Personnel Announcements

Good morning, Colleagues and Trustees, 

As many of you may know, CSN has labored through the recession and for several years with loyal leaders willing to carry an extra load or postpone personal goals for the benefit of the College.  The time has come to shift some duties and spread the load with new folks.  Further, there are new strategic opportunities for CSN that need to be added to an executive portfolio so the College can continue to advance while stepping up its community responsiveness.   To achieve these objectives, I want to announce some exciting personnel changes. 

  • Ms. Patricia Charlton, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, has had a considerable workload, further supplemented with the Financial Aid solution.  She will retain her leadership of administration functions, but assume oversight of strategic initiatives, including the NSHE Collaborative, customer relations, efficiency and effectiveness, and relative efforts.  She will continue her excellent work as Senior Vice President for Administration and Strategic Initiatives.
  • Ms. Mary Kaye Bailey, Associate Vice President for Finance and Comptroller, will become Vice President for Finance.  Ms. Bailey, an outstanding CPA, has accepted this new assignment along with implementation of Integrate2 and CSN’s budget function. 

The changes with Ms Charlton and Ms Bailey are effective October 15, 2014.  

  • Following a national search, Mr. Alan Diskin has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Foundation.  Mr. Diskin has a distinguished record of decades of accomplishments as development officer for Junior Achievement in Las Vegas and has chosen now to expand his excellent service to higher education.   He succeeds Ms. Jacque Matthews who retired this year after nine years of exemplary service. 
  • Following a national search, Ms. Melody Light, from Jackson, Mississippi, has agreed to join the CSN staff as Director of AA/EEO/ADAAA. She held a similar position at a community college in Mississippi, and she was Senior Deputy City Attorney in Jackson. Ms. Light holds two master’s degrees, one in computer science and one in human resources, and a J. D. from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. She begins at CSN on October 27, 2014 and succeeds Mr. Thomas Brown who served CSN for 40 years, include an assignment as interim President.
  • Finally, the search for a new Vice President for Student Affairs has begun with the executive search firm facilitating the search.

Please join me in congratulating everyone involved.

Best regards,

Mike Richards

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