A restructuring of SIAST campus leadership has left campus directors out of the mix, with two managers per campus replacing the position.
For Prince Albert’s Woodland Campus, this means the elimination of campus director Larry Fladager’s position effective Tuesday, SIAST president and CEO Larry Rosia said, noting that the hiring process for two managers begins immediately.
“SIAST wants to play a major role in the province, and in order to do that we need to be able to change and adapt to the changing world around us, and that’s what we’re trying to do with our tweaking and restructuring,” Rosia said on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, SIAST commissioned the Conroy Ross Partners consulting firm to review its senior management structure.
“The consultants really helped us identify leading practices in contemporary organizational design,” Rosia said.
“They did some interviews with our internal and external stakeholders, they looked at best practices across the country and some international, but the whole purpose was to build as structure that would allow us to capitalize on the opportunities and watch SIAST grow.”
This exercise singled out two key areas as deserving greater focus -- facilities management and campus health, safety and security.
Both areas were previously covered by a single director per campus. The new structure will have one manager for facilities management and one for campus health, safety and security.
The facilities management component has proven increasingly important in recent years, Rosia said, noting that added demand for post-secondary education is putting a strain on current infrastructure.
While we’re planning for growth and accommodating increased demand, we have to make sure our space is used in the most efficient and effective way possible. SIAST president and CEO Larry Rosia
“While we’re planning for growth and accommodating increased demand, we have to make sure our space is used in the most efficient and effective way possible,” he said.
“We’ve got a space crunch at all of our campuses, and we’re in a situation where we need to find different ways to make sure that we can accommodate students and increase their accessibility so that we can continue to provide this industry in this booming economy with the skilled work force it needs.”
Added focus on campus health, safety and security has already begun, Rosia said, citing a recent improvement on campus emergency notification systems.
Although SIAST is doing away with their current one director per campus management system, Rosia noted that this isn’t indicative of poor work on the part of their current directors.
“I don’t want it to go unmentioned the great work that the campus directors have done for SIAST over the years in making us the great organization that we are,” he said.
“They did do some great work for us, but this is all about positioning our organization for growth and making us stronger and putting focus on areas we feel are critical areas that need special attention.”
At latest count in 2012-13, the Prince Albert Woodland Campus had a student population count of 1,890 in their on-campus basic education, apprenticeship, certificate and diploma programs.
Among SIAST’s four campuses in the province there’s a total student population count of 26,000.
Fladager did not immediately return the Daily Herald’s phone call on Tuesday.