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A Message from President Spar

Dear Faculty and Staff,
 
I hope you have been enjoying the summer and that you have had at least some time to relax and reflect during these lovely months. As we prepare for the new school year, I wanted to inform you of several significant changes that have occurred over the summer break.
 
To begin, the response to the voluntary retirement program was considerably larger than anticipated. Sixteen members of the administration have signed up for the program, though in some cases, final decisions have not been made. Those who do finalize acceptance of the package will be retiring between now and January 2013.
 
The collective contribution of these individuals is impossible to quantify and their departures will change the fabric of the community, both in their own departments and throughout the College.  Because plans are not yet completely certain, it would be premature to list everyone here but, suffice it to say, each of them has played a significant role in our community and will be missed. We will have an opportunity to celebrate our retirees’ incredible service to Barnard with a special College-wide celebration this fall, the details of which will be provided soon.

Meanwhile, with the departure of so many key members of the community, a ripple of change is created across campus. As a result, we are looking at ways to restructure and reorganize certain departments in order to provide the best possible education for our students and the highest level of support for our faculty. At the same time, we are also deeply aware of the College’s ongoing budgetary constraints and thus are always trying to improve services while simultaneously managing and reducing costs.
 
Here are a few of the administrative changes that are underway, by department:
 
Dean’s Office

  • Office of Disability Services: As many of you know, Susan Quinby has retired and the office is being reconfigured to provide comprehensive services to faculty and staff, in addition to students. I am pleased to announce that Morgan Murray, most recently of The New York Institute of Technology, will become the new director as of August 27.
  • Health Services: Also previously announced was the retirement of Brenda Slade. A search is underway for a new director.
  • STEP: Instructor John Adams has retired. Program Director Saul Davis will be retiring, and a search for the new director will occur later in the semester.
  • Dean of Studies: Karen Blank will be retiring after decades of truly invaluable service and dedication to Barnard. Given the significance of Karen’s impact on the College, Dean Hinkson will carefully review the overall functions of the Dean of Studies Office before beginning a search process.

Human Resources

  • We are in the midst of reorganizing the HR office in order to provide the best possible service to the entire community. Instead of specializing in a particular service area (e.g. benefits, hiring, etc.), members of the HR staff will now be generalists, assigned to a number of departments so that each can comprehensively meet the needs of a smaller group of employees.
  • Sollette Baker, Manager of Benefit Programs, will be retiring after 13 years of dedicated service to the College. I am pleased to announce that Tracy Mazza will be joining the College as Senior Generalist on September 10. She brings over 17 years of employee benefits experience and will be coordinating all aspects of our benefits programs in addition to assisting her assigned departments.
  • After a decade of working closely with our faculty in the Provost’s Office, Robin Beltzer will transition to the position of Senior Generalist for academic areas. Robin’s new position is a natural segue from the Provost’s Office as she will continue to manage the myriad logistics for all academic personnel.

Provost’s Office

  • We are looking forward to Linda Bell’s arrival as Provost and Dean of the Faculty. She has been making periodic visits to campus over the summer and will join us full-time in October.
  • Angela Haddad will be leaving after 3 years as Associate Provost to take on the role of Associate Dean for Academic Programs at CUNY’s Hunter College, where she will also serve as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Hunter is very fortunate to have her and we wish her all the best.
  • We are delighted that Hilary Link has agreed to serve as Acting Vice-Provost. While she serves in this role, the international initiatives that she manages so masterfully as Dean for International Programs will be shared by her very capable staff.
  • Gwen Williams, Manager of Academic Administration, will be retiring at the end of the fall semester after 33 years in the Provost Office. A search is underway, though Gwen, of course, is irreplaceable.

Other News

  • As a result of the work completed last semester by the ad hoc Committee on Institutional Assessment, chaired by Professor of Psychology Steve Stroessner, we are establishing a permanent Institutional Research and Assessment Committee to help set priorities for data gathering and reporting for each academic year, as well as for longer-term projects. The Committee, which Steve will chair, will include faculty and key administrative staff.  A search for the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment is underway.
  • Under the leadership of Carol Katzman, Barnard College Information Technology (BCIT) has undergone a year of exciting changes. There is a new team in place including Nancy Mustachio, Director of Enterprise Applications; Michael Abelaj, Director of the Project Management Office; Rodolfo Nunez, Director of IT Infrastructure; and Victoria Swann, Director of User Services.

I want to thank you for your patience as move forward. There is no doubt that change is hard and that it will take some time to adjust. But, change also presents real opportunity for the future of the College. As we continue to work together, I anticipate truly great things for Barnard in the months and years to come.
 
I look forward to seeing you all once classes resume in September.
 
Sincerely,
Debora