CWUNewsNews of Alaska Air Group Joins CWU Board of Trustees, 07 May 2014 11:59:40<p><img alt="Glenn S. Johnson" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 180px; height: 270px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Glenn S. Johnson a trustee of Central Washington University. Johnson is executive vice president of Alaska Airlines Group and president of Horizon Air Industries.</p><p>“I'm honored to be joining the Board of Trustees at CWU," said Johnson, who has been involved with the university’s aviation program for several years. "CWU has an excellent reputation for educating a diverse student population to prepare them for a broad array of careers in the workforce. I’m particularly impressed with Central’s philosophy focusing on hands-on learning."</p><p>Johnson has been executive vice president of Alaska Air Group, Inc. since November 2012.&nbsp; Over the past 30 years at Alaska, he has overseen customer services, finance, strategy, project management, maintenance and engineering, information technology, and corporate real estate.</p><p>"We're thrilled to welcome Glenn as a trustee of CWU," said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “His financial expertise will be a great asset as we move to responsibility centered management among our colleges. He brings strong business experience, commitment to education, and great knowledge of the state's political world."</p><p>In past years, Johnson served as chief financial officer for Alaska Air Group overseeing airport maintenance, services, and engineering. As the senior vice president of customer service at Horizon Air, Johnson oversaw operations at 40 airports across the United States and Canada.</p><p>Gaudino says CWU’s hospitality initiative will benefit from Johnson's knowledge of customer service. "CWU is continuing to improve our service to our students, to the community, our alumni, and everyone who comes to us," Gaudino said. "We look forward to learning from Glenn’s great experience in this area."</p><p>Johnson will serve from April 2014 to September 2017 in a position vacated by Kate Reardon.</p><p>CWU's aviation program, established in 1975, is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Northwest. The Horizon Air Direct Hire program allows qualified CWU flight technology graduates to interview with Horizon for flight officer positions with only 750 total flight hours and 50 multi-engine flight hours.</p><p><strong>CONTACT: </strong>Linda Schactler | CWU Public Affairs | Cell: (509) 607-4103 | <a href=""></a></p>CWU Leadership Team Reorganizes to Focus on Responsibility Centered Management, 16 Jan 2014 09:06:53<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced a reorganization of the university’s leadership team that will bring new focus to implementing Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) planning for new demands upon university operations, and addressing the June retirement of Chief of Staff Sherer Holter.</span></p><p>Holter will immediately move to the position of vice president of operations, which she will hold through June. Stevan DeSoer, chief human resources officer, will assume the role of vice president of operations on July 1, following Holter’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Schactler, who has served as the executive director of public affairs since 2010, will add the chief of staff duties to her current assignment. George Clark, vice president of finance and business services/chief financial officer, will focus exclusively on university finance: budgeting, auxiliary services, finance, payroll, and enrollment management.</p><p>Gaudino said the adjustments position the cabinet to address new financial, social, and political realities that confront the university.</p><p>“Along with the provost, this experienced and talented team is prepared to address an entirely different world than the one in which we operated five years ago,” said Gaudino, noting that student enrollment has risen by 1,000 students while state funding has fallen by half. “Mr. Clark’s fiscal savvy has to focus on the culture change that Responsibility Centered Management will require.”</p><p>RCM is an approach to operations that drives decision making from the Office of the President to operational units—colleges, in the case of CWU.&nbsp; The college deans are responsible for setting priorities and generating their own revenue through student credit hours. Good decisions reward the colleges that make them and also benefit the university generally. In addition, RCM emphasizes the importance of faculty shared governance in shaping academic units.</p><p>Gaudino said Clark's new fiscal challenges also would include implementing a new budgeting system and transitioning from an accounting system dependent on thousands of&nbsp; “project identification” numbers (PIDs) to a modern and efficient “chart of accounts.”&nbsp; The new system will provide a better understanding of the university’s financial health by articulating the accounts that define each class of items for which money is spent or received.</p><p>The vice president of operations will lead the departments of Information Services, Information Security, Organizational Effectiveness, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Police and Parking Services.&nbsp; President Gaudino said DeSoer is well prepared to assume the new operations position, which recognizes the extraordinary demands on and the great importance of the university's operational departments.</p><p>“It’s absolutely critical to have strong leadership in the daily operations of CWU along with someone who is a strong operational manager, like Sherer,” said Gaudino, adding that Holter has led the rapid and significant upgrade of university information systems in just a few months. “Steve brings operational understanding and knowledge of the university to this role and will ensure a smooth and transparent transition for our staff and the university. His expertise helps to ensure that we continue to attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce.”</p><p>DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University.&nbsp; A national search for the new chief human resource officer will begin immediately.</p><p>Schactler assumes chief of staff responsibilities in addition to those of her current position as executive director of Public Affairs, which includes state and federal government relations, marketing, media relations, issue management, and university communications. The chief of staff develops and manages special projects for the president, provides coordination, and acts as liaison with campus officials, and external constituents on all matters of interest to the president, along with serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“Linda has the common sense, discretion, and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” said Gaudino, noting that Schactler served in a similar capacity as deputy director of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Schactler holds a master of arts in English Literature from Washington University (St. Louis). She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issue management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She also served as the communications director for the Washington State Senate.