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Update on Restructuring of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer

Please let me share with you an update on the structure of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a realignment of Health Services to better serve our students. Beginning this month, Health Services, Mental Health Services and Counseling Services will report to the Division of Student Affairs.

This new structure groups critical health services for students together in a way that affords new synergies in operations. It will improve the ability of University mental health and medical professionals to work together toward the best outcomes possible for our students.

It also groups University health care and counseling professionals with other student service teams, such as the Office of Student Disability Services and the Behavioral Intervention Team. All student health services will now report to Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Previously Health Services reported to the Division of Administration and Campus Operations, and Mental Health Services was a unit within Health Services. Counseling Services previously operated under the auspices of University College.

This change does not include any physical relocation of student services for the foreseeable future. The UT Arlington Health Services Center and its medical and clinical staff will continue to operate from its current location, 605 S. West St. Counseling services will continue to be offered from University College, 305 Ransom Hall.

University College continues to be the first stop and primary resource for academic advising, tutoring and other academic support services to help our students succeed and complete their undergraduate degrees.

Over the next month, we will continue to benchmark student health and counseling services against those at peer and aspirational institutions with the goal of modeling best practices. This process will be complete by June 1.

This realignment is part of our overall effort to evaluate the major functions of the Office of the Provost, clarify the purpose and scope of units within the office, and realign responsibilities with the goal of improving the faculty and student experience.

You are welcome to share this message as appropriate, and it is available along with previous messages about the restructuring on our website at along with a list of frequently asked questions. We will keep you updated with the latest information available, and I invite anyone who has a question to email me at


Ronald L. Elsenbaumer
UT Arlington Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs