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Ken Hare In Depth: Consultant critical of ASU management structure

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    Bird Blitz finds good birding in Fayette County

    Bird Blitz finds good birding in Fayette County

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:43 PM EDT2017-05-27 17:43:17 GMT
    A Green Heron stalks its prey in Fayette County. (Photo Ken Hare)A Green Heron stalks its prey in Fayette County. (Photo Ken Hare)

    No one has ever mistaken Fayette County as a Mecca for birding. In fact, relatively few birders ever have filed online eBird reports on the birds they have identified there. But a day trip there earlier this month by myself and three of the state's better birders -- note that I did not include myself in that description -- found that Fayette County is far from being a birding desert.

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    No one has ever mistaken Fayette County as a Mecca for birding. In fact, relatively few birders ever have filed online eBird reports on the birds they have identified there. But a day trip there earlier this month by myself and three of the state's better birders -- note that I did not include myself in that description -- found that Fayette County is far from being a birding desert.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birding road trips are also about freedom

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Birding road trips are also about freedom

    Saturday, May 20 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-05-20 18:30:36 GMT
    Purple Gallinule in Geneva County. (Source: Ken Hare)Purple Gallinule in Geneva County. (Source: Ken Hare)

    I love road trips. There is something soul-satisfying about jumping into a car and heading out with only a general idea of where you're going and what you're going to do.

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    I love road trips. There is something soul-satisfying about jumping into a car and heading out with only a general idea of where you're going and what you're going to do.

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    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Sometimes weather good for birds, but not birding

    Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Sometimes weather good for birds, but not birding

    Saturday, May 6 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-05-06 15:45:34 GMT
    AOS members, never without their binoculars, at the Goat Trees in Dauphin Island. (Photo Ken Hare)AOS members, never without their binoculars, at the Goat Trees in Dauphin Island. (Photo Ken Hare)

    Sometimes, what's good for the birds might not be good for the birders. Each year, the Alabama Ornithological Society holds two of its three meetings on Dauphin Island specifically to try to be there when migrating birds are making stopovers during their spring and fall flights to and from wintering grounds in the Caribbean, South America and Central America. But when about 100 AOS members gathered for three days of field trips in April, there were far fewer migrants than are usuall...

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    Sometimes, what's good for the birds might not be good for the birders. Each year, the Alabama Ornithological Society holds two of its three meetings on Dauphin Island specifically to try to be there when migrating birds are making stopovers during their spring and fall flights to and from wintering grounds in the Caribbean, South America and Central America. But when about 100 AOS members gathered for three days of field trips in April, there were far fewer migrants than are usuall...

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The outside consultant who reviewed and made suggestions on a proposed reorganization plan for Alabama State University found that the current structure was put in place in part "simply to keep the peace and everyone happy."

[DOCUMENT: ASU Desk Audit (.pdf)]

In a report to ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd, the consultant wrote:

"It was noted by a number of employees interviewed that the reporting structure currently in place was not always done in an effort to improve efficiency or effectiveness of the operation, but rather the result of either a lack of communications between different departments or personality differences between employees."

Stephen J. Smith, senior partner of the H.R. Group, wrote that "there seems to be climate where departments and/or individuals operate in silos rather than always addressing issues that would tend to serve the overall best interest of the students and the university. As a result, and in an attempt to simply keep the peace and everyone happy, some individuals and responsibilities were placed under a different reporting structure that at times may not have always been the best fit for the work that needed to be done by the department."

Smith wrote that continuing the current reporting structures creates the possibility that the university "will not only experience reduced efficiency and effectiveness in its operation, but would also over the long-run experience higher cost and decreased satisfaction from the students served by the university."

Boyd has recommended sweeping changes in the ASU organization chart, including the elimination of several vice presidential jobs and having more top administrators report directly to her. The changes must be approved by the board of trustees to become effective. 

Other recommendations by the consultant involved the athletic advisement, human resources, housing, financial aid and the university police department. ​

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