</p><p><br>Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,<br>&nbsp;</p>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Students, 01 Oct 2013 10:41:10<p>Rapid processing of federal financial aid and federal contingency plans will protect students at Central Washington University from the most extreme effects of the shutdown of the federal government. The failure of Congress to approve a continuing budget resolution by midnight last night will disrupt the operation of federal programs, including agencies and programs that fund higher education research and many student assistance programs.</p><p>"In preparation for the imminent shutdown, CWU requested reimbursement for all federal awards that had incurred costs. However, we can only be reimbursed for funds we've spent," explained Connie Williams, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. "We've received payment for about 83 percent of what has and will be spent in the next few weeks. We'll cover the remaining 17 percent until Congress agrees on a budget."</p><p>Last week CWU received a memo from US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining the contingency plan for the US Department of Education (DOE) in the event of a government shutdown. The memo said work required to process Pell Grants and subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will continue as normal. Federal employees necessary to support those functions are among the agency's top priorities.</p><p>Federal reimbursements to CWU received so far total about $13.7 million in federal loans and $70,000 for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest financial need. As of close of business yesterday, the last day of the federal fiscal year, Williams said about $5 million in loan packages had been offered to, but not officially accepted by, students. If the aid is accepted within the next week, CWU may have to cover those payments until Congress approves a budget.</p><p>Of the total Pell grant funding of $5.5 million, CWU has allocated and received federal payment for about $4 million. Williams said CWU also will hold Pell recipients harmless from the effects of the government shutdown.</p><p>"The bottom line is that students, who were awarded and have accepted federal financial grants and loans by September 30, should not be affected by the federal government shut down," said Williams.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU federal research and non-research funding also may be affected, because reimbursement requests for other grants and contracts are typically processed after September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. Funding processing may be suspended until a continuing resolution is approved. The university will be able to submit requests for new awards, but they will not be processed until a new continuing resolution is adopted.</p><p>CWU already has received federal funding for the 2013-2014 school year for the McNair Scholars program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Higher Education Program (HEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which prepares more than 2,000 middle school students in central Washington for success in college.</p><p>However, CWU’s Army ROTC program received a direct hit. Government Services employees had to be furloughed, which will delay books, tuition, room and board and monthly stipends for cadets, since appropriate paperwork cannot be processed. The program is working with the university to avoid any adverse affects on students.</p><p>At this time there is no information on any impact to veteran’s programs through CWU’s Veterans Center.</p><p>Under the contingency plan of the DOE, 90 percent of employees would be immediately furloughed. During the first week of a shutdown the agency would maintain only functions related to the discharge of the duties of presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed individuals; the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other pre-authorized payments and obligations.</p><p>A shutdown lasting longer than a week, could affect the processing of student loans/grants and payments. Programs using mandatory or multi-year funding from a prior year would continue to operate through a government shutdown, though likely at a slower rate with far fewer employees. The text of the full OMB Contingency Plan may be accessed at:</p><br><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>October 1, 2013</p>New Student Trustee Appointed to CWU Governing Board, 16 Aug 2013 11:39:50<p><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; "></p><p>Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Central Washington University senior Amy McCoy to the student-trustee position on the university’s Board of Trustees (BOT) for the 2013-14 academic year.</p><p>“I’m deeply honored to be given this opportunity to serve the Central Washington University community,” said McCoy. “It’s my desire to be an instrumental asset to both the student body as well as the Board of Trustees.”<br>McCoy, 42, originally from Santa Clarita, California, is majoring in geography at CWU and considering seeking a CWU master’s degree in Resource Management. She has three children: Patrick, 15, who attends Ellensburg High School; Madelyn, 12, a Morgan Middle School student; and Mark, 10, who is enrolled at Lincoln Elementary.<br>“My children and I will be staying here in Ellensburg and making this community our home,” she noted.&nbsp;<br>Prior to coming to CWU, McCoy was the 2011-12 Tacoma Community College student body president and, the previous year, served as its vice president of Legislation and Records. From 1993 to ’98 McCoy was a combat medic, worked as an orderly room nurse, and was assistant to the commander during her time in the US Army and with the National Guard.</p><p>“Our past student trustees have reaffirmed the board’s belief in the role of students in the governance of the university,” said Sid Morrison, chair of the CWU BOT. “We have been going through some challenging days for higher education here in Washington. The board will look to Amy for help as we develop the answers that work for the entire university.”</p><p>McCoy was appointed as the 16th student selected to serve on CWU’s governing body. She replaced Lindsey Sire, whose 2012-13 term expired on June 30.</p><p>The Washington State legislature created a student seat on the governing bodies of the six state public higher education institutions in 1997. Each student trustee serves a one-year term, and is a full-voting board members on all issues, with the exception of personnel matters.</p><p>McCoy’s term began on July 29 and will conclude June 30, 2014.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p>Blind alleys in the state budget on college tuition, 01 May 2013 08:57:23<p><img alt="" src="/trustees/sites/" style="width: 80px; height: 112px; "></p><p>"The state budget still says my school, Central Washington University, is funded for 8,808 students, but we’re actually serving closer to 10,000. Believe it or not, comprehensive universities such as CWU, Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University receive less funding per student, about $2,560, than community colleges do, which receive $2,850 per student, and less than half of what the state spends per K-12 student at $6,400. The state provides about the same amount per student to comprehensive universities as it did in 1991, when a gallon of gas was $1.23 and a movie ticket cost $4," writes CWU&nbsp;Trustee Ron Erickson in a Seattle Times guest editorial.</p><p>Read more <a href="">here.</a></p>CWU BRIEFING ROOM, 10 Aug 2012 12:13:17<P><A href="">CWU Briefing Room</A></P> <P>A users guide to state government.&nbsp;</P>CENTRAL TODAY, 10 Aug 2012 12:10:51<P><A href="">Central Today</A>&nbsp;-</P> <P>Daily update on what's happening on campus&nbsp; - announcements, events, training, etc.</P>