By:Kayla J. Marsh, Independent
A streamlined Brookdale Community College is realigning academics and student services to foster the success of current and future students.
“We are creating a college experience that is more supportive, more streamlined and more in tune with the needs of our students,” Brookdale President Maureen Murphy said. “At Brookdale Community College, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help our students achieve to their fullest potential, as well as making sure we are keeping the door open for all potential future students to boost their education.”
As part of a campus-wide reorganization, eight administrators have been selected to lead the college’s redesigned academic and student services divisions. The appointments, which will be rolled out and implemented by July 1, were announced to the college community on Jan. 20.
According to college officials, the redesigned academic and student services divisions will support Brookdale’s goal of fostering student success by creating clearer pathways and eliminating the redundancies among many programs.
“These appointments move us one step closer to that goal, and everyone involved is excited to get to work,” Murphy said.
The changes in the college’s leadership team include four academic deans, a newFreehold campus dean, and a new dean of enrollment development and student affairs.
Brookdale’s current Freehold campus dean, David Stout, has been appointed to serve as leader of the college’s new Student Success division. According to a press release from the college, the new division will encompass several services, including admissions, career and transfer services, advising, athletics and veterans’ services.
The new dean of Brookdale’s Freehold campus will be Richard Pfeffer, who is currently dean of enrollment development and student affairs.
Pfeffer and Stout will assume their new roles beginning Feb. 2. Three deans were selected to lead the college’s new academic “institutes,” which will help to align related disciplines to better provide students with a comprehensive system of academic and career support, according to the press release.
Carl Calendar, current dean of the English and reading division, will lead the new Humanities Institute.
Jayne Edman, current dean of sciences and health science, will lead the new Health Sciences Institute.
The college’s new Business and Social Science Institute will be led by Patricia Gall, current dean of business and technology.
A search for a dean of the college’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Institute is being conducted internally. Teresa Healy, dean of the mathematics division, will serve as interim dean until the position is filled.
An appointment to the new Innovations Hub has also been made. William Burns, dean of the arts and communications division, will head up the hub and will also oversee the First Semester Experience Program.
The college’s new Weekend and Evening Education division will be overseen by the current dean of social science and education, Franklyn Rother. College officials said the deans will work collaboratively in the coming months with their department chairs, faculty and staff to create and establish long-term priorities for each new division. Each new institute will create a two-year assessment plan that the campus community will learn more about in April.
Faculty and administrators impacted by the reorganization will be given the chance to apply for new positions in the redesigned divisions. Openings will be filled by existing employees whenever possible, according to the press release.
The reorganization comes after the college’s board of trustees approved Murphy’s proposal for a reduction in force.
According to college officials, there will be a net reduction of 47 positions as of July 1. A total of 208 positions will be eliminated, including 35 that are currently vacant. The college will create 126 new positions along with the redesigned divisions. Those openings will be filled by current employees where possible.
Brookdale used $4.8 million in reserve funds this year to close the budget deficit.
According to a college official, the reorganization will result in a balanced budget when fully implemented July 1.
“It’s an exciting time,” Murphy said. “We’re enhancing what we already have in place at the college and building from the experiences of our students and educators.”