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JCCC Prez Predicts Layoffs, Tuition Increases

A message from JCCC President Joseph Sopcich, posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mailserver, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:04 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] A message from Joe Sopcich

Throughout the history of our college, we have successfully served the community in many ways. In the process, we have acquired a national reputation for achievement, innovation and success in working with our students to succeed. In a sense, these accomplishments have helped to create the traditions of this institution, as well as the “mini-traditions” we continue in various areas throughout our campus community. 

Personally, I’ve always enjoyed history and actually relish an occasional look backwards, because so many times, history teaches us about where we are today and why. When I look back at the history of our college, one of the mantras used when our founders started the place was “Yes, we have no traditions.” In other words, we have nothing in our set way of doing things that can prevent us from inventing, innovating and doing great things.

I wonder whether during the years ahead we should re-adopt the mantra of “Yes, we have no traditions” and challenge ourselves to take a fresh and objective look at everything we do, a look that is uninhibited by our current ways of doing business, a look that is inspired to improve the performance of our students. 

Over the past few weeks, many of you have listened to and watched Patrick Rossol-Allison and me talk about key performance indicators (KPIs) and the budget. Or as one person put it, in a rather open discussion with me, the “Doom and Gloom speech.” (I was uncertain as to whether I was Doom or Gloom or both.) Now there are some who might see it that way, but actually I believe there is infinite opportunity in the information presented. In every case, we have the opportunity, provided we work together, to make this college better and improve student success. And this is what we’re going to do. Continue reading


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JCCC Trustee Resigns

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

Trustee Melody Rayl

Trustee Rayl

Melody Rayl submits resignation from JCCC board of trustees

Melody Rayl has submitted her resignation from the Johnson County Community College board of trustees. The trustees will consider her resignation at their regular monthly meeting on Aug. 15.

Rayl, Olathe, has been a college trustee since 2008. She was chair of the board in 2012-2013 and over the years served on the board’s human resources and audit committees and as the liaison to the JCCC Foundation and the collegial steering committee.

Rayl cited a desire to focus on family and career as the reason for her resignation. “It has been my absolute privilege to have had the opportunity to serve as a trustee for my beloved JCCC for nearly five years,” she said. “However, my service to JCCC, and to the community at large, particularly during my tenure as chair of the board over the past year, has had a significant impact on the work-life balance I strive to maintain. Therefore, I do not feel I can continue to devote the time and attention necessary to serve JCCC and the citizens of Johnson County in the manner they deserve.”

“Melody Rayl has been an outstanding trustee for JCCC,” said Jerry Cook, board chair. “Her leadership was so important during the transitions of the past year. The college, and the board, is grateful for her vision, wisdom and courage.”

“The college will miss Melody’s diligent leadership and enthusiastic spirit,” said Greg Musil, vice chair of the board of trustees. “Everyone at the college, and especially her fellow board members, owe her a special debt of gratitude for her years of service.”

The trustees will appoint someone to complete the rest of Rayl’s term, which ends June 30, 2017. Interested persons will be invited to submit an application to the college. The board will review the applications and narrow them to a list of final candidates. Those candidates will be interviewed, and one will be chosen to fill the seat on the board. The exact timeline and process has not yet been finalized; when it has, it will be announced and the vacancy will be posted.

Those familiar with the Board of Trustees may have been clued into Rayl’s resignation by looking at the 2013-2014 designated board officers, committee chairs, and liaisons that was published in the July Board of Trustees Packet.

Rayl is assigned to serve only on one committee whereas most of the other board members serve in multiple capacities — all except Jon Stewart.

Like Rayl, Stewart is only assigned to serve on one committee. Is this another indication that an additional vacancy on the board will open in the near future?

