Change in Reporting Line for Office of Regional Development, Outreach and Global Initiatives

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To: UA Campus Community
From: Ann Weaver Hart, President
Date: May 21, 2013
Subject: Change in Reporting Line for Office of Regional Development, Outreach and Global Initiatives

The Office of the Vice President for Regional Development, Outreach and Global Initiatives currently oversees the Outreach College, UA Sierra Vista and the UA regional campuses in their various locations, the Office of Global Initiatives, and several outreach programs throughout the state. As these functions have grown, it has become clear that while historically viewed as auxiliary to the main campus enterprise, these activities have evolved to become more central to the UA's core academic mission.

Accordingly, I am pleased to announce that, moving forward, the reporting line for the Office of the VP and its units will be the Office of the Provost. Given the rapidly evolving global and online/distance dimensions of higher education, we need to better position these functions to leverage creative programmatic opportunities more broadly across campus.  I look forward to the synergy that this change and potential new alignments will create as the UA's strategic plan unfolds.