July 2, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University System is releasing the results of the MGT of America management review of the A&M System Offices. A full copy of the report is available at http://www.tamus.edu/offices/marcomm/publications/.
This study was commissioned by Chancellor John Sharp in an effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness by identifying changes to business practices, organizational structures, staffing, and expenditures. The study began on October 26, 2011, and addresses operational and organizational issues identified during a detailed review of information provided by the A&M System, its members and interviews with 75 leaders within the A&M System organization.
“We studied this long and hard with a goal of creating a self sustaining organization of the quality necessary to enable our universities, agencies and health science center to reach their lofty goals,” said Sharp.
In the past, the System Offices had operated on a budget that required use of reserves to fund ongoing operations. This had become a normal manner of operation. The chancellor stopped that practice promptly after his appointment and instituted this study soon afterward. For example, 100 percent of the $19.7 million AUF allocation last fall was given to Texas A&M University (in the past, System Offices retained a portion of the AUF allocation), as will 100 percent of the $45 million Compass, USA payment, when a final contract is signed.
The timing of the release of the study had been delayed to allow for the most effective deployment of personnel affected by recommended changes to staffing levels. As a result of normal attrition and the award of the BARDA contract, the elimination of 30 positions will result in a net staff reduction of seven persons.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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