The Division of Student Affairs is undergoing a staff
reorganization that will result in promotions, the shifting of
responsibilities and the creation of a new position – the director
of student transition and parent and family programs.
Most students will not notice any changes, said Linda Kuk, vice
president for student affairs. However, Kuk said the
reorganization, which goes into effect today, will allow the
division to operate more smoothly and efficiently.
“We shuffled things around to permit us to get things done,” Kuk
Because of budget cuts in recent years, student affairs has gone
from five assistant to the vice president to three. The addition of
the new director position will allow the division to promote
someone else to assistant to the vice president, and Kuk hopes it
will help rebalance some of the office’s responsibilities.
Jody Donovan will move from her current role as assistant to the
vice president to fill the new position. Donovan has been
coordinating parent programs and services for the past four years
and will also take on coordination of Ram Welcome and other
freshmen transition programs.
“A personal interest of mine was working with parents and
families of students,” Donovan said. “Linda was very supportive of
that, and Dr. (Larry) Penley (CSU’s president) really, really wants
to build the program, so it was natural to create this new
As the new director, Donovan will work with Ram Welcome, the
Mentoring Project and other transition issues for new students. In
addition, she will be a liaison between parents and the university,
talking to parents at Preview and throughout the year to help
families with transitions they experience when sending children to
“I’m sort of a coach,” Donovan said. “I’m helping parents and
families understand that they’re going to parent their college
In addition to Donovan’s new position, Linda Ahuna will take
over as executive assistant to the vice president, and Jennifer
Williams Molock will assume Ahuna’s old role as the new executive
director for the advocacy cluster while also retaining her duties
as director of Black Student Services. Ahuna also was the director
of Asian/Pacific American Student Services, a position that will be
filled by Mikiko Kumasaka, previously the assistant director of the
Dave McKelfresh will continue to work with staff training and
assessment in Housing and Dining Services, but he will also take
over some of the responsibilities in the Student Affairs in Higher
Education graduate program.
Kuk said that while the reorganization sounds complicated, it is
simply a reshuffling of responsibilities.
“We didn’t create a new position, we just renamed some things,”
Kuk also stressed that the reorganization will not cost the
university any money. While some raises will go along with the
promotions, Kuk said the division ultimately saved money when some
of the senior staff members, who had higher salaries, retired.
“We fortunately have enough money to hire back at less cost,”
Kuk said. “You shift the resources around to make it work.”
Kuk said the reorganization was ultimately necessary, regardless
“We, I think, downsized initially more than was realistic, so
we’re just trying to ‘right-size’ again,” Kuk said.