As some of you may or may not know, the division of Student Affairs at Bridgewater State University (BSU) has been discussing realignment plans since last summer. We spent most of the fall semester assisting our Vice President, Dr. Jason Pina and other division leaders in gathering data to assess how we could be best aligned to serve students. Given the backdrop of BSU’s ongoing conversations of updating the institution’s mission, vision, and values, the experience of going through the realignment process (particularly at a state institution) has been educational and enlightening!
As I celebrate my 8 year work-iversary at BSU, I’m excited to share that beginning July 1st, I will be moving up to the BSU Student Affairs central office as Assistant to the Vice President. As part of the division’s leadership team, my core duties will be:
- Divisional budget management and oversight
- Technology project management and education development
- Strategic marketing and communications management, particularly in ways that engage our students, including social media. This includes oversight of student media organizations and services (including our Print Shop, Radio Station, Newspaper, etc.).
- Continuing to chair our division’s Technology Committee.
… with the goal of fostering a 21st century Student Affairs division that serves students well. This position is an exciting one in the current landscape of Higher Education and Student Affairs, and one that I am looking forward to taking on. I’m grateful to Dr. Pina, Dr. Cathy Holbrook, and Brian Salvaggio for having the confidence in me for this unique and exciting opportunity and looking forward to joining them this summer!
The downside is that the Rondileau Campus Center department will be closed on July 1st and its services and functions will be realigned in and out of the Student Affairs division. My ACUI friends, as well as my former BSU student employees and student leaders, will understand the bittersweet feeling my staff and I have with this coming change, but we know that those taking on our functions (the Conference and Event Services Office and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership) will do a great job. We will spend the rest of this semester developing and implempenting our transition plans, while celebrating our accomplishments as a staff that I have spent eight fantastic years with. In all of this, I can’t help but think of what my current supervisor, Dr. Cathy Holbrook, told me a few years ago. She believed that my next job would be something that had not been created yet in Student Affairs… well, she was right (as she often is!)
Transition and change are never easy, but often necessary in higher education organizations in order to grow and be prepared for the next generation of students. With the backdrop of my ongoing doctoral work, I look forward to sharing more lessons and insights as we go through our organizational shifts.
Do you know anyone in a Student Affairs organization, at the leadership level, to have the core functions I outlined above? Have you been through a realignment or reorganization in Student Affairs? What advise do you have?