MATTOON — Lake Land College has moved forward with plans to restructure its College Advancement office that handles alumni relations and philanthropic donations.
The Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday to eliminate the director of alumni relations and annual giving position held by Dave Cox and the director of Foundation operations post held by Paula Rosine. They also created an alumni engagement and special events coordinator position, and a donor information and database coordinator post.
Lake Land President Josh Bullock said the Foundation board had eAdvancement Consulting conduct a program review of the alumni and Foundation efforts as part of a strategic planning process. He said this consultant has recommended restructuring the College Advancement office to "better serve students and donors" in the long term.
Bullock said this restructuring includes eliminating the personnel changes and moving the College Advancement office's accounts receivable responsibilities to Lake Land's accounting office and the scholarship fund responsibilities to the financial aid offices.
Regarding the new positions, Bullock said one will coordinate a database of donor information and conduct related research. He said the other will coordinate alumni engagement plus alumni related activities and other special events. Their responsibilities also will include connecting students with alumni in their career fields of interest.
The trustees made few comments about the restructuring as they as they voted to eliminate the two directors positions, create the two coordinator posts, and approve a separation agreement with Cox. A proposed agreement with Rosine was removed from the agenda during the meeting. Cox was in attendance.
"While the reorganization plan came as a bit of a surprise, I have enjoyed my time at Lake Land College and I am proud of the accomplishments that led to many student success stories over the past 13 years," Cox said prior to the meeting. Cox said he looks forward to the next phase of his career.
Lake Land is scheduled to start the search process for the new coordinators early this fall. Lake Land has reported that a search is underway to fill the College Advancement executive director vacancy after Jackie Joines retires from this post at the end of December.
In other matters, the board met at the Kluthe Center branch in Effingham. Branch Director Karen Kull reported that the Kluthe-anchored physical therapy assistant program has received the maximum ten-year accreditation offered by this field's commission. She said this is one of Kluthe's most popular academic programs, enrolling 47 students in fall 2018.
The board also voted to hire Mackenzie Floyd of Mattoon as a new nursing instructor.