Sierra College provost plans to step down
Tina Ludutsky-Taylor, provost and founding president of the Nevada County’s Sierra College campus, announced her resignation Thursday night at a meeting in Rocklin.
“I am resigning, effective June 30, 2006, basically to pursue career opportunities like presidencies of community colleges outside California,” she said. “I’ve actually been with Sierra College 10 and a half years now.
“I was originally hired in 1995 to oversee the final construction of the Sierra College Nevada County campus and to get it up and running. I’ve accomplished all that I set out to 10 and a half years ago, including passing a $44.4 million bond for construction of the phase II of the campus facility’s master plan. The bond was approved in November 2004. I’ve accomplished my task and it’s time to move on.”
Neal Allbee, dean of the Sierra College Nevada County campus, said he is pleased that Ludutsky-Taylor made the decision to do what was best for her.
“Personally, I am very happy for Tina in her being able to achieve her goals,” he said. “She has been a driving force in the development and the success of the Sierra College in the Nevada County.”
According to Ludutsky-Taylor, her decision was partially based on her wanting to move to the southwest – New Mexico, Arizona or Colorado. She lived in New Mexico for 22 years before moving to California.
“There are a number of positions that are open now in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado that I have been contacted about,” she said. “I’m far enough in my career and life to want to figure out how I want to finish my career. I still have 10 years or so to devote to my career, so I need to find my next thing to do.”
Last May, Ludutsky-Taylor accepted the one-year assignment of interim associate vice president of facilities development and construction from interim Sierra College president Morgan Lynn, but that was not the most appropriate career choice, she said.
“When I took on the interim vice-president position, I didn’t know whether that was the career path I would want to pursue,” said Ludutsky-Taylor. “And now that I’ve been in the position and I’ve done a good job, I discovered that I don’t want to pursue facilities and construction in higher education. I would rather be involved in the education part of higher education.”
“We’re very sad to see Tina go,” Lynn said. “But I respect her decision. She has informed me that she and her husband want to return to New Mexico.
“In terms of her personality and vision, she is going to leave that gap but the college has a plan to provide for the administration of the Nevada County campus and that would be by turning over the leadership to Dean Neal Allbee.”
Sierra College will eventually appoint an appropriate successor to Ludutsky-Taylor.
“Tina had a lot of energy and creative solution for our problems here but we would certainly seek to find a person as capable to continue providing the services needed,” Allbee said.
To contact staff writer Soumitro Sen, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4229.
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