NORTH MANKATO — Since taking over in July as president of South Central College, Annette Parker has had to make some tough, but necessary changes, she said.
Departments have been restructured, positions merged and employees reassigned to other jobs, among other things.
“It's always difficult. But if you always keep the student in mind; that's the role of a community college leader, I think,” Parker said.
For employee-privacy purposes, Parker said she wouldn't comment on specific employee reassignments, and she said she couldn't put a number on the positions that have been affected. But she said the college is nearing the end of its restructuring process and is focusing on carving out a strategic plan that Parker soon will share with the public.
“We've made changes in how we want to look at continuous improvement and how we want to bring departments together and how we want to work toward student success,” she said.
One of the departmental changes Parker made was to put Student Affairs and Academic Affairs under one umbrella, which meant merging positions into the new position of vice president of academic and student affairs.
Parker wouldn't confirm specific reassignments, but W.C. Sanders, the former dean of academic affairs, recently received the title of special projects manager of academics. Parker said the position was newly created because there weren't department chairs in place campuswide, and that was a change she believed was necessary to better serve students.
Suzanne L. Nordblom, who formerly held the position of dean of academic affairs for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, known as STEM, now holds the same title as Sanders. According to human resources, their current job descriptions state in part that Sanders and Nordblom will be responsible for the procedures, resources and training plans associated with preparing new department chairs for their roles.