Focusing on health, safety and facilities will help meet demand
SIAST has eliminated the campus director position at all four of the school’s provincial locations.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
SIAST Palliser Campus is pictured on July 31, 2013.
“Organizations change and evolve in response to the environment that they’re operating in,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST president and CEO.
Palliser campus in Moose Jaw had a vacancy in the campus director position and another director was overseeing two locations.
Those campus directors were let go by SIAST and will not be included in the reorganization.
“They made significant contributions to SIAST and they were instrumental in making SIAST the organization that it is, and as successful as it has been to date,” Rosia said.
The move was part of a senior management reorganization, Rosia said, in order to put increased emphasis on two areas.
“One is the health and the other is the facilities management,” Rosia said. “We see this as an area where there’s an increasing demand, so we’ve decided to put our resources into these two areas.”
The changes will see a manager for both on-campus health and safety and facilities planning and management capabilities at all four campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.
Instead of one campus director at each location, SIAST has opted to have two managers: one responsible for health and safety and the other responsible for facilities management capabilities.
“Having managers at each of the campuses in charge of these functions allows us to expand and provide more specialized support in both of these areas,” Rosia said. “That’s the intent of all of this. On-campus health, safety and security, as well as our facilities management requirements have become increasingly demanding in recent years.”
He said these are critical functions that needed managers present on-site at all four locations.
“It’s not something new,” Rosia said. “It’s something that we continually work on and look to improve.”
He said the expansion of health, safety and security and facilities management is consistent with ongoing initiatives.
“We recently announced the modernization of our emergency notification system,” Rosia said.
He said students and employees are going to benefit from SIAST’s announcement about increased focus on safety and facility use.
“The employers and the tax payers of the province will also benefit from additional steps that we’ve taken to ensure that we use our facilities as efficiently as possible while still planning for the growth to accommodate the increased demand,” Rosia said.
He said SIAST continues to see an increased demand from students and demand from employers wanting to hire SIAST graduates.
Rosia said focusing on health, safety and security in addition to facilities management capability is the best way to keep both sides satisfied.
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