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Organizational Changes: WIU

January 27, 2020


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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- To further streamline operations and improve efficiencies at Western Illinois University, as well as to expand the University's diversity and inclusion initiatives, Interim President Martin Abraham has announced a series of appointments to complete the organizational changes and restructuring. approved by the WIU Board of Trustees at its meeting Dec. 13.

The Division of Administrative Services has been disbanded, with departments under the division joining other divisions and/or departments. Former Vice President Bill Polley, who is an economics professor, was reassigned to faculty in the College of Business and Technology. He had served as vice president since July 2019, after serving as interim VPAS since May 2018.

"We greatly appreciate Dr. Polley's efforts and the service he has provided to the division and the University during his tenure in Administrative Services," Abraham said.

Budget Director Letisha Trepac has been named associate vice president for budget and finance, with direct oversight of purchasing and budget. Trepac has served as the institution's budget director since January 2018. Previously, she was the director of WIU Foundation Financial Affairs and has also served as the assistant to the academic vice president for budget and personnel and as a budget analyst in the WIU Budget Office.

"Removing a vice presidential position, and utilizing the skills and expertise of people on staff, allows us to improve and enhance University procedures, while reducing administrative overhead across several departments," Abraham added.

Ketra Roselieb, University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) director of auxiliary services/contracts, has been named executive director of personnel services and finance, which includes oversight of Equal Opportunity and Access, Human Resources (Civil Service), Academic and Administrative Personnel, Benefits and Auxiliary Services, as well as Business Services. She reports to Trepac. Roselieb has served as director of auxiliary services since June 2012 and assumed the oversight of Go West, WIU's transit system, in August 2015.

Joe Roselieb, director of residential/auxiliary facilities/University Union, has been named the executive director of auxiliary services and risk management, reporting to the vice president for student services. Risk management operations were previously a function of the assistant to the vice president for administrative services. Roselieb is responsible for the general oversight of auxiliary services, safety initiatives, University policies and procedures, emergency management and risk operations and compliance, as well as Go West operations, the Veterans Resource Center and the University Union. He has served as director of residential facilities since July 2012. Roselieb has also served as the facilities liaison to WIU Athletics since August 2015. He was named director of residential and auxiliary facilities, which includes oversight of the University Union, in June 2018. Prior to being named director in 2012, he was the assistant director of residential facilities for four years.

Troy Rhoads, who has been serving as Facilities Management interim director since Fall 2017, has been named to executive director of Facilities Management and reports directly to the president.

The Office of Public Safety, led by Interim Director Derek Watts, has moved under the student services division.

Sterling Saddler, who previously had oversight of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) until a director was named, has been named the assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion to ensure the institution's diversity initiatives are further enhanced and continue to evolve. He will oversee the restructured University Diversity Council and the new Community Engagement Council, and organize training and other University-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives. Before joining WIU in 2011 as dean of the College of Education and Human Services, he was a professor and vice president of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nevada.

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