Northeast State to undergo organizational restructuring

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Northeast State Community College is putting in place a new organizational structure.

According to President Bethany Flora, the goal is to “better focus on student success and institutional excellence.”

It’s also meant to encourage collaboration between academic and student services, as well as support senior staff in finance and resource management.

“This structure will advance a more strategic focus on student success, streamline functions, and encourage partnerships,” Flora said. “We are embarking on a new season together to remove barriers to student success.”

There will be four major divisions at the college: Academic Affairs, Institutional Excellence and Student Success, Finance and Administration and Workforce and Economic Development. 

Flora said the structure will be in play by May 1.

Dr. Susan Graybeal is the new vice president for Insitutional Excellence and Student Success. She was the Institutional Effectiveness officer for Northeast State.

Flora said the new division is charged with working together to lead the college in its institutional excellence efforts with a focus on student success that is driven by data and innovation and creativity through teaching and learning. The division will replace the Student Affairs component of the college.

Within this division, Dr. Jane Honeycutt has been appointed as the assistant vice president for Teaching Excellence and Academic Services, and Greg Walters has been appointed as the assistant vice president for Student Success. Honeycutt is a professor of English and Gender Studies and serves as the Honors Program coordinator. Walters is currently dean of Student Development.

Also, Josh Crowder will work across the division as the project manager for Institutional Excellence, leading all units with their research, planning and analytic needs. He is currently director of Computing Technologies for Research, Analytics, and Planning.

There will be a search for a vice president for Finance and Administration. The goal is to fill the position in June. Longtime vice president of Administrative Services, Fred Lewis, will retire June 1. The new vice president will assume Lewis’ duties and manage grants, finance and human resources.

Flora said Connie Marshall would continue her duties as interim vice president for Academic Affairs, as will Dr. Sam Rowell, who heads Workforce and Economic Development.

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