Resignation of science dean prompts reorganization of school of sciences
“The Dean of the School of Mathematics and Science has submitted her resignation effective July 10, 2012,” stated Jowel Laguerre, superintendent-president of Solano Community College, in his May 21 SP Direct newsletter to the campus community.
The current dean of the school of sciences is Frances ‘Betsy’ Julian. Julian will be headed to Portland Community College as the new dean of science and technology.
“This is a good opportunity,” said Julian, speaking of her new job at PCC.
“Dr. Julian served us well during her tenure of the college,” Laguerre said in an email. “One good asset of a good educator is that you can move to other opportunities when you wish and she is able to do that.”
In his same message to the campus community, Laguerre stated that the departure of the Julian would provide for a reorganization for the school of sciences.
“If we implement the proposed changes that are being considered, the workload of Dean of the School of Sciences will be alleviated,” stated Lagurre in the message. “The proposal I am putting forward to the School of Sciences, Shared Governance Council/FABPAC and the Governing Board is to put in place two Interim Deans and two Coordinators: one for Mathematics and one for Science.”
“The salaries of the two Interim Deans will be covered by the salary of the current Dean (Julian, school of sciences) and a vacant administrative position,” Laguerre stated in his message to the campus community.
According to Laguerre the vacant administrative position was a fifth dean position being proposed for the upcoming year.
The current 2010-2011 administrative leadership / supervisory / confidential salary schedule lists that the dean of school of sciences earns approximately $93,900 – $118,000 per year.
According to the job announcement both positions will pay the same rate the dean of sciences currently earns.
The two interim deans will be hired from applicants already employed at the college. The job announcement for both positions was sent out on Wednesday, May 23 to the campus community. The deadline for applications was Tuesday, May 29. Interviews are scheduled for Monday, June 4.
The governing board on May 18, 2011 voted to approve a reorganization plan which established the current structure of the school of sciences.
“Trustee Claffey expressed concern about the number of people that will be required to be supervised by one person. Dr. Laguerre responded that in higher education, this ratio is generally higher than in smaller organizations. While this is a critical issue, it is being addressed down the road,” stated records from the governing board minutes.
At the time of the 2011 reorganization, the college expected to garner a savings of $414,000: salaries and benefits for the elimination of three dean positions.