SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A retirement in Slippery Rock University's Center for Lifelong and Community Learning has necessitated a reorganization of responsibilities that William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said will keep the office efficient, while simultaneously producing a budgetary savings.
The center, housed at 165 Elm St., in downtown Slippery Rock, oversees, integrates and develops initiatives in adult and continuing education, career development, business industry and community workforce training and education. The center's primary responsibility is to expand the University's educational opportunities to adults and employers within the University's service area and among alumni.
"When Jim Kushner, dean for lifelong and community learning, retired, it gave us an opportunity to reorganize and redistribute responsibilities without having to replace him, thus resulting in personnel cost savings," Williams said.
"The center's programs, including the Learning in Retirement Program for adult seniors, have been very successful," Williams said. "The reorganization has allowed us to continue expansion and growth in all programs at the center."
Some of the center's workforce development areas are responsible for generating income to cover their costs, with profits benefiting the University, he said.
The reorganization also made sense from an overall University-organization standpoint with functions related to various colleges now more closely linked to specific University's colleges.
Workforce Development Programs, headed by James Brockman; workforce and community education, headed by Merilee Madera; and SRU's Executive Leadership Program, headed by Erin Strain, now report to Bruce Russell, dean of the University's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences.
The center's responsibilities for overseeing operations at the McKeever Environmental Learning Center located at Sandy Lake and headed by Fran Bires, and the Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education on Main Street, headed by Kathleen Paul, now report to Sue Hannam, dean of SRU's College of Health, Environment and Science.
Both McKeever and PCEE are managed by SRU through funding provided directly from the Pennsylvania legislature.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives. -