MATTOON -- Lake Land College plans to restructure its College Advancement office that handles alumni relations for the school and the philanthropic donations it receives for scholarships and other campus needs.

As part of this proposed restructuring, the Lake Land Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Monday, Aug. 12 on eliminating the director of alumni relations and annual giving position that is held by Dave Cox and eliminating the director of Foundation operations position that is held by Paula Rosine.

The board also is slated to vote on a related proposal from the college's administration to create an alumni engagement and special events coordinator position, and a donor information and database coordinator position.

Regarding the proposed restructuring, the administration issued a statement reporting that the Foundation has experienced "remarkable growth in its donor contributions and the assistance it is able to provide" to students during the past six years.

To establish an "ongoing framework for continued support for donors and students,' the Foundation board recently undertook a strategic planning process with the help of eAdvancement Consulting. As part of the plan, eAdvancement conducted a program review of the Foundation and alumni efforts.

"Among numerous recommendations, the program review concluded the College Advancement office is no longer structured to facilitate a level of service required by the Foundation’s growth," the statement read.

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To "facilitate a level of service required by the Foundation’s growth and meet the emerging needs of the college with regard to philanthropy, alumni engagement and scholarships," the administration will recommend a restructuring plan to the trustees at the Aug. 12 meeting. The recommendation includes eliminating two existing positions and creating two new ones.

The statement noted that an active search is underway to fill the College Advancement executive director vacancy created by Jackie Joines’ upcoming retirement from this post.

If approved by the board, both position eliminations will be effective Aug. 12. The board also is set to vote on separation agreements with Cox, who has been employed by Lake Land since 2005, and Rosine, who has been employed by the college since 2001.

The separation agreements call for Cox to receive a lump sum payment of $18,171 based on his 13 years of college service and equal to thirteen 13 weeks of his salary, and for Rosine to receive a lump sum payment $18,374 based on her 18 years of college service and equal to 18 weeks of her salary.

Lake Land's board will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in room 220 of the college's Kluthe Center branch in Effingham. The board holds a regularly scheduled meeting once a year at Kluthe and always hears a report about the branch during this meeting.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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