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Board of Regents gives IAC restructuring a nod
By Scott Lange
Assistant News Editor
The final hurdle for the DuPree College of Management was cleared last week when the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia unanimously approved the necessary reorganization.
The change is expected to increase the Management program's competitiveness with other leading business schools.
The existing DuPree School of Management will become Georgia Tech's sixth college. With the departure of the School of Management, the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs will be known simply as the Ivan Allen College.
Like the deans of the five existing colleges, the Dean of Management will report directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
"It is something that our faculty are excited about and pleased with," said Lloyd Byers, Acting Dean of the DuPree School of Management. "I think our alumni are also very pleased with the reorganization."
With the final approval of the organizational change, searches for a permanent Dean of Management and a permanent Dean of the Ivan Allen College are expected to begin in earnest.
"We can appoint a search committee for the Ivan Allen College quickly," explained Michael Thomas, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "[However], we want to talk to some of the Management alumni before we move ahead with a search committee."
Officials believe that the Management program will be more attractive to potential Dean candidates than a full-fledged college.
"It makes a lot of sense because for most colleges and universities the business school is a distinct academic unit," said Dean Byers. "The faculty feels that it is a more appropriate organizational structure."
Before receiving approval from the Board of Regents, the proposal had to be approved by the entire Georgia Tech faculty.
"At the faculty meeting, the proposal was voted on," said Byers. "Any faculty members who were there could vote."
According to Byers, the proposal was passed with a nearly unanimous vote. Observers were not surprised by the overwhelming vote since the move to create a College of Management has enjoyed widespread support since its inception.
The School of Management has been headed by a Dean since the restructuring in the late 1980s.
The reorganization is expected to be completed by July 1.
Copyright © 1998 by Gregory S. Scherrer, Editor and by the Student Publications Board
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