College board urges president to proceed with cabinet shuffle BY KAREN Kurz Daily Herald Staff Writer Trustees at the College of DuPage this week told President Michael Murphy to stick to plans to reorganize his cabinet. Murphy asked the board whether he should put the long-awaited reorganization on ice now that they hired a consultant to review operations at the Glen Ellyn community college. "Do I proceed according to this timeline or do I freeze and wait for the consultant?" Murphy said. "I think Dr. Murphy should continue on his timeline," said Michael McKinnon, the trustee who originally proposed hiring a consultant to review the administration. Mary Wuttke Kranz, newly elected chairman of the board, said the hiring process shouldn't stop for the sake of the consultant. Last September, board members pressured Murphy to step up his plans to reshuffle the cabinet and replace departing administrators. Murphy presented an outline of his plans last month, setting the goal of completing the reorganization within six months. This week, he submitted a more detailed plan that showed his progress to date. Throughout the month of November, the report said, Murphy and his staff are weighing the pros and cons of permanently separating the division of academic and student affairs, formerly run by associate vice president Walter Packard. Packard is leaving this month to become chancellor of a group of community colleges in California. Murphy named Vince Pelletier, dean of the business and services division, interim vice president of academic affairs, while Kay Nielsen, associate vice president for student services, assumed control of the student affairs division. Susan Erzen, associate dean of business and services, recently was named Pelletier's interim replacement. The report also said a national search is under way to fill the position of internal auditor. Another search begins this month to replace Kenneth Kolbet, vice president for administration, who retires this year.