The South Dakota Board of Regents meet this week Tuesday and Wednesday in Sioux Falls at the downtown Holiday Inn. The public agenda seems relatively thin; the Regents will spend the majority of their time (10.5 hours scheduled) behind closed doors discussing personnel matters.
In public, the Regents will consider DSU’s request for mitosis, to calve a new College of Computing from the current College of Business and Information Systems. DSU says other schools are doing it, so so should they. Creating a new College of Computing will “better align faculty within disciplines and colleges who share common goals and curriculum.” And we’ll get “synergy.”
We’ll also get another dean on campus, plus the necessary support staff:
One more dean, another secretary and a half, another department chair (or two?)… that means we’re cutting more checks, right? Maybe new DSU President José-Marie Griffiths will have a chance to undo some of former president David Borofsky’s damage by restoring Tom Halverson and Wayne Pauli to their previous pay grades.
Speaking of Borofsky damage, I see DSU finally picked a new sponsored programs coordinator. Last spring, Borofsky sacked successful grant-getter Mickie Kreidler, even as the Regents were asking for more focus on research. It took DSU until January to promote musician (!), former executive assistant to the DSU president, and former lit instructor Kacie Fodness to the post. Whew—now let’s go get some grants!