Farewell: VP Dennis Shimek

August 16, 2016

Fond Farewell to Dennis Shimek

To Campus Community:

It is with a heavy heart and great fondness that I must inform the campus community that Vice President Dennis Shimek has announced his decision to leave his position on August 31.

Dennis arrived on campus seven years ago and has told me he wants depart with little fanfare. I will do my best to respect his wishes, but I would be remiss not to recognize his decades of service as a leader in higher education. While I've only known him for a short time, I've quickly grown to value his wisdom and expertise in matters related to the success of Stanislaus State.

Prior to joining the administration at Stanislaus State in 2009, Dennis spent more than 40 years in a variety of administrative roles in the area of human resources at UC Davis.

Since the moment he arrived at Stanislaus State, he made numerous and significant contributions to the University. Dennis has been a strong advocate for shared governance and a tireless supporter of faculty and staff. We especially thank him for his critical role in improving the campus climate and the relationship between the administration and the campus community.

Dennis was also instrumental in revitalizing the University's Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee, which led to the development of new diversity principles and improved procedures for hiring a more diverse faculty, staff and administration.

Dennis played a vital role in moving the campus forward in meeting and exceeding Title IX requirements. He worked with students to create programs to improve student safety, especially in the area of sexual violence on campus.

Dennis Shimek is well-loved in the Stanislaus State community. In addition, I know that Dennis is an extraordinary man with impressive accomplishments including having climbed Mt. Everest! When I discussed his departure with Dr. Stuart Sims, Speaker of the Academic Senate, Dr. Sims noted that Dennis was an exceptional administrator who genuinely valued collaboration, collegiality, fairness, diversity and open communication.

Dr. Sims and all of us at Stanislaus State will miss him very much.

In the interim, Julie Johnson will serve as the Executive-in-Charge for the Division of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources. Wendy Miller will be responsible for faculty matters within the division. I will take some time to consider next steps and will inform the campus as progress is made.

Please join with me in thanking Dennis for his work and in wishing him the very best in his future endeavors.

Sincerely,
Ellen Junn