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The December Board Report is up, and there is good news (of a sort) and bad news in this one…
~First, the worst: former Dean and all around awesome woman Anna Blum will be punching her last clock as of January 1, 2011. Be sure you say goodbye before you take off for your break. The college will be a little less sunny without her.
~Next, in the Bittersweet category–Dennis Macklin, Ingrid Yonnata, and Leslie Villasenor all got moved around to new work locations (bad), but, remain working for the City Colleges (good!).
~In other news, we got a new Vice Chancellor of Human Resources ($120,000), an Assistant to a Vice Chancellor of Client Services and Student Engagement ($51,500), an Associate Director of Legislative Affairs ($90,000), an Executive Director of Internal Auditing ($104,700), a District Director of Student Engagement ($95,000), an Executive Director of Communications ($125,000), an Assistant Director of Grants and Contracts ($70,694), and another new investigator ($70,000). Some of those were replacements and undeniably necessary (e.g., VC of HR), and I’m sure they’re all good people. Still, in these times of austerity they had$516, 894 to spend on hiring District personnel JUST THIS MONTH, and that’s despite the fact that I didn’t even include the money for the VC of HR since that is so cruicial. And, frankly, (and worse)that’s probably down from the hiring orgy of August and September.
(Meanwhile, since June, the City Colleges of Chicago have hired exactly six new faculty members across all seven city colleges at a cost of $363, 118– Nursing faculty at Malcolm X in October $66,421; a Criminal Justice instructor at Daley for $55, 779 and a Biology person at Wright for $59, 548 in September; a Bio prof ($51,258) and a Math instructor ($56,857), both at Malcolm, both in August; and a Biology faculty member ($73, 255) at Olive Harvey in July. In other words, the City Colleges of Chicago spent more to hire District Administrators in December alone than they’ve spent to hire new faculty over the last six months across all seven Colleges, by a lot. If I include the VC of HR, then they spent 75% more on administrators in December than they did on Faculty in the last six months. And Daley College still doesn’t have a history professor on their full time faculty, a point raised at DWFDW, if I’m remembering correctly. Oh, right; I forgot–there’s a freeze on hiring new faculty. Times are tight. Tighter for some than others, I guess.)
~There’s a new marketing plan. With it, among other goals, they aim to “increase awareness of CCC as a post-secondary education option for perspective students.” (Insert Joke Here)
~FC4 President, Ellen Eason Montgomery addressed the Board and thanked everybody.