Leaders of the state university system will begin the process of hiring a consultant to assist in the work of reviewing the system’s organization and operation this week.
Tuesday is the deadline for interested consulting firms to submit their proposals for doing the work.
State System of Higher Education spokesman Kenn Marshall said a short turnaround time is expected in selecting a firm since it can take several weeks to negotiate a contract and get the necessary approvals that the state’s procurement process requires before executing it.
The consultant then will have four months to identify options for organizational and operational changes in the system headquarters as well as at the 14 universities. System officials warned the changes could be significant, which could possibly mean university closures or mergers.
System Chancellor Frank Brogan emphasized at a…