Margot Mata, currently serving as SWTJC’s Associate Vice President of Outreach, was named successor to Dr. Blaine Bennett in Thursday’s SWTJC Board of Trustees meeting. Bennett, who announced his retirement early last week, will continue to serve as VP of Student Services for the remainder of the academic year and through the summer. Mata will begin working with Bennett as VP-elect effective June 1, 2014.
President Gonzales also announced the retirement of Associate Vice President Richard Whipple, effective July 2014.
In addition to appointing Mata the next VP of Student Services, the SWTJC Board of Trustees also approved a significant change to the faculty leadership structure.
Dr. Cheryl Sanchez presented the new model, which includes the consolidation of several current divisions, the elimination of the department chair position, and a revision of division chair roles and responsibilities.
New division titles include the Allied Health and Human Services; Arts and Sciences; Business, Industrial, and Technical Studies; Developmental Studies; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The new 10-month college administrative division chair positions will be filled via committee interview before the start of the Fall 2014 semester.
Construction on the SWTJC Del Rio campus is almost complete. Del Rio’s new Administration building is already occupied, with the classroom building nearing completion. The last step in the construction process is the movement of portable buildings to their new locations.
The Board of Trustees heard preliminary plans for expansion of the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus. These plans include the addition of 18 classrooms, a library, an IT center, a multi-purpose room, a physics lab, an office for workforce development, a canteen area with an outdoor dining court, and the addition of nearly 100 new parking spaces. President Gonzales explained that these plans are intended to accommodate continued enrollment growth on the Eagle Pass campus.
Vice President of Finance Anne Tarski reported on a budget cut in response to a reduction in SWTJC enrollment.
Other business included changes to the Faculty Handbook, an update to the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, and a report on the AIT program by Bonny Herndon.
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