Committee Makes Recommendations on Structure and Governance
The Special Committee on Institutional Administration and Governance is nearing the completion of its assignment to study the administrative structures at Trinity College and offer recommendations to the College community to make governance more efficient and transparent. The trustee members of the committee are Philip Khoury ’71, William Turner ’62, Thayer Bigelow ’65, and Leslie Sillcox ‘78. The faculty is represented by Richard Prigodich (chemistry), Alden Gordon ’69 (fine arts), Cheryl Greenberg (history), Maurice Wade (philosophy) and Dina Anselmi (psychology). Khoury and Prigodich co-chair the committee.
the late spring and early summer the committee met to organize and
carry out the discovery phase of its work. Dr. Frank Oakley, former
faculty member, dean and president at Williams College, was hired as a
consultant. He made several visits to campus, discussing the state of
administration and governance with faculty and administrators, and
wrote a report describing his findings and recommendations. The
administrative structures at many comparable colleges were also
studied. Extensive telephone conversations and face-to-face interviews
with senior officers at sister institutions were also conducted.
late summer the committee began its analysis of the governance
situation on campus based on what it had learned about administrative
structures and procedures at Trinity and administration and governance
at other colleges. The committee focused on several areas:
coordinating trustee committee structure with campus administration
and faculty committees; establishing a permanent structure for
long-term planning; establishing procedures and structures for the
annual budget process; restructuring the Dean of the Faculty office;
reforming the faculty Educational Policy Committee; and reforming the
appointments and promotion process.
fall the committee presented its findings and analysis to the campus
community and the Board of Trustees. Discussion at open meetings and
responses sent by e-mail were used to fine-tune the specific
recommendations the committee would make in the six areas listed
above. At the end of November the committee reached consensus on a
final set of recommendations to be forwarded to the Board of Trustees,
President Jones, and the faculty. President Jones is now in the
process of instituting some of the committee’s recommendations. The
trustees will take up these issues at their February, 2005 meeting.
The faculty will discuss the recommendations for reforming the
Educational Policy Committee and Appointments and Promotions Committee
structures and procedures and implement them in a timely fashion.
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