JCCC Board Officers, Committee Chairs, and Liasons

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JCCC Reorganizes — Again

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 12:03 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] Message from Joe Sopcich

Dear Colleagues:

When I was hired by the trustees to do this job, it was made clear that we, as a college, needed to hit the ground running. It was one of the stated benefits of hiring an internal candidate. Aside from a few newspaper stories and a magazine article that focused on the “local” hire as the new president of JCCC, there was minimal fuss or hoopla. And that’s the way it should be. I’m very proud to be the new president of this college, and I want to do my best for the institution, for you, for our students and patrons, and for the community. So now it’s time to get to work in pursuit of these objectives.

For those of you who came to my sessions during the interview process, you may remember that I talked about “One Community, One College, One Goal.” That’s what I hope to do over the next year – help us all focus on the same goals so that we’re working together to achieve them.

Professional Development Days

For that to happen, you need information, and we’ll start during Professional Development Days. We’re developing sessions on the college’s key performance indicators (KPIs), which will help us improve student persistence, graduation and transfer, transfer performance, student satisfaction and general education outcomes. We’ll also offer sessions on the college’s budget. The college is facing a number of budget challenges right now, and we want you to know what they are and why we will be doing some of the things we need to do. If you can’t make the sessions in August, we’ll be happy to present them to individual work groups throughout the fall.

Organizational structure

In addition to the budget and the key performance indicators, I wanted to take a hard look at the college’s organizational structure. Continue reading

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oh no he di’int

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JCCC President Sopcich Takes Helm

Friday will be Calaway’s last day as JCCC president

With 30 days left in Johnson County Community College’s fiscal year, President Terry Calaway has announced he will vacate his post early and incoming president Joe Sopcich will take the helm.

Despite Calaway vacating the president’s office, he will become a “consultant.”

According to the college’s page dedicated to the presidential search, Calaway will officially leave Aug. 1, 2013

Posted May 22 to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:10 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] Presidential transition

The process of transitioning the presidency from Dr. Calaway to Dr. Sopcich will begin June 1. To assure a smooth and stable transition, Dr. Calaway will serve in a consultant’s role as Dr. Sopcich assumes the day-to-day responsibilities of the college president on that date.

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JCCC Names Sixth President

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2013 8:23 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] JCCC trustees select new college president

JCCC trustees select new college president

Joseph M. Sopcich will succeed Terry Calaway as president of Johnson County Community College. Calaway, who announced his retirement in October 2012, will leave the college on July 31.

“I speak for the entire board of trustees in congratulating Dr. Sopcich on being selected as the next president of JCCC,” said Melody Rayl, chair of the board of trustees. “His proven leadership ability, together with his long history with the college and the enduring relationships he has established in our community and across the country, leaves absolutely no doubt among the trustees that he is the person to lead our college into the next decade. We are excited to have Dr. Sopcich at the helm as we begin the next chapter in JCCC’s legacy as one of the finest community colleges in the country.”

“The JCCC board of trustees has made an outstanding selection,” said Calaway. “Dr. Sopcich is a man of heart and integrity and will be a true superstar as the next president/CEO of Johnson County Community College. Joe’s experience inside and outside the classroom has prepared him well for this role; he certainly will extend and expand our tradition of excellence. As a Kansas City native, Joe has an intimate knowledge of our community, and he will put that knowledge to work every day in his new role.  I congratulate the board, our college and the entire JCCC community on the selection.”

Dr. Sopcich has been with JCCC since 1992, serving over the years as executive director of institutional advancement, vice president of institutional advancement and government affairs, executive vice president of administrative services and executive vice president/chief financial officer. Activities over the years include the implementation of a new approach to building the college’s $140 million operating budget, resulting in a reduction in expenses and reallocation behind strategic priorities, and the completion of a successful fundraising campaign for the college’s new Hospitality and Culinary Academy.

Dr. Sopcich’s honors include a Fulbright Award in 2011, traveling to Russia to present seminars on the merits of American community colleges; the Colleague of the Year award from the JCCC Foundation in 2010 in recognition of his dedication to JCCC students and programming; and the Faculty Leadership award in 2008 given by the JCCC Faculty Association in recognition of his leadership and support of JCCC’s faculty. He has taught as an adjunct in the college’s business division since 2006. Sopcich earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD from the University of Kansas.

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