Ease Into New Duties
SYLMAR For 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 roles.
David 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
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 recruitment.
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 staff."
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."
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 labs).
"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
"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 be available.
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