FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS RELEASE For More Information Janet Wise, Marketing and Public Relations (505) 428-1217 SFCC Reorganizes Academic and Student Affairs Division Santa Fe, NM, July 13, 2005 — Santa Fe Community College has reorganized its academic and student affairs division to accommodate increasing enrollment and to better serve students and the SFCC community. Some of the changes in the college’s academic area were driven by the need to meet an increasing demand for trained workers in allied health and related fields. The college is currently investigating the feasibility of an allied health and health sciences facility. Under the reorganization, three SFCC administrators received new titles and additional duties. Dr. Julie Good was named dean of health and laboratory sciences. Dr. Good, formerly chair of SFCC’s fitness education department, began her service at SFCC in 1997. She will continue to oversee the fitness division and assume additional duties related to the college’s health and sciences programs (biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy) as well as nursing, dental, EMS, the dental clinic, and new allied health classes and programs. Dr. Meredith Machen has become assistant vice president for educational leadership. Dr. Machen will target improvement of academic access for high school students dually enrolled in college-level classes. She will oversee the Achieving the Dream private grant to support the success of the increasing number of first-time, degree-seeking college students, as well as continue managing adult basic education, developmental studies, early childhood development and teacher education programs. Dr. Machen has worked at SFCC since 1983 in numerous capacities, most recently as dean of health and education. (more) SFCC Reorganization (page 2) Jill Douglass has been named assistant vice president of academic services and student retention. Douglass, who has been with SFCC for 15 years as director of counseling and special services, will add to her duties administration of student activities, student retention and academic support services. She will also administer the Trio Program — a $220,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Education earmarked for support services aimed at increasing retention and graduation rates of low-income and first-generation college students. As part of the reorganization, the former division of arts and sciences was renamed the liberal arts division. It remains under the leadership of Dr. Dan Primozic. “We are lucky to the have the depth and quality of management within the college to make these key changes and better accommodate the needs of students,” said Jim McLaughlin, president of SFCC. “These efforts are not only designed to make the college more accessible and affordable for students, but to expand student’s opportunities and ensure their success within the community.” About Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe Community College serves more than 14,500 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult basic education programs. The 21-year-old college offers academic, career and personal-enrichment programs and services to meet the needs of business, government and the region’s diverse population. For further information, visit www.sfccnm.edu or call (505) 428-1000.
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