FHSU Profile – Staff
As might be expected from a rural Midwest population, the staff at Fort Hays State University prides itself on hard work and dedication. The staff fills vital support roles across the four colleges and 28 academic departments and in the ancillary agencies and organizations such as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, the Docking Institute of Public Affairs, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, the University Farm, Forsyth Library, the Memorial Union – all across the three major divisions of the university: Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Administration and Finance.
According to the most recent Affirmative Action Plan, for calendar year 2011, FHSU employees were 53 percent female and 5 percent minority.
The classified employees, comprising more than 300 full and part-time state civil service workers, recently voted to leave the Kansas civil service system and become direct employees of the University, called University Support Staff. The vote was not close: With 231 of 308 eligible employees voting, 187 voted for the change and 44 voted against.
The transition will begin when the Kansas Board of Regents approves the support staff handbook. Committees have been formed to revamp the descriptions of positions and salary levels, create an evaluation system and form, appoint a disciplinary hearing board, develop training materials, and set a schedule for the conversion.
The change will take effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year, which begins June 8, 2014.
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