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Olivet College announces reorganization of leadership structure
Jan 20, 2011

Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., announced yesterday the reorganization of the college’s leadership structure. Corey worked with input from Olivet’s Administrative Responsibility Team, trustees, faculty and staff to institute the organizational changes, which he said will “serve to advance the values of the college and empower more inclusive decision-making.”

Corey said the new leadership structure is reflective of several guiding principles, including: reinforcement of the centrality of academics to the mission of the college, and commitment to student learning and success; reduction of the size of the executive staff and allocating resources to other areas; enhancement of the relationships between student learning and the work of faculty and staff through effective communication, cooperation and collaboration; increasing inclusiveness in decision-making and college-wide leadership; fostering transparency in the management and operation of the college; and facilitating and improving cross-college communication.

As part of the reorganization, Corey announced the promotion of two employees: Maria Davis, Ph.D., has been named provost and dean of the college; and Bill Kurtz has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

“Maria Davis and Bill Kurtz bring a wealth of experience in both higher education and the private sector to our team,” Corey said. “It’s also clear that the college community has a strong trust and enthusiasm for their leadership. Knowing these two individuals are playing key roles in building our college’s future is comforting.”

Davis has served as vice president and dean for academic affairs at Olivet since July, and previously served as chair of the Natural and Physical Sciences Department and professor of biology. Her new responsibilities include bringing student life, student administrative services, student retention and admissions within the purview of provost.

Kurtz, who was named vice president and CFO of Olivet in November 2008, served as acting president while the college conducted a national search for a chief executive earlier this academic year. His new responsibilities will include bringing administration, auxiliary services and facilities within the purview of senior vice president.

In addition to the promotions, Corey announced the expansion of the college’s Administrative Responsibility team to include key members of the faculty and staff. Davis and Kurtz will work with employees to determine the make-up of the team, with Davis serving as chair.

The president’s Cabinet, consisting of the president, provost, senior vice president, vice president for institutional advancement, vice president and dean for student life, vice president for administration and athletic director, will remain intact and continue to work cohesively for the overall strategic leadership of the college.

“While optimizing the college’s guiding principles is something that will require our collective and continuing effort,” Corey said, “I believe these changes move us a positive step in the right direction.”


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