As a consequence of continuing state budget reductions, Shoreline Community College is reorganizing the administrative structure of the college.
“Let there be no mistake, for a college of our size and program mix, these moves are not optimal,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said. “Neither are any of the other changes being forced on Shoreline and the rest of the community and technical college system by state budget cuts.
“However, given the difficult circumstances, I believe these moves will allow Shoreline to continue to meet the needs of students by providing its customary high level of education, training and services.”
The central administrative change is a reduction from four vice presidents to three, but the reduction has wide ranging implications for other positions at the institution.
Shoreline’s current vice-presidential lineup includes: Vice President for Academic Affairs John Backes, Vice President of Administrative Services Daryl Campbell, Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs Stephen Smith and Vice President for Student Success Tonya Drake.
As of July 1, Drake’s position will become Dean of Students. Many responsibilities of her current vice-president position will be parceled out to others, including:
Enrollment services and financial aid move under Administrative Services
Athletics moves to the Dean of Health Occupations and Physical Education and Business
International Programs will be temporarily overseen by Lambert
The new Dean of Students position will join all other Dean positions under the VP of Academic Affairs and have responsibility for:
The Center for Equity, Engagement and Service, Counseling Services and High School Programs
Student Leadership Center and Student Government
Career Education Options (CEO)
Office of Special Services
General student complaints
Behavior Intervention Team
Other moves include the campus rentals position from the Office of Advancement to Administrative Services
“I’m very pleased that Dr. Drake will continue to assist Shoreline students and to have her considerable skills and expertise engaged directly with instruction as we transition the college toward this new structure,” Backes said. Drake will join with Dr. Norma Goldstein, Dean of Humanities, in providing leadership to the college’s accreditation processes and reports.
The move of enrollment services, financial aid and rentals to Campbell’s area is a consolidation of primarily business-related functions under one vice president.
Lambert acknowledged that having his position directly supervising a department is unusual, but that it is a reflection of the importance of International Programs.
“Internationalization is a focal point for Shoreline and the growth of International Programs is one of our strategic initiatives to help the college deal with less and less state support,” Lambert said. “Bringing more international students to Shoreline has a positive economic impact on the school and the surrounding community. I’m looking forward to working closely with Executive Director Thalia Saplad to make this happen.”
Lambert said his involvement isn’t intended to be permanent, but that he would stay close to International Programs for the next 12-18 months as recruitment, support and marketing efforts ramp up. Shoreline now has about 600 students from countries around the world. In August, 2010, Lambert announced a goal of increasing that number to 1,000 within the next four to five years.
“The presence of International students helps the college continue to provide top-flight programs to all students,” Lambert said. “Higher education is also a valuable export for the state of Washington as identified by Gov. Gregoire.”