The Virtual College Initiative at Shoreline Community
College will soon have a designated individual to lead the effort as it
moves into the implementation phase.
President Lee Lambert launched the Virtual College effort in
August, 2010 and named a task force, the Virtual College Leadership Team (VCLT),
to research the idea and make recommendations. The VCLT published the Virtual
College Blueprint in March, 2011. Since then, VCLT became the Virtual College
Implementation Team (VCIT) made up of two parts, the VCIT- Student Services and
Now that those two components of VCIT have the Virtual
College on the verge of launch for this fall, Lambert is taking the advice of
the original VCLT and a host of others to give the Virtual College more
And, for now, that leadership will report to the Vice
President of Administrative Services.
“In order to ensure proper initial planning and coordination
of human and financial resources and the provision of essential wrap-around
support, I have delegated temporary responsibility for the Virtual College
initiative to the Vice President of Administrative Services, Daryl Campbell,”
Lambert said in a memo to the campus, adding that the arrangement will stay in
place for up to a year. “During this time, he will work closely with the
incoming Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, in preparation for an
eventual transition of Virtual College responsibilities to the Instruction side
of the house.”
Shoreline is also getting a new Vice President for Academic
and Student Affairs to take over from John Backes, who is retiring June 30.
“In my judgment, the new VP must be provided ample time to …
acclimate to the new role,” Lambert said in the memo. “While temporary
management responsibility for the Virtual College is placed under the VPAS, I
will direct both the VPAS and incoming VPASA to work very closely together on
the Virtual College initiative, to maximize our success and ensure a seamless eventual
Just who will lead the Virtual College effort has yet to be
decided. Lambert has called for a “limited recruitment and appointment process” and said he expects a decision by June 30.