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September 18, 2013

New SCC president making major changes

Departments restructured, positions merged and created


Sanders, who has worked at the college 16 years, couldn't be reached for comment. Nordblom declined to comment. She has been at the campus eight years.

Nancy Genelin, the former vice president of academic affairs, has been assigned to the new position of nursing program accreditation specialist. The college is working toward reapplying for national accreditation after falling short several points in 2012 on its first attempt. Genelin has a nursing background.

“We think that's important. Minnesota has a national reputation to maintain as a leader in health care,” Parker said. “Our main goal is to get that accreditation.”

In Genelin's current position, she is “responsible and accountable for providing leadership (and) guidance and developing a nursing compliance program that will help South Central with developing an accredited, successful and sustainable nursing program,” according to human resources. She has been at SCC for 19 years.

Parker declined to comment on whether the positions were temporary reassignments.

Another big change is the merger of workforce education and training under one umbrella, for which the college has launched a dean search. The focus will be on career and technical education; workforce development needs of students, SCC and the community; and developing partnerships with business, industry and government entities.

“We're reorganizing to be more efficient, more effective,” Parker said. “We're removing positions and creating new positions so we can be more effective and more focused on student success.”

Parker said with the positions being created from realignment, anyone can apply when they are posted, including people who have been reassigned to other jobs at the college.

The same is happening on the Faribault campus, Parker said, with some shifting of positions going on between campuses to ensure equity of resources and opportunities.

Parker said she began her tenure by listening to the goals of faculty, staff, students and community members at both campuses in North Mankato and Faribault. And the changes are a direct reflection of what she heard, she said.

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