Lanier Technical College has appointed its first dean of Allied Health as part of a reorganization designed to make instruction across its five campuses more consistent.
Previously, the technical college had deans for each campus but not for each area of study. The reorganization began with assigning a program to each of those deans, who will continue to oversee day-to-day activities at each campus while also ensuring consistency in each program of study.
The reorganization created a new deanship for the Allied Health program, which has been filled by Deanne Collins. Lanier Tech President Ray Perren said about 45 percent of students are enrolled in Allied Health programs. Allied Health includes health-related fields ranging from practical nursing to pharmacy technology.
Collins is a technical college alumna herself, receiving her associate’s degree in radiology from York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C., in 1992. She later earned her doctorate of education from the University of Georgia. She was previously director of the radiography program at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta.
Perren said the consistency provided by the reorganization will allow students to easily move from one campus to another without changes in course requirements or textbooks.
“It’s more efficient to have a single program dean instead of deans from campus to campus,” Perren said. “Having the program deans in place helps ensure (each program’s) efficiency.”
Planning for the reorganization began about a year ago, he said, and existing campus deans were placed in charge of individual programs over the summer.
“We’re one college,” Perren said. “We deliver programs on five campuses and online, but we’re one college.”
Along with the new Allied Health position, the reorganization has made Troy Lindsey at the Dawson campus dean of technical and industrial programs, Lisa Maloof of the Winder-Barrow campus dean of business and computer technology, Donna Brinson at the Forsyth campus dean of professional services, and Howard Ledford at the Jackson campus dean of general education.