Vermont State Colleges Won’t Lose Any Presidents

Front Page / Aug. 17, 2000 12:00am EDT

A nervously-awaited decision about how many presidents the Vermont State Colleges should have was made Monday by the VSC board: All the presidents will stay.

"Evolution, not revolution," was the watchword, according to a release by the VSC board this week. Those same words were repeated by Jay Goyette, PR director and vice president at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

The Board decided not to consolidate any of the colleges, a move which had been hoped for by some and feared by others, nor will there be any joint presidents. Earlier in the summer, VSC Chancellor Robert Clarke had said the system might end up with anywhere from one to five presidents for the five campuses.

But the VSC board, following a retreat earlier this month, apparently decided to continue with the 11-point consolidation of functions that has been on-going since since January of 1999.

Still, the VSC release indicated that this week’s recommendations "will dramatically change the way the colleges deliver services to students."

The meeting put in place a series of collaborations, that include joint degrees and faculty exchange but apparently do not include substantial changes in course offerings among the five colleges.

"Collaborations" include admissions and recruitment, employee training, workforce education training, and off-campus degree programs.

One example of a recent collaboration, Clarke said, was the development of a cross-college Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems, giving access to courses in all five colleges through distance learning.

Other activities may be "consolidated," administered out of a single campus, instead of being spread among all of them. These include billing, payroll and purchasing, information technology, grantwriting, public relations, skills assessment, and some student administrative services.

College presidents are asked to set priorities by Jan. 1 for the collaborations and consolidations.

At VTC, Goyette said he did not expect the changes would result in major cutbacks and might actually result in additions.

In any case, jobs appear secure for all the VSC colleges, including newly-appointed Allan Rodgers, who began full-time hours at VTC on Aug. 1 and has a two-year appointment.

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