Administrative Shake-Ups Continue At OCCC

Friday, October 23rd 2020, 5:18 pm
By: Caleigh Bourgeois

Oklahoma City Community College experienced yet another change in its administrative shake-up.

This week, Executive Vice President Greg Gardner announced he was stepping down from the leadership team to take an operations role.

For months, current and former faculty have spoken out on workplace issues.

Many staff members said problems came from the top down, with former president Jerry Steward ultimately to blame.

Now, the faculty said things have been looking up since Steward retired in August.

Chief of Staff Danita Rose was brought on in July 2019 and has been leading the way with changing the work environment.

“Greg was tied more tightly to the old administration and that way of doing things, and it was collaboratively we talked about what would be best for the college going forward,” Rose said of Gardner stepping down.

Rose said more changes are coming following input from faculty.

“My mission to get us where we need to be, to get us into a position with great culture so that we can provide the best place for our faculty and staff to work,” Rose said.