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Number of administrators in A&M’s System Offices grow tripled since 1979; consultant recommends cuts
Thursday, Jul 05, 2012, 10:26AM CST
By Curt Olson
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The number of top administrators at the Texas A&M University System has more than tripled in the last three decades, a consultant’s report released Monday shows.

Their ranks have grown from 147 full-time employees in 1979 to 448 this year, slightly outpacing the growth in the number of A&M students, according to the report from the MGT of America Inc. consulting firm.

These workers in the A&M System Offices do legal work, auditing, finances, purchasing, buildings and grounds, and communications.

MGT of America, which has an Austin office, provided more than 50 recommendations that would eliminate 161 positions - 50 at A&M System Offices - and save $19.4 million, according to the (Bryan College Station) Eagle.

The newspaper reported 30 positions had been eliminated because of the recommendations, but attrition and a recent biomedical technology contract created a net reduction of seven positions.

"While not all of the recommendations will be implemented immediately, it does create a roadmap for consideration by executive management," Steve Moore, the A&M System's vice chancellor of the Office of Marketing & Communications, wrote in an e-mail to Texas Watchdog Tuesday.

A&M System leaders paid $249,450 for the 79-page report that tackled 13 areas of university management, including the Chancellor’s Office, to make them more efficient and less expensive.

The report identified campus dining services as something that could be done more cost effectively. A&M System leaders recently authorized such a move at Texas A&M University and have succeeded in keeping private certain communications about the dining hall privatization contract until after it is signed.

Among the ideas, the MGT report encourages A&M leaders to re-examine shared services on its campuses and to seek input from the the state comptroller and auditor.

MGT report authors want A&M’s leaders to see if functions, such as auditing, legal, finances, and information technology, which have been shifted to the System Office can be shared with the campuses, be more efficient, and cut costs.

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Contact Curt Olson at curt@texaswatchdog.org or 512-557-3800. Follow him on Twitter @olson_curt.

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