Turner asks for sensitivity in light of staff changes

The structural changes and staff layoffs due to the Operational Excellence for the 2nd Century (OE2C) Organization Design Initiative were completed this week, SMU President R. Gerald Turner announced in an email to faculty and staff.

Turner stated that all vice presidents, deans and the athletic director notified those who would be affected by staff changes. The changes were created by members within each department with input from their leadership teams to ensure the long-term financial success of the university.

“Each leader thoughtfully designed their organization to deliver appropriate service levels while providing financial resources to be reallocated to our academic mission,” Turner said in the email.

SMU employees were asked to be sensitive to those affected because some staff members in eliminated positions will continue to work on campus for various times. Other employees are in a period of transition as they adjust to their redefined roles.

As the OE2C initiative continues, future efforts to streamline work and services may lead to additional staff changes or terminations, Turner said.

“We will emerge from these demanding changes as an organization better prepared and equipped to serve our community and advance our mission,” Turner said in the email.

The Daily Campus will continue to update the community on further OE2C developments.

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