MONTGOMERY — A streamlined administrative structure has been put in place at West Virginia University Tech, anticipating the upcoming merger with West Virginia University, WVU Tech President Charles Bayless announced Thursday.

“This is the end result of a huge amount of work,” said Bayless, who will become provost of WVU Tech under the changes enacted by the Legislature last year.

The merger takes effect July 1.

“This is the culmination of a long process of development and implementing a plan of merger,” Bayless said. “We will save big bucks by this.

“We will now be able to focus exclusively on strengthening our reputation for excellent academics. WVU Tech is now effectively a fully functioning division of WVU,” he said, likening the relationship to those in major corporations between headquarters and branch offices.

Even with the organizational changes, Bayless said, WVU Tech will retain its name and character, and continue the growth it has seen in recent months, including double-digit growth in financial support and admissions, which is driving renewed multimillion-dollar campus construction of facilities for students.

Under the new structure, several departments will report directly to Morgantown, although oversight of all academic areas remains in Montgomery, said Dr. Scott Hurst, who remains associate provost, but with expanded supervisory responsibilities.

Hurst, who will report to Bayless, will oversee areas related to academics: the College of Business, Humanities and Sciences, the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering, the registrar/director of records, the library, Upward Bound, athletics and the regents degree program.

Louis Levy, currently director of admissions, will become dean of students and director of enrollment management, reporting to Bayless and overseeing financial aid, admissions/recruitment, associate dean of students, residence life, career services and cooperative education, student support and success services and marketing.

“All non-academic operations are integrated with WVU,” Hurst said.

Reporting to officials in Morgantown are information technology, human resources, financial affairs, extended learning, sponsored programs, institutional research, integrated communications, dining services, physical plant and public safety.

Further changes are possible in departments and placements, Hurst and Bayless said.

As part of the restructuring, current Provost Galan “Lanny” Janeksela will return to full-time teaching over the course of an academic year. Among other duties, Janeksela will develop a criminal justice program for the Montgomery campus. During the transition, he will continue to report part-time to Bayless.

Bayless also announced the retirement of longtime Tech administrator Mike Neese, effective Sept. 30. Spanning a 30-year career that began in June 1977, Neese has held a variety of positions at Tech, including director of housing, dean of students and interim athletic director.

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