility of collaborating much more closely with FAS in this area.  In the interim, Pamela Baker-Weber, Sponsored Research Officer for FAS, is providing much appreciated oversight of the SEAS office.

The program for Allston is near completion and design of the facilities will commence this summer.  Cambridge program planning has started and will likely conclude in the fall, followed by design.   We have also started to outline a process to align our administration to support dual campuses.  We will be working with department heads in late May through the summer on plans for administrative office space in Allston.  Detailed Cambridge space planning will likely start in the spring of 2016.  Pam Redfern continues to lead Allston space planning and design, Adam Gillis has started to do the same for Cambridge, and Leslie Tellalian is responsible for dual-campus organizational and operational planning.

Krissy Day has completed transition into her new role as Manager for Institutional Research.  In this role, Krissy will lead the creation of integrated reporting and data analytical tools to better inform our planning and decision making.  This includes student and course data in the University's new Student Information System, the Oracle financial system, space data in Cornerstone, research-funding data in GMAS, as well as others.

It's been a busy year and I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff of SEAS for their continued good work.  I wish for you some fun and relaxation with family and friends this summer.  Next year, especially with a new Dean, looks to be equally exciting and busy!