Chairman's desk. There is no place down to pass it." As Chairman, he is responsible for everything from getting more desk cal- culators to recruiting faculty and person- nel. determining courses to be offered. and supplementing research facilities. Since 1971, he has been assisted in these tasks by an Associate Chairman, a Director of Undergraduate Studies, a Director of Graduate Studies, and a Personnel Committee which coordinates recruitment and hiring of ne}" faculty. Although the undergraduate and graduate directors handle the course scheduling and overall advising, Wright is ultimately accountable to the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the University for their de- cisions. He must approve their actions. Virginia Tilden, Wright's personal secretary and the department's adminis- trative assistant, credits him with the "ability to designate administrative re- sponsibilities. He has organized an
elegated authority to the various com- mittees necessary to administer the de- partment's business. He is aware and keeps constant watch over the various functions of the department," she said. As witnessed by the growing sophistica- tion of administrative duties. Wright said the chairmanship had become in- creasingly more administrative than aca- demic within the past few years. He attri- buted much of the change to increased federal regulations.
Since the 1969 food workers' strike
at Carolina. the U.S. Dept. of Labor's
Fair Standards Act has produced an
increased amount of rf<d tape within each
academic department. Now time sheets
must be kept on all the Math Depart-
ment's 30 paper graders. A federal auditor
'comes each year to read them, he said,
pointing to a voluminous stack of sheets
in his otlice corner.
Another result of the Labor Act is a
regulation that departmental secretaries
must now leave the otlice to eat lunch,
whether they wish to remain or not-
just another administrative matter that
has been added to his responsibilities.
Other non-academic matters that con-
cern the Chairman are otlice and class-
room space shortages, the separation
of the Math Department in Phillips Hall
and the Smith building, the need for more
audio-visual teaching equipment as well
as desk calculators, plus increased
room for computer terminals.
Wright stressed the need for housing
the Math Department under one roof with
internal space for expansion.
He also said the shortage of departmen-
tal secretaries must be rectified, citing
the present four and one-half typists for 30
and one-half faculty members. "What
would be even better," he added, "is hiring
a department administrator with an MBA
degree to manage all administrative
duties. If we could compete salary-wise
with industry, we could get someone capa-
ble and interested in the position."
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