LANCASTER — Antelope Valley College will get two interim administrators for the 2019-20 fiscal year to replace one administrator who resigned last summer and another who will retire at the end of June.
John Hutak, who has 35 years’ experience in education administration, will serve as interim vice president of Human Resources at the college. Les Uhazy, who serves as dean of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, agreed to serve as interim vice president of Academic Affairs for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2020.
The position has been vacant since Bonnie Suderman, former vice president of Academic Affairs, tendered her resignation last July 9. The effective date of Suderman’s resignation was Jan. 1. She was on paid administrative leave in the interim.
Uhazy will retire this year after about 31 years at the college. AV College President Ed Knudson announced in a campus email last week that he recommended Hutak and Uhazy’s appointments as interim administrators to the college Board.
AV College’s governing Board approved the appointments in closed session Monday night.
Hutak has served as the community representative on AV College’s negotiating teams since last summer. He has been authorized for up to $15,000 in pay. To date, the college has paid Hutak $12,700. Negotiations with AV College’s classified union are at an impasse. A mediation is tentatively scheduled for April. Negotiations with the faculty union are ongoing.
“Leadership has tentatively agreed to a financial package, and they are now working on contractual language,” Elizabeth Diachun, executive director for Marketing & Public Information, said.
As interim vice president of Human Resources, Hutak will receive about $92,683 for his six months of service. He will also be granted 11 vacation days and one personal day, according to the contract.
Hutak served as a vice principal, principal and assistant superintendent for Human Resources with the Antelope Valley Union High School District before he retired. He also served as an interim superintendent with Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District and Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary School District.
Uhazy will receive $187,166 to serve as interim vice president of Academic Affairs. The amount includes a $1,800 doctoral stipend.
The interim positions will allow AV College leadership time to review the organizational structure of the college and determine how best to accommodate major initiatives such as Guided Pathways, a statewide effort to help community college students choose a course of study earlier that can give them a path to their goal.
“There’s a lot of different ways to structure colleges. We’re taking a look at how other colleges structure themselves,” Diachun said.
Diachun added Guided Pathways changes how AV College administrators look at the college’s structure.
“It creates a lot of administrative work. Now is sort of the time to reevaluate what that structure is,” Diachun said.
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