The University of Colorado has named two new vice provosts and one new senior vice provost, expanding the provost structure the Boulder campus adopted in 2001.
Michael Grant and Jeff Cox were named vice provosts in mid-December, and Bill Kaempfer was named senior vice provost, title changes that came with additional job duties and pay raises.
The provost is the campus's chief academic official and deals with academic departments, faculty, deans and issues such as building needs and budgeting.
Before 2001, the campus's highest academic official was called the vice chancellor for academic affairs. The chancellor is the overall senior administrator for the campus, while the provost is the senior academic administrator.
The majority of CU's peer institutions, which are those public institutions within the Association of American Universities, operate with a provost leading the campus on academic issues.
A 2000 North Central Association accreditation report recommended that CU reorganize its administration to include a provost position.
Phil DiStefano was named provost in early 2001 and later became the chancellor for the Boulder campus,.
Current Provost Russ Moore has held that position since 2010.
In 2004, Bill Kaempfer was named vice provost and associate vice chancellor for budget and planning, but it has taken a while for CU to name additional vice provosts, Moore said.
"Since I became provost I've always been thinking about (naming vice provosts) for consistency," Moore said. "(I'm) just doing it for the sake of consistency, and since I was expanding their portfolios and their span of duties, I thought that could be as good of a time as any."
When he decided to make the title changes, Moore said he was already giving Cox, Grant and Kaempfer additional duties because of changes and goals set out by university leaders.
Moore said the vice provost titles are "functional" and make CU more comparable to its Association of American Universities public peers.
Grant, who remains associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education in addition to being a vice provost, received a 4 percent raise with the new title and additional duties, which include improving retention and graduation rates, overseeing how the campus uses educational technologies, eliminating redundancies across academic units and overseeing new degree and certificate programs.
On Dec. 16, 2013, Grant's yearly salary increased from $167,709 to $174,417.
Cox, who is now vice provost and associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs, also received a 4 percent raise. His new duties include overseeing the creation and discontinuance of new colleges and programs on the Boulder campus, expanding the campus's academic program review process and deploying and maintaining faculty information systems.
Cox's salary increased from $191,544 to $199,205.
Kaempfer, who took on additional duties and became senior vice provost, was given a 4 percent raise in December. His salary increased from $194,463 to $202,241. His additional duties include organizing the campus academic prioritization process, coordinating new campus degree programs and providing budget and space analyses for the creation of new campus academic units.
CU spokeswoman Malinda Miller-Huey said the median salary for vice provosts at public universities within the Association of American Universities was $211,917 for 2013.
All three individuals have seen salary increases between 17 and 20 percent over the last five years.
Campus merit raises typically have occurred on July 1 each year.
Moore said the 4 percent raises are much cheaper than hiring additional people to tackle the extra job duties. Instead, Moore said he added duties to three already full plates and wanted to compensate Grant, Cox and Kaempfer accordingly.
"We work our tails off," Moore said.
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