1/28/2012: Berdahl should have announced he was giving Bean an interim appointment ending June 2013. This would satisfy the immediate need for a body to fill out the provost’s suit. It would also leave the deck clear for the next president to do an open search. But no:
The time line for transitions in the Provost office has been determined. Jim Bean will return as Senior Vice President and Provost beginning July 1, 2012. He will continue his sabbatical through May 31, 2012, and then serve in a transitional capacity during the month of June. This will permit appropriate planning and coordination with me, the Executive Leadership Team, and Bob Berdahl as well as an overlap period with the current and soon-to-be-appointed Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
As the presidential search gets underway, it will be helpful to know who will serve as Provost on an ongoing basis. I look forward to continuing in my current acting leadership role through the end of this academic and fiscal year. I appreciate the continuing support and assistance I have experienced.
We’re all on a first name basis here, so who needs a job announcement, search, or a performance review? That sort of stuff is just for those faculty schlubs – the ones that Jim gets to evaluate and sign off on tenure and promotions, as provost. The month long overlap with Lorraine is so Jim can recover from his research efforts with old friends and get back up to speed on administrative matters.
FWIW, Pat, the OUS internal auditor, sent out this earlier this week, on her investigation of Jim’s sabbatical terms:
We hope to complete the review this week.
Oregon University System
Internal Audit Division
Patricia A. Snopkowski, Chief Auditor
P.O. Box 488
Corvallis, OR 97339
Ph (541) 737-0505 Fax (541)737-9133