Hello Forsyth Tech faculty and staff,
I am excited to announce some organizational changes with all of you which I believe will create stronger structural alignment for some teams, while at the same time creating greater individual and collective capacity for driving the critical work toward achieving the outcomes of our Vision 2025 plan. All changes are effective August 1. Also, I hope we will be able to post the VP/CAO position by Monday, July 27.
- Student Academic Success Division
- The instructional services division will now become the Division for Student Academic Success and our new VP will be responsible for Student Academic Success and as Chief Academic Officer. I believe this title change emphasizes our commitment to our student success work and clearly indicates our intention to cultivate an even stronger student-centered culture (versus merely student-focused).
- Business & Financial Services Division
- Auxiliary Services was moved to the Human Resources & Administrative Services Division in December. Now that Kizzy Lea is joining our team as Chief Financial Officer, with a wealth of experience leading Auxiliary Services in her former role, we are moving Auxiliary Services back to the Division for Business & Financial Services. Both Anna Marie Smith and I agree that while the Auxiliary Services team is functioning well and has made significant improvements under HR & Administrative Services, it is better aligned under Business & Financial Services.
- Executive Director Keith Blythe who was previously reporting dotted-line to the VP for HR & Administrative Services and the CFO, will now report to the CFO for both his roles in leading purchasing and auxiliary services.
- Economic & Workforce Development Division
- Jennifer Coulombe is assuming an elevated role with greater responsibility for business-to-business partnerships as well as continuing her organization-wide focus on process improvement. Increasing her duties or enhancing her role comes with a new title as well – Associate Vice President for Business Partnerships and Process Improvement, and she will remain on the executive leadership team. She is also relocating back to her office at Innovation Quarter. Congratulations Jennifer!
- The Career and College Readiness (CCR) department led by Dean Dr. Sydney Richardson, is moving to the newly renamed Division for Student Academic Success, reporting directly to the new Vice President for Student Academic Success/Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Alan Murdock and I agree that this creates better alignment for this degree program and also gives us an opportunity to strengthen the pipeline for progression for our CCR students into their next academic pursuit.
- Equity & Inclusion Division (formerly Equity & Educational Support Services Division)
- In an effort to better align the work of instruction and instructional support services, and to help foster a stronger collaborative partnership between faculty and instructional support staff, I am moving the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Learning Resources Center into the Division for Student Academic Success. Additionally, I have asked Dr. James Cook to assume an elevated role as the Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning. In this expanded role, Dr. Cook will continue to lead the Center for Teaching and Learning, while also assuming leadership for the Learning Resource Center which includes academic tutoring. James may also make additional organizational structure changes within his department and he will join our executive leadership team. Congratulations James and Welcome to ELT!
- The Disability Services team of Dr. Sara Hawks and Erica McMahon currently structured within the Student Success Services division will move to the Equity & Inclusion Division under Dr. Jewel Cherry’s leadership and Student Conduct Officer and Title IX Coordinator Tony McKinnon will remain in the Equity & Inclusion Division as well.
I hope you join me in supporting these new changes and new roles as we work together in our goal to achieve Vision 2025. I am so proud of your commitment and dedication and I look forward to the amazing work we can do together for our students. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
Next Facebook Live
I have been enjoying engaging with our students and with so many of you in the Facebook Live sessions each week. I look forward to continuing these engagement opportunities with our next Facebook Live on July 28 at 2 p.m. Please join me if you can – I look forward to talking with you and answering your questions.
Challenge to Change
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
— Fred DeVito
We are challenging ourselves to make great changes for our students and Forsyth Tech. In spite of the times we are living in, this is the exact time to challenge ourselves to become the best community college we can be. Thank you for continuing to rise up to each challenge. I am grateful to all of you. Stay safe and healthy.
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs
Forsyth Technical Community College