MOUNT VERNON — Low enrollment at Central Ohio Technical College has resulted in the elimination of President Bonnie Coe’s cabinet, including Mount Vernon resident Joel Daniels.
Central Ohio Technical College, as of Aug. 27, reached an enrollment of 3,819 students for the autumn semester, or 829 students short of the enrollment goal of 4,648 students, not taking into account students who withdraw for various reasons. Since the college’s budget is directly linked to enrollment, a budget deficit of between $4.2 million and $6.3 million has been projected for this school year and staff reductions have been implemented to help off-set that budget shortfall.
“As a state institution, COTC is publicly accountable to operate with peak efficiency,” Suzanne Bressoud, assistant director, marketing & public relations wrote in an e-mail to the News. “The college is currently staffed (including faculty and staff) at a level to support a head count student enrollment of 5,000, creating necessary adjustments to bring staffing levels in alignment with current student alignment. ... Final enrollment for autumn will be available during the first week of September.”
The first round of cuts dissolved the president’s cabinet: Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Richard Prystowsky; Vice President for the Extended Campuses & New Business Development Joel Daniels; and Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Life Dr. John Berry. The position of director of government relations and grants, currently filled by Joy Padgett, was eliminated Aug. 31, as well as the position of Administrative Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Raymond Irwin. Unnecessary travel professional development and other discretionary expenses have been curtailed, and a hiring freeze has been extended and expanded.
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