Expanding NVC’s Leadership Structure

For more than 21 years, Northwest Vista College has been changing, evolving and expanding our reach to a broader sector of our community. We have grown from serving 12 students and offering courses at local high schools, churches and at the Southwest Research Institute to serving over 17,000 students on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation.

There is no doubt that NVC has been growing. We have come a long way from having just a few faculty and staff members housed in portable buildings to over 170 full-time and 706 part-time faculty as well as 206 full-time and 165 part-time staff spread across 10 college buildings and a couple of off-site locations.

As NVC continues to grow, the NVC Cabinet recognizes the need to grow and expand our college organizational leadership model. This is precisely why we are broadening our leadership structure with the creation of two new groups: the Cabinet Leaders Council and the NVC Leadership Council.

The role of the Cabinet Leaders Council is to provide additional viewpoints through the shared leadership model on the day-to-day operations of the college that include student success, communication, budget, grant funding, etc. The team’s first meeting and current areas of focus include strategies to move more students from part-time to full-time, NVC’s mission, vision, values, touchstones and culture.

The role of the NVC Leadership Council is to provide strategic planning and address major college initiatives. At the first meeting in March, the NVC Leadership Council discussed the role that NVC Touchstones play in strengthening NVC’s culture and success. In addition, the group discussed how we might regain our sense of community and operationalize our values given the the size of our college facilities and the number of faculty and staff that are scattered across all the buildings and departments. The group also talked about the role that the Alamo Institutes will play and how that might serve as a vehicle in the re-emphasis of our Touchstones and values.

These two new leadership groups will continue to evolve and NVC will continue to consider other ways to strengthen our culture and support for students and the community we serve. If you have any suggestions, feel free to send them to me.

Cabinet Leaders Council
Adam Aguirre Faculty Senate President
Dr. Ric Baser NVC President
Judy Camargo Director of College Grants & Development
Jennifer Comedy-Holmes Dean of Student Success Services
Pat Fontenot Dean, Workforce Education & Training
Dr. Russell Frohardt Dean, Arts & Sciences
Debi Gaitan Vice President of Student Success
Dr. Eliza Hernandez Director of Institutional Research
Lisa McGoldrick Executive Assistant to the President
Hannah Reinhard President, Student Government Association
Erin Sherman Vice President, College Services
Renata Serafin Director of Community & Public Relations
Downa Upshaw Staff Council President
Dr. Amy Whitworth Vice President, Academic Success

 

NVC Leadership Council
Adam Aguirre Faculty Senate President
Dr. Ric Baser NVC President
Debi Blake Director of Title V Project Math Paths
Julie Boerm Dual Credit/College Coordinator High School Programs
Gary Bowling Director of Student Success
Christina Brown Director of Academic Advising
Judy Camargo Director of College Grants & Development
Jose Castillo Institute Team Lead
Dr. Richard Chamblin Natural & Physical Sciences Chair
Jennifer Comedy-Holmes Dean of Student Success Services
Dr. Trina Cowan Social Sciences Chair
Lynne Dean Director of Institutional Advancement
Rich DeMouy Risk Management
Terri Dimas Institute Team Lead
Rosalinda Encina Financial Aid Lead
Pat Fontenot Dean, Workforce Education & Training
Dr. Russell Frohardt Dean, Arts & Sciences
Debi Gaitan Vice President of Student Success
Dr. Eliza Hernandez Director of Institutional Research
Charles Hinkley Humanities Chair
Glo Jimenez Senior Coordinator
Tim Jones Fine & Performing Arts & Kinesiology Chair
Laura Lawrence Director of Instructional & Professional Development
Virginia Leggett Director of Resource Management
Gloria Lopez Technology Support Manager
Vivianne Marioneaux Institute Team Lead
Heather McCreery Chair of Workforce
Lisa McGoldrick Executive Assistant to the President
Ralph Mendez Institute Team Lead
Marie Morgan Director of Student Life
Mike Munoz Institute Team Lead
Dr. June Pedraza English & Reading Chair
Steve Philbrick Institute Team Lead
Linda Reeves Librarian
Hannah Reinhard President, Student Government Association
Felix Salinas Director of Information & Communication Technology
Patricia Sanchez Business Office Lead
Robin Sandberg Director of Enrollment
Janie Scott Special Projects Manager
Erin Sherman Vice President, College Services
Renata Serafin Director of Community & Public Relations
Denise Tolan QEP Lead
Downa Upshaw Staff Council President
Dr. Scott Walker Institute Team Lead
Dr. Amy Whitworth Vice President, Academic Success
Dr. Qiaoying Zhou Mathematics & Engineering Chair

 

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