OER changes follow Dr. Waldron's retirement
This month, the Health Science Center will bid a fond farewell to Dr. Jim Waldron, executive director of the office of educational resources (OER). Dr. Waldron will retire from the Health Science Center after 27 years of service. He began at the UTHSC in 1974 as the university's first director of OER and was later promoted to executive director.
"I have had a wonderful career here at the Health Science Center," Dr. Waldron said. "I look forward to moving ahead into my future to explore new adventures."
Jerry York, vice president and chief information officer, said Dr. Waldron proved to be a consummate team player.
"He has collaborated on reallocation challenges, space consolidations and project priorities. I truly appreciate his work ethic and his counsel and advice," York said. "All of us will miss Jim Waldron."
Dr. Waldron's retirement placed some urgency on the completion of an important project — the examination of OER operations. York said the assessment was done to determine how the department could more efficiently provide biomedical production and communications support to its faculty, students and administration.
"The information management and services division (IMS), which oversees computing resources, integrated management information systems, telecommunications and networking, academic informatics services (AIS) and OER, already has undergone much change. Feedback from our customer community indicates those changes have been for the better," York said.
In September 2000, AIS was created under IMS to provide leading-edge information technology and instructional tools and services to support the instruction and research activities of Health Science Center faculty and students.
"This was just one of the many steps the Health Science Center has taken to keep pace with the rapidly changing instructional and information technology needs out there," York said.
The next big step in this direction, York said, is the organizational restructuring of OER. The printing services department will see the promotion of some of its employees. Effective Sept. 1, Gilbert Sosa, director of printing services, will become director of OER, replacing the retiring Dr. Waldron; Janet Pendleton, copy center supervisor, will be the new director of printing services; and Jessie Ochoa, offset press operator III, will take Pendleton's place as copy center supervisor.
"I am very excited about the new leadership in OER and printing services," York said. "Gilbert Sosa has done a tremendous job in the 20 years he served as director of printing services," York said. "His understanding of the financial and customer service aspects of OER, as well as the overall mission, made him our number one choice for the position. I have every confidence that he will lead OER to the next level of excellence."
The teaching facilities support services (TFSS) department, which traditionally has operated under OER, now will fall under AIS. "Closer coordination of TFSS and support of our teaching spaces with provision of education-based technologies are expected to provide a more consistent and integrated service to our faculty," York said.
Finally, York said the instrumentation services department, which also operates under OER, will undergo a series of changes to be announced in September.