The University of Minnesota is taking what it called its most decisive step yet to shrink administrative expenses.
The university is eliminating its Office of Academic Administration to coincide with the departure of Robert Jones, the vice president in charge of that office. Jones is taking on the presidency of the University of Albany in New York.
The U estimates shutting that office and divvying up its roles among other departments will save about $1.6 million. Of the savings, Jones' salary and benefits account for $414,300.
The cuts were recommended by a task force U President Eric Kaler convened after Jones announced his upcoming departure earlier this year.