Provost dedicated to student success
By Robin Morales
The LCC Board of Trustees named Sally Welch the college’s newest provost in a 5-2 vote last July.
According to LCC President Brent Knight, Welch enters the provost position well-experienced to handle her new responsibilities.
“I think she’s great to work with,” Knight said. “I think she’s very approachable … glad to talk with students, faculty and staff.”
Knight said the provost serves as the “chief academic officer” and is in charge of all academic matters. These include curriculum, courses and programs, he explained.
Knight said the hiring committee was looking for “someone with a vision for student success … a leader who can collaborate with faculty and staff effectively.”
Welch said the interview process required satisfactory completion of multiple stages. The many phone and face-to-face interviews were “very tough, very thorough.”
Prior to her hiring, Welch served LCC as the associate vice president for Academic Affairs for approximately nine months. Before working at LCC, Welch served in administrative positions at Marygrove College.
“I’ve helped two schools now (Marygrove College and LCC) get through accreditation,” Welch said. “I’ve worked pretty hard on putting some student success initiatives together and to help with curriculum design and innovative pathways for students.”
As LCC’s provost, Welch said she will focus on “student success and retention efforts.” She said that her vision of success includes augmenting the capacity of students for graduating and earning jobs within their intended career fields.
As a component of this goal, Welch said she wants to create an academic culture which will give transferring students “ease” as they apply to four-year institutions.
Welch offered a pair of open community listening sessions on Thursday, Sept. 12, at LCC’s west campus. More are currently being scheduled. Anyone can attend to ask Welch questions they may have about the new academic direction of LCC.
“The listening sessions are really my opportunity to get to know people in their different roles and what they’re interested in and … (hear) ideas that’ll help the college,” Welch said.
“I’m very excited to be here. LCC is an amazing school.”