In conversations with VCEA faculty and staff, many of you have brought forward ideas on how Voiland College can improve efficiencies and mitigate our budget situation.
One common theme I have consistently heard is the need for higher level departmental authority as it relates to purchasing, travel, and reimbursement. Having these activities administered at the departmental level allows for more localized budgetary oversight and will expedite this sometimes time-consuming process.
After discussing this with Voiland College’s Business Center, Leadership Team, and administrative staff, we will move forward with transitioning these services to the departmental level. Look for communication from your departmental chairs in the coming weeks on how your department will administer these requests.
VCEA’s Business Center will stop accepting purchasing, travel, and reimbursement requests from VCEA departments after April 13.
VCEA Business Center staff will provide short-term support to departments as these units take on these functions, and then they will transfer into mission-critical roles that will better serve Voiland College’s priorities and WSU’s Drive to 25.
I want to thank everyone who continues to engage me on how Voiland College can be more effective and be more financially responsible. I’ll be speaking about the future of Voiland College at our Town Hall Meeting, April 6, from 3:30 pm to 5 pm in ETRL 101 and on AMS. There will be an opportunity for discussion then, or feel free to contact me anytime with your thoughts and ideas.
Mary Rezac, Dean
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture