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Helena College Dean resigns after 1 year in order to care for family

Posted at 4:54 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 20:57:12-04

After a year with Helena College, Dean Dr. Laura Vosejpka will be resigning from her position effective May 15.

Vosejpka told staff and students earlier this week it was a difficult decision to make, but the COVID-19 landscape has created a need for her to return home to Michigan in order to support her family there.

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education wishes Vosejpka the best moving forward, and thanked her for putting Helena College on a positive path.

“We are very grateful to her for her service at Helena College,” said Karen Ogden, communications director for the Office of the Commision of Higher Education. “She really put the college on a very positive track going forward. She’s made a lot of accomplishments in a small amount of time and we wish her the best.”

One of the legacies Vosejpka leaves behind is the restructuring of the degree planning course.

“One of the great things she worked on was ‘Guided Pathways’ which is basically a road map for students,” explained Ogden. “It really makes sure that they are progressing as efficiently and effectively as possible to earn that degree without any extra time, extra expense and to get them working as soon as possible.”

Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Sandy Bauman will serve as interim dean and CEO of the college.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Sandra Bauman stepping in to take the helm,” said Ogden. “She is a proven and trusted leader who has participated directly in a lot of the positive change under Dean Vosejpka’s leadership.”

The Officer of the Commissioner of Higher Education says right now their focus is on the transition to the interim dean, and haven’t made any decisions on when the selection process for a new dean will begin.