As a result of the late-May retirement plans of longtime Vice President John Nicholas (and hastened by the need to begin recruiting Nicholas' replacement) President Scott Bierman yesterday announced a handful of reporting-line shifts and title changes that will come with this end-of-academic year departure.
Essentially Bierman, after consultation with senior staff and members of the college’s board of trustees, plans to divide the current administration division at Beloit into two separate pieces—one under a vice president for budget and planning and treasurer (TBD), and a second under a newly named vice president for human resources and operations (current Director of Human Resources Lori Rhead). The college’s accounting employees will serve in the budget and planning division, while all the current employees and offices in physical plant, grounds, human resources, risk management, and security will be a part of the new HR and operations area.
The college’s print shop, as well as the Turtle Creek Bookstore manager, will also see changes as a part of this new structure. Both will be a part of the Office of Communications and Marketing when all these changes officially take place on June 1.
President Bierman spent much of his day Wednesday speaking with staff in the different offices and divisions involved in these moves. He followed that on Thursday morning with a meeting with a dozen student leaders, including representatives from the Round Table and BSC, to explain the rationale behind these moves in greater detail. The entire campus community got the news when Bierman emailed the campus just before noon on Thursday (if you missed it, check your inbox for an email with the subject line of “Title and Reporting Line Changes”).
In that email, Bierman wrote: “The objective, as you surely can see, is to better enhance the smartest possible decision-making in support of the college’s mission while ensuring, as much as possible, rewarding and productive work-life experiences for all our employees.”
In his meeting with student leaders, the president took pains to address one concern that he had—that these moves may somehow fuel speculation about plans to outsource physical plant personnel or work.
“I want to tell you that there have been no conversations about that. This is not something we are considering,” Bierman told the students who met with him at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Middle College conference room. “Frankly, it wouldn’t make sense for us to do that.”
To see a chart outlining the changes announced yesterday, click here.