Office of the President
Georgia Southern University

Comprehensive Administrative Review

Project Milestones

1) CAR Interviews, Opportunity
Assessment, and Activity Assessment

2) Huron Report Development

3) Huron Report Delivered to
Senior Leadership

4) Design Teams Formed

5) CAR Working Group Analysis Phase

6) Recommendation Submitted
to Decisions Group

7) Recommendations Approved

8) Recommendation Implemented

What is the Comprehensive Administrative Review (CAR)?

In April 2017, Chancellor Steve Wrigley of the University System of Georgia (USG) announced a Comprehensive Administrative Review (CAR) of the system office and all 26 USG institutions.

The goal of the CAR is to address the challenge of how to provide quality education in the most cost‑effective manner.

The objectives of the CAR are to:

  • identify ways that administrative functions can be conducted more efficiently and effectively;
  • enhance support for delivering on the global, statewide, and local missions of USG institutions;
  • achieve opportunities for savings to provide greater affordability and access for students; and
  • strengthen the core academic enterprise and improve student support services.

The CAR is expected to assist the USG and the respective 26 institutions by:

  • developing model organizational structures and processes that will enhance our ability to deliver on our teaching, research, and service mission;
  • developing and implementing 21st century operational models;
  • gaining staff input to enhance administrative effectiveness and efficiency at all levels; and
  • identifying administrative cost savings that can be redirected to core functions of teaching, research, and service.


What is Happening Now with CAR?

President Shelley Nickel charged a working group to provide an in-depth look at administrative functions at Georgia Southern. The group is comprised of the following representatives:

Working Group

  • Chair – Ron Stalnaker, Chief Information Officer
      • Chris Caplinger, Director, First-Year Experience
      • Carol Cox, Director of Campus Operations, Armstrong and Liberty
      • Andrew Dies, Dean of Students and Student Affairs Campus Lead
      • Amy Heaston, Chief of Staff
      • Jason Matt, Executive Budget Director, Board of Regents – University System of Georgia
      • Laura Mills, Associate Vice President, Institutional Research
      • Wendy Woodrum, Associate Vice President, Business and Finance

Over the course of the next several weeks, the working group will examine:

  • Huron Consulting Group activity assessment for each Georgia Southern staff position
  • Opportunity identification surveys compiled by Huron
  • Organizational charts for each division
  • Benchmarking data
  • Potential duplications of positions identified in the Huron assessment

The working group will also conduct discussions with managers across the University. During these meetings, the group will gather input on best practices and hear suggestions for efficiencies from leaders across the institution. Conclusions will then be compiled from the data, reports and discussions to develop recommendations, including:

  • Review the structure of our organization to find ways to optimize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ensure Georgia Southern is staffed appropriately to support our mission and priorities.
  • Transition support functions embedded in multiple units to centralized departments while ensuring continued responsiveness to all units.


Decision Group

Additionally, a decision group has been assembled to provide oversight and structure for this initiative. The group is comprised of the following University representatives:

  • Kyle Marrero, President
  • Trip Addison, Vice President for Advancement
  • Annalee Ashley, Chief of Staff and External Relations
  • Maura Copeland, Executive Counsel
  • Christopher Curtis, Vice President for Campus Operations, Armstrong and Liberty
  • Tom Kleinlein, Athletic Director
  • John Lester, Interim Vice President for University Communications and Marketing
  • Scot Lingrell, Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Melanie Miller, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Carl Reiber, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
  • Ron Stalnaker, Chief Information Officer
  • Robert Whitaker, Vice President for Business and Finance


The final Huron Report is now available for review by Georgia Southern faculty and staff. Use the link below and login with your myGeorgiaSouthern credentials to view the report.

View the CAR Report – Faculty & Staff Only

Last updated: 5/1/2019

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