Leader of University of Michigan's downsizing effort: 'This is going to be a difficult project'

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The University of Michigan official in charge of the school's controversial downsizing and centralization of administrative staff says that while there were missteps in planning the initiative, it will go forward in July.

In an undertaking dubbed the Administrative Services Transition, the school is cutting about 50 human resources and financial services staff positions and relocating the remaining 275 positions to a new office on the edge of Ann Arbor, called a shared services center.

The first wave of staff — those who deal with financial accounts at the university — were originally slated to move to the center in April, but top U-M officials delayed the process after faculty decried the consolidation, saying it was planned in a poorly communicated, top-down manner.

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