Dean expected to respond to department concepts in July

All departments in CALS submitted a concept document proposing a future structure to merge, collaborate or remain as is. In a recent communication to department chairs, Dean Kate VandenBosch noted, “We received responses representing a variety of new approaches to our structures and programs. I appreciate your effort and I am energized by your ideas.”

VandenBosch will consider departmental proposals over the next couple of weeks, and will send department chairs individualized comments on the plans in early July.

She also encouraged chairs to share proposals among faculty, staff and colleagues, noting that for the process to work well, “Members of the collegiate community need to be aware of and understand all of the options available.”

After receiving feedback from the dean, departments will embark on the next step of the redesign process. That will include drafting five-year plans.