Organizational Excellence department created

TO:          Faculty, Staff and Administrators
FROM:    Jack E. Daniels, III, President
DATE:     June 29, 2018
RE:          Organizational Transitions

In pursuit of our college value of excellence and strengthening our foundational work related to Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS), our Shared Governance system, and process improvement, Ali Zarrinnam (current Director of IRE) will be leading a new department — Organizational Excellence — that will report to Dr. Tim Casper, Vice President of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness. This department will include the existing staff of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and the Center for Operational Excellence and be augmented to include Ann Camillo (currently in the Provost’s Office), and Belinda Prahl and Jill List (currently with Human Resources) to support and enhance efforts related to Shared Governance, organizational development and IBPS.

 Dr. Mark Lausch will be taking on a new leadership role reporting to Dr. Tim Casper. Dr. Lausch’ s responsibilities will focus on broad college-wide work to advance our excellence including serving as the accreditation liaison officer and leading efforts such as the Focus on Focus student course success effort and furthering the development of a comprehensive Center for Health and Well-Being to support our faculty, staff and administrators. Lisa Lanting (currently with Human Resources) will be working directly with Mark in the ongoing development of this center.

 Other Human Resources organizational changes include Michelle Wickus, who will  transition to Talent Management and Lyrae Nadolski who will work directly with the Business Partners’ unit. Kristin Gebhardt has transitioned into a new role as Director of Special Projects and Program Development in Continuing Education. Day-to-day operations in Human Resources will be under the guidance of Katie Zingg, Interim Director of Human Resources Operations. Further, after serving in the role on an interim basis for some time, Jenny Bentley will be named the Director of Human Resources Information Systems.

If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Thomas, Tim Casper, or myself. 



Published July 2, 2018. Updated July 25, 2018.