Wright State University is reorganizing some of its student services and offices under one leader.
By the start of fall semester on Aug. 27, six departments will report to the university’s chief diversity officer Matt Boaz, according to an email sent to campus by president Cheryl Schrader.
The departments include Wright State’s Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, the office of Latina, Asian and Native American affairs, the women’s center, office of LGBTQA affairs, office of disability services and the veteran and military center.
“I know that Bolinga, LANA, the Women’s Center, LGBTQA Affairs, Disability Services, and the VMC will continue to provide excellent and vital service and support to our community for decades to come,” Schrader wrote in her email to campus.
The university may move the Bolinga Center, office of Latina, Asian and Native American affairs, Women’s Center, and the Office of LGBTQA Affairs to the same location. But, its office of disability services and the Veteran and Military Center will remain in their current locations, according to Schrader’s email.
The decision to realign the services was made for a number of reasons including Schrader valuing diversity and feedback from strategic planning meetings, among other things, spokesman Seth Bauguess said via email.
The reorganization, Bauguess said, has nothing to do with the financial problems Wright State has faced in recent years. In June 2017, WSU trustees slashed more than $30 million from the school’s budget and this year the school is expecting another $10-million decline in revenue.
Reorganizing and prioritizing university departments, colleges and programs has been a goal of Schrader’s since she became Wright State’s president in July 2017.
Schrader’s administration has been conducting something of a program review process over the last year to see what offerings at the university could become focuses and others that could be discontinued.
Last fall, officials were considering merging the college of science and math with the college of engineering to create a STEM college and the school of psychology with the Boonshoft School of Medicine. WSU leaders have also considered consolidating several of its health-related programs into their own college as well.
Schrader is planning to present a strategic plan to the board of trustees in October that will likely feature more reorganization plans.
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