As a reorganization of Student Affairs and Campus Life moves forward, Vice Chancellor Enku Gelaye recently announced some staffing changes for the new academic year aimed at supporting various components of the restructuring effort.
The new organizational plan, which creates several clusters of units, was recommended last year by consultant Linda Kuk, who was asked by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to review Student Affairs and Campus Life and identify ways to align its structure to best support the campus-wide strategic plan.
The clusters around three central missions: advocacy, inclusion, and support programs; campus life, and student engagement. In May, staff from each of the three clusters participated in retreats to discuss their purpose, core values, new responsibilities and ways to maximize their effectiveness.
“While the data we’ve collected will provide guidance to each of our clusters, it was also important to respond to structural recommendations outlined by staff at the cluster retreats,” said Gelaye. Based on feedback from the retreats, she added, “we will focus on building communication and staff engagement.”
As part of those efforts, Gelaye has temporarily expanded the Student Affairs and Campus Life Leadership Team (SALT) to include Dawn Bond, Marcy Clark, Eddie Hull, Sara Littlecrow-Russell, Jean MacKimmie, Shelly Perdomo, Harry Rockland-Miller, Annemarie Seifert, Sharon Shevlin and David Vaillancourt. Gail Matthews will join the transition team on a part-time basis.
“The goal of this structure is to create tighter teams to allow for improved internal communications and broader collaborations focused on building relationships and sharing services among areas involved in similar work,” Gelaye said. “This approach will strengthen the clusters and provide ongoing support and communication while we continue working throughout Student Affairs on issues of staff morale, engagement and trust.”
Shelly Perdomo, director of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), has agreed to serve in the interim leadership role for the advocacy and inclusion cluster. “Shelly will be responsible for helping this cluster form a collective vision, identifying cluster needs, building a supporting infrastructure, and working with cluster colleagues to define the leadership role and provide support for a search to permanently fill this important position,” said Gelaye.
Oscar Collins, associate director of academic support, and Wilma Crespo, associate director of student development, will oversee the day-to-day functions of CMASS during the academic year while Perdomo handles her new duties.
Eddie Hull is shifting from his role as executive director of Residential Life to provide the vice chancellor’s office with support for facilities planning; space management and project management, including a structural review of all Residential Life buildings; business continuity and emergency preparedness planning; building emergency response infrastructure, and in collaboration with associate vice chancellor for student engagement Annemarie Seifert, leading a planning study for a new Student Union.
Among the key points identified in the campus strategic plan is the need to prepare students for post-college success through an “immersive residential experience that is student focused, innovative, and collaborative,” said Gelaye. To that end, Residential Life will initiate its planned program review during the 2014-15 academic year.
While the review is underway, several interim assignments are being made:
- Ted Mone, associate director of Residential Life Facility Operations, and Liz Brown, director of Finance and Human Resources, Residential Life, will report to Dawn Bond, director of Residential Life Student Services.
- Anjali Cadena, assistant director of Residential Education for Residential Life Learning Communities, Jeanne Horrigan, director of New Student Programs and the Office of Parent Services, and Candace Serafino, interim director of Career Services, will report to Marcy Clark, director of Student Affairs and Campus Life Assessment.
- Jean MacKimmie, director of Residence Education, and Dawn Bond, director of Student Services, will report to the vice chancellor.
During the next year, said Gelaye, SACL staff will be involved in the search for an associate vice chancellor and dean of students through community forums and candidates meetings.
Also, an all-staff climate survey within SACL will be conducted and the results as well as the reports of the cluster retreats will be shared with consultants Linda Kuk and Jim Larimore, who will continue to serve as advisors during the reorganization.