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Monday, May 27, 2024

After less than a year on the job, UF Dean of University Libraries Judith Russell has proposed reorganizing her administration.

But Russell is being met with opposition - from someone who wants to remain anonymous.

An anonymous e-mail sent to members of a Faculty Senate committee and the Alligator criticized Russell's proposed changes, which include restructuring the Library West staff and adding two associate deans to her administration.

At a Faculty Senate Steering Committee meeting Thursday, the e-mail and the proposed restructuring were discussed.

Russell told the committee she hopes to get faculty approval for the restructuring before the spring semester ends so she can begin her searches for the associate deans over the summer.

Some members of the committee, though, felt Russell was moving too fast.

"Whoa, this is really fast," said committee member Carol Murphy, a French professor. Pointing to the criticsm, Murphy said it didn't seem Russell had done enough faculty consultation.

The committee recommended Russell discuss the issues with the libraries' staff members further before the Faculty Senate hears the proposals.

A separate anonymous e-mail suggested Russell's hiring was a political favor from UF President Bernie Machen.

In a telephone interview before the meeting, Russell said her former boss's wife had known the Machens briefly, but when she brought up the boss's name as a reference during the interviewing process, Machen couldn't recall who he was.

Joe Aufmuth, the chairman of the Library Faculty Assembly, said after the meeting that he and Russell would continue to meet with the libraries' faculty members to explain what the changes would mean for them.

Russell stressed that no one would be losing their jobs during the process and no faculty positions would be cut. But some might be working under different people.

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"There are going to be some people who are more happy about it than others," she said.

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