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NEW VP RODNEY JENKINS INTRODUCED TO DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD

Will focus on marketing, fundraising, and new strategy for alumni development

Yavapai Community College formally introduced  its newest addition to the Administration, Mr. Rodney Jenkins, to the District Governing Board at its August 8, 2017 meeting. Mr. Jenkins will assume the duties of Vice President of Community Relations.  This follows the retirement of Steve Walker in December 2016. Jenkins will be responsible for managing Yavapai College’s marketing, communications, public relations, advancement, economic and workforce development, and legislative relations.

Unlike Mr. Walker, Mr. Jenkins will not simultaneously hold the positions of Executive Director of the Yavapai Community College Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization, and  Vice President of Community Relations at the College.

Vice President Jenkins has over 15 years of experience leading marketing and communications departments, political and issues-based campaigns, and strengthening community relations. He served as Lock Haven University’s Vice President of University Relations in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania from June 2012 to the present. His responsibilities there included managing the offices of communications, marketing, special events, athletics, alumni relations and development.

Before moving to Lock Haven, he was the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Dekalb County school system in Georgia, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Director of Corporate Marketing for Cleveland Public Power, and Chief Public Affairs Officer for the City of Cleveland.

Mr. Jenkins emphasized marketing, fundraising, and developing an alumni strategy in his brief comments to the Governing Board. His comments to the board may be viewed below.

Rodney Jenkins new Vice President of Community Relations

Replaces Steve Walker as VP for Community College

Yavapai Community College has announced that Mr. Rodney Jenkins will become the new Vice President of Community Relations.  This follows the retirement of Steve Walker, in December 2016. Jenkins will be responsible for managing Yavapai College’s marketing, communications, public relations, advancement, economic and workforce development, and legislative relations.

Vice President Rodney Jenkins

His expected start date is Monday, July 3.  Unlike Mr. Walker, he will not simultaneously hold the position of Executive Director of the Yavapai Community College Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Vice President Jenkins has over 15 years of experience leading marketing and communications departments, political and issues-based campaigns, and strengthening community relations. He served as Lock Haven University’s Vice President of University Relations in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania from June 2012 to the present. His responsibilities there included managing the offices of communications, marketing, special events, athletics, alumni relations and development.

Before moving to Lock Haven, he was the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Dekalb County school system in Georgia, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Director of Corporate Marketing for Cleveland Public Power, and Chief Public Affairs Officer for the City of Cleveland.

For more information, please go to the College announcement by clicking here.

Associate Dean Candidate Dr. Barbara Waak recognizes importance of advocating for the Verde Campus

Waak vies for appointment as Associate Dean for the Verde Valley Campus with Professor Peggy Liggit

Sometime this week, it is anticipated that a new associate Dean for the Verde Campus will be announced. The two candidates being considered for the position are Dr. Barbara Waak and Professor Peggy Leggit. Professor Leggit is a professor of biology and science education and serves as the director of the Faculty Development Center at Eastern Michigan University in the Ypsilant, Michigan.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Her parents have lived in the Verde Valley for decades.

Dr. Waak was a finalist in the College’s national search in 2015 for this position behind Dr. Kelly Trainer. She was appointed interim Verde Valley Campus Dean in August, 2016 after Dr. Trainor tendered his resignation. She has served in that capacity since her appointment.

Dr. Waak is entering her 23rd academic year on the Verde Valley Campus. She has served in many capacities over her tenure at the College, including Faculty Senate President and Dual Enrollment Liaison for the English Department. She is also an alumni of Yavapai College, attaining an A.A. in education with honors. Dr. Waak earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and English/Linguistics from Northern Arizona University. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2005.

When interviewed by Zachary Jernigan for the May 3, 2017 edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra, Dr. Waak said that she was “very dedicated to this (Verde) campus.” Waak told the reporter that many in the Verde Valley feel that they have been forgotten by the College’s administration in Prescott and need a local advocate. Ms. Ligge indicated she was not aware of the tension between Prescott and the Verde Valley.

While both candidates are well qualified, because of her experience, residence, and thorough understanding of the Verde Campus and the Verde Valley, the Blog is cheering for Dr. Waak.

