A letter signed by Rappahannock Community College’s Faculty Senate, dated January 19, expresses gratitude and admiration for the efforts of the college’s Executive Staff to maintain high educational standards while supporting the interests of faculty members in the current legislative and financial environment.
Among those commended for “promoting an ongoing positive work environment and continued financial stability” are Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, RCC’s president; Dr. Donna Alexander, vice president of instruction and student development; Kim McManus, vice president of finance and administration; Jason Perry, vice president of workforce development; Cherie Carl, dean of college advancement; and Dr. Glenda Haynie, dean of research and institutional effectiveness.
Some other institutions within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), the Senate mentions, are addressing declining enrollments and reduced state funding by laying off faculty and staff, eliminating services, and increasing class size.
RCC’s leaders, however, have done their best to trim the budget in ways that do not affect employee morale, and have also endeavored to keep faculty members informed and encourage them to take part in administrative decisions.
In particular, says the letter, “Dr. Crowther has been very receptive to input from the Faculty Senate and from other groups such as the President’s Planning and Effectiveness Council and the Support Staff Association.” It continues, “We also appreciate the team effort the administrators are leading to involve all of us in recruiting efforts … And we are aware … that you are working in the community, with legislators, and behind the scenes to promote the mission and goals of the college.”
The letter concludes, “Your leadership is inspirational, and has made RCC not just an institution, but a community with a team atmosphere.”