TNCC President Announces Organizational Restructuring

Published: January 11, 2010

On Thursday, January 7, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) President Alvin J. Schexnider announced organizational restructuring necessitated by current and anticipated budget cuts. Seven faculty administrative positions, eight classified positions and six part-time positions will be eliminated. These changes are necessary to help the College improve efficiency and remain a strong and viable organization that will continue to bring vitality to the region and to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“In the last four years, Thomas Nelson Community College has experienced deep cuts. I remain committed to total transparency to the College community and will do my very best to minimize the effects of the budget shortfall while protecting mission-critical functions for our students,” President Schexnider said.

The severe national economic downturn has affected Thomas Nelson Community College, just as it has other state agencies. “In spite of the mid-year tuition increase effective spring 2010 and while we have contained costs in all areas in an effort to reduce the impact of state budget cuts, we regret that those efforts are not sufficient to absorb the current and anticipated cuts,” Vice President for Finance and Administration Charles Nurnberger said. TNCC has experienced $3 million in budget reductions since July 2007. For FY 2011, an estimated $2.1 budget reduction is expected.

Among the restructuring efforts announced on January 7, Thomas Nelson Community College’s Division of Academic Affairs has taken the opportunity to work smarter by reorganizing its academic divisions to balance the workload based on three factors: number of students enrolling in programs, number of graduates in programs and the number of full-time faculty.

The final results produced three divisions that are fairly balanced in all three areas. These three academic divisions will be identified as Business, Public Safety, Information Systems and Mathematics (BPSISM); Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS); and Engineering, Science and Allied Health (ESAH).

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