Consolidation of administrative positions between the University of Missouri system and MU could save anywhere from $500,000 to $4.3 million each year, UM system President Elson Floyd told a general meeting of MU faculty on Tuesday.
Floyd tried to engage a crowd of about 100 faculty members at Memorial Union on the MU campus in a dialogue on consolidation. The overall feeling was one of approval toward Floyd and the plan.
Consolidation is an action item on the UM Board of Curators agenda for its meeting Thursday in Kansas City, where Floyd will announce his decision. The biggest change would see the positions of UM president and MU chancellor combine under Floyd’s leadership.
If it weren’t for the fiscal crisis, consolidation would not be discussed, Floyd said.
The president stressed that the process would take time, and if it were to happen, Floyd said he and senior officers would have to find ways of dealing with “administrative redundancies.”
“We should not be draconian on how we handle employees,” Floyd said.
He said the transition from the current structure would take three or four years, so as not to disrupt the life of faculty, staff or students.
Consolidation would see heavier reliance on MU Provost Brady Deaton, who would administrate the daily activities of the campus, Floyd said.
The MU Faculty Council considered polling its members on consolidation last Thursday during its regular biweekly meeting, but decided not to hold a vote until Floyd makes his proposal at this week’s curators meeting, said Gordon Christensen, professor of medicine and chairman of the council.