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September 9, 2011

A message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno

Dr. Nick J. BrunoDear Colleagues,

On July 7, 2011, you were informed of the organizational changes which were being submitted to the Board of Supervisors for approval.  Those changes were approved with the 2011-12 budget at the August board meeting.  I wish to update you on the status of the transition to the new structure. 

Over my first 10 months, I have found that all of our employees are eager to move ULM forward.  I am committed to supporting ULM’s employees in that effort.

Mrs. Diane Singletary has been promoted to the position of Chief Business Officer which was approved at the August Board of Supervisors meeting.  As you know, Mrs. Singletary has been ULM’s controller since 2004.  Her office will be Suite 623 in the Library.

Mrs. Sarah Nicole Walker who has served as Associate Controller since 2005 is being promoted to Controller.  The Associate Controller’s position which Nicole is vacating, will be advertised. 

Dr. Don Skelton has agreed to delay his retirement so as to assist in the completion of a study which will determine the feasibility of the university undertaking a Capital Campaign.  Dr. Skelton also will serve as a resource to me and Mr. Staub in addressing various enhancements in our athletics program.  He has assumed the title of Special Assistant to the President.  This position will be eliminated upon Dr. Skelton’s retirement. 

Mr. Michael Trevathan is being promoted to Executive Director for Auxiliary Enterprises.  Mike has served as coordinator of auxiliary services for eight years at ULM.  This will consolidate all auxiliary operations, which include all self-generating budgets under one area.  This will allow for more strategic decision making and better communications among these very important student and campus services. While this area will report to the Executive Vice President, the financial responsibility for all privately funded projects will remain under the authority of the Chief Business Officer. 

Following a search process in accordance with University of Louisiana System policy, I have selected Dr. Stephen Richters to assume the role of Executive Vice President.  Dr. Richters’ institutional history and knowledge of the institution provides continuity as my transition continues.  Dr. Richters and I have discussed my goals for the areas assigned to the Executive Vice President which include improving our customer service.  We also have discussed that our decision making will be based upon careful planning and deliberate execution. Dr. Richters will relocate to Suite 605 in the Library building.

Dr. Eric Pani has agreed to serve as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.  I will be forming a search committee shortly with a goal of hiring a permanent Vice President by July 1, 2012.  This position shall assume my responsibilities in my absence.  Dr. Pani will remain in the current Academic Affairs offices in the Library.

Interim approvals have been requested from System staff with ratification being requested at the October board meeting.

Lastly, I want every employee regardless of their role to know his/her value to this institution.  Therefore, I shared with those reporting to me my expectations as to how we will lead this university.  Expectations are to be clearly stated in order to maximize clarity of our direction.

Since the university is being held accountable by both the UL System and Board of Regents, each unit within our university must also be accountable for its contribution if the institution is to be successful.  ULM is a great institution, and our best days are forthcoming.

I will continue to be accessible and work tirelessly to spread the word of your amazing accomplishments and to support your efforts.  Thank you for your commitment to ULM.    

Sincerely,

Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D.
President