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SWIC dismisses 13 administrators, including vice president and assistant athletic director

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After last year’s personnel cuts, Southwestern Illinois College has dismissed 13 more administrators.

The board of trustees voted March 21 to make the cuts. SWIC released the names of the affected employees to the Belleville News-Democrat on Tuesday, including:

Ellen Boyne, evening supervisor on the Belleville campus, whose salary is $9,152.

Mark Eichenlaub, vice president for community services and campus operations, whose salary is $147,196.

Neil Fiala, assistant director of athletics for fundraising and head baseball coach, whose salary is $52,174.

William Gagen, director of workforce development, whose salary is $74,247.

Dawn Heimann-Neumann, associate director of public information and marketing design group, whose salary is $56,694.

Ronald Henderson, director of Physical Plant, whose salary is $84,919.

Norma Irwin, instructional technology manager, whose salary is $42,212.

Dennis McKay, classroom technology specialist, whose salary is $18,206.

Patricia Pou, associate dean for instructional services on the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, whose salary is $87,025.

James Riha, chief information officer, whose salary is $130,809.

Richard Spencer, dean of liberal arts, whose salary is $119,882.

Amanda Starkey, transfer coordinator and liaison for faculty development and faculty technology, whose salary is $52,000.

Torrin Suedmeyer, evening supervisor on the Belleville campus, whose salary is $9,152.

Fiala, the assistant athletic director and head baseball coach, said he was given the chance to accept a buyout and vacate his position last week. He decided to continue working through the end of the fiscal year, June 30.

“It wasn’t really an option for me to leave my guys literally in the middle of the season,” Fiala said.

SWIC President Georgia Costello is retiring when her contract ends June 30. She has previously cited Illinois’ three-year budget impasse, a loss of state funding and enrollment declines as the reasons layoffs have been necessary.

Between fiscal years 2015 and 2016, the amount of money SWIC received from the state dropped from $13.5 million to $1.6 million. At the same time, the college saw 1,139 fewer students enroll, according to numbers provided by SWIC.

Fiala said he knew cuts to the SWIC athletic department were inevitable.

In another cost-saving move earlier in 2018, the board eliminated the childcare service for students and employees on the Belleville campus. The program was operating at a deficit that averaged about $67,000 each year for the last five years.

There were more layoffs in 2017; the board cut 19 administrator positions and 47 staff positions, effective July 2017.

The college also introduced a voluntary retirement program in 2016, paying 12 administrators $460,000 to retire.

BND reporter Todd Eschman contributed to this report.
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