Verde Valley Governing Board Advisory Committee opposes dual enrollment fee

College ignores Superintendents and Advisory Committee made up of citizens from throughout the Valley

paul e Chavelier addressing governing boardThe Chair of the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee, Mr. Paul Chevalier, reported to the District Governing Board at its January 12 meeting that all seven of the representatives on the Advisory Committee recommended no fee be assessed to high school students in the dual enrollment program. 

He also pointed out that the imposition of a fee on high school students was opposed by all eight Verde Valley superintendents.  (The College ignored the request during the meeting with the Wills’ Administration urging imposition of a $10 per credit fee on each student in the program beginning in the fall, 2016.)

You may view Mr. Chevalier’s statement to the Governing Board by clicking here.

Who is VP Scott Farnsworth?

Who is Scott Farnsworth, Dean of Science, Health, and Public Service; the Interim Vice President to replace Provost and Vice President for Instruction and Student Development, Stuart Blacklaw?

• A Prescott resident and native.

• As Dean of the Sciences, Health and Public Safety Division, he presides over a wide variety of programs and courses from Allied Health to Zumba.

scott farnsworth

Vice President Farmsworth

• He was selected in April 2008 as the Director of Athletics, Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He has 25 years of varied experience in Athletics and HPER.

• He has been elected twice as Faculty Association President for Yavapai College. He has also served as chairman of Arizona’s Athletic Training Regulatory Board, as well as both president and vice president of the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association. Instruction for the Professional Development of Physical Educators.

• He joined the HPER staff at Yavapai College in 1987. He teaches a variety of courses for the department, many of them related to the professional development of physical educators, as well as outdoor recreation.

•As Yavapai College’s first full-time athletic trainer, VP Farnsworth is viewed as instrumental in the success Yavapai College Athletics, which have experienced 8 National Championships in three different sports.

• In 2000 he participated at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia as a member of the Medical Staff for the United States team. He followed up by serving as a volunteer for the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

• He received his B.S., from Brigham Young University in Physical Education and his M.S., from the University of Arizona in Exercise and Sport Science.

According to reliable sources, he cannot be a candidate for the permanent Vice President position.

 

 

Chaos reigns? VP for Instruction and Student Development leaving after mere 18 months

Wills’ attempts to keep Blacklaw’s departure silent as long as possible–Was Governing Board informed before they voted to increase Wills’ salary?

For the past several days, the Blog has been attempting to verify rumors coming from various sources that Provost and Vice President for Instruction and Student Development, Stuart Blacklaw, was abandoning the Prescott administration. Requests to the President’s office to deny or confirm that he was leaving went unanswered. Requests directly to VP Blacklaw to confirm or deny he was leaving likewise went unanswered.

However, several reliable independent sources outside the administration confirmed that he is leaving by late July for a position in Pennsylvania. An announcement by the College was finally made yesterday on its web page (click here to read its announcement). It is clear that the administration’s refusal to respond to the Blog’s request for confirmation of his departure over  the last six days was some kind of effort to keep the decision from the public as long as possible. That effort ended yesterday. 

Stuart Blacklaw

Dr. Stuart Blacklaw

Blacklaw was hired November 1, 2013 and lasted a mere 18 months. He replaced Dr. Greg Gillespie, who left the Wills’ administration to accept a job as president of Ventura Community College in Ventura, California. Blacklaw was made a provost earlier this year by Wills.

Scott Farnsworth, Dean of Science, Health, and Public Service, is taking over Blacklaw’s role as the Interim Vice President. Dr. Blacklaw leaves for Pennsylvania in late July and Dean Farnsworth begins as interim VP July 20 and will continue in that post through the fall term. Reliable sources also inform the blog that Dr. Farnsworth cannot be an applicant for the permanent position. The search to replace Blacklaw is to begin in September.

It is not clear whether Dr. Penelope Wills knew of Blacklaw’s decision to abandon the College at the time the District Governing Board reviewed her work as president on June 9. It is clear that not a word of his pending departure appears in the record of that meeting.