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A Message from the Vice President for Administration & Finance

October 24, 2018

Josee Larochelle, Vice President of Administration


Recently, I had the good fortune to see many of you at the Administration and Finance Fall Divisional Meetings.  Holding regular meetings is part of our strategic plan to keep you better informed about the good work that is occurring in our division.   

For those who attended, I hope that you walked away with a better understanding of what we have accomplished this past year with our strategic planning efforts, the College’s current financial position, and our progress on major capital and construction projects.  I also hope that you took the opportunity provided by our implicit bias training to reflect upon issues of identity, bias, and consider ways that we can collectively make our campus more welcoming to all people.   

If you were not able to make the meeting, I encourage you to review the presentation.  I have also summarized highlights and resources below:

  • ACCOMPLISHMENT # 1: We have developed our first new strategic plan in nearly 20 years, including new mission, vision, and values. Cross-functional teams are working on implementing the 18 goals and 92 action steps across the following four strategic areas of focus:
    • Communication
    • Cost Savings and Efficiencies
    • Team Building and Morale
    • Retention and Development of Current Employee
  • ACCOMPLISHMENT # 2: Progress continues on achieving the goals outlined in the College’s Financial Stability Plan. Key updates include:
    • Fiscal Year 2017/18 billed tuition revenue exceeded budget by over $1 million.
    • Fiscal Year 2017/18 total campus spending was $6.1M less than budgeted.
    • Permanent expenditure reductions of $1.7M in fiscal year 2018/19 were achieved.
    • The targeted permanent expenditure reductions for FY19/20, 20/21, & 21/22 are $1.4M, $600,000, & $450,000 respectively.
  • ACCOMPLISHMENT # 3: The campus has developed a five-year capital project plan to improve institutional planning, resource allocation, and inform project priorities and continued to make progress on important construction projects to improve our facilities and better serve the needs of our campus community. While a full list of projects can be found on our construction project website, a few highlights include:
    • Angell College Multicultural Unity Center
    • Angell College Center Bathrooms
    • Macomb Hall Renovation
    • Memorial Hall Renovation
    • Sibley Hall Roof
  • Butterfly Blaise and Zyaijah Nadler of the College’s Title IX Office conducted a training on recognizing implicit bias and its importance for creating a diverse community that embraces inclusion. This training was part of the College’s Campus Climate Action Plan and intended to encourage employees to reflect upon their own understandings of these topics as we seek to create an environmental more welcoming to all people.  The Title IX Office has provided us with additional resources about this topic for your review. 

I hope you will join us at our next divisional meeting in February 2019.  See you then!


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