roles for two administrators
two familiar Mission College staff members, this fall
semester looks a bit different than previous ones. Theyve
spent the summer preparing for the start of school in new
Green, former college compliance officer, was appointed acting
vice president for student services in July. Just prior to
that, Maury Pearl, formerly associate dean for institutional
research and planning, was appointed interim dean of technology.
For Green, the move from compliance to student services marked
a return to familiar territory. In previous jobs at UCLA,
he was involved in programs dealing with disabled students,
career counseling, student activities, conduct issues, and
Green has responsibility for about 40 employees working in
admissions, financial aid, EOP&S, the office of veteran
and international student affairs, student health services,
disabled student services, and the Child Development Center.
He spent much of his initial weeks on the job meeting with
department heads, and learning their needs and issues. He
continues to meet with them weekly.
"Im a big believer in communication," said
Green. "Its important for me to know the specific
needs and problems of my various departments in order to properly
convey those issues to (President Barrera) and the executive
Preparation for fall semester registration has kept him busy,
but now he looks forward to the start of the semester, to
meeting students, and helping them resolve their problems.
"College is a great time in a persons life,"
he said. "For me to be part of that, to really get to
know the students and the issues theyre dealing with,
is something I know Ill enjoy."
Pearls new assignment has kept him equally busy. His
primary task has been to oversee the restructuring of the
campus technological services into three distinct units:
network support group (which maintains the local area network
and email system); administrative support group (which is
responsible for the Helpdesk system); and instructional support
(providing assistance to the LRC Commons and adjoining instructional
"Were still working out details, but the basic
structure is in place and moving forward," he said.
Some completed tasks include the reclassification of several
employees to insure they are properly salaried for the technological
work they do and moving the network support staff from the
cold and dark server room to a more pleasant working environment.
A major project on Pearls plate has been the installation
of more than 120 high-grade computers to replace aging units
in the LRC Commons and two instructional labs (see "The
LRC Computer Commons," home page). Pearl described the
new computers as vastly superior to the old ones.
"The computers are very state of the art and fast, "
he said. "The monitors are flat-screened, very sleek
looking. We wont have as many of the breakdowns and
outages that have frustrated students in the past."
Still ahead for the technology dean is the switchover of the
campus email system to Microsoft Outlook 2003. For employees
nervous about the change, Pearl said training sessions will
Addressing the "interim" portion of his title, Pearl
said Mission College is seeking funds to make the position
a permanent one. Whatever happens, Pearl said he's pleased
to have pioneered the role.
"The long-term role of the position still has to evolve,"
he said, "but the structure is there for the college
to hire a dean of technology."
BY EDUARDO PARDO