Baker College of Cadillac promotes four employees
01/26/2015 03:26 PM
Baker College of Cadillac has announced the promotions of four employees effective during fall quarter: Randy J. Hill, Ed.D., to chief academic officer; Katelyn Richard to director of career services; Cheri Sprik to assistant director of admissions; and Rebecca Voelker to dean of health sciences and human services.
“All four employees are exceptionally deserving of their promotions,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president. “They have proven to be extremely capable of executing the responsibilities of their new positions and will be great resources to students, faculty and staff in their respective departments.”
Randy J. Hill, Ed.D., of Cadillac, is chief academic officer after serving as interim chief academic officer for a year. He is responsible for leading and overseeing the academic and support service operations of Baker College of Cadillac. This includes establishing and promoting the vision and direction of the academic department and providing support, assistance, guidance and mentoring to academic program faculty and staff. He joined Baker College in 2008 and has also served as dean of health sciences.
“I'm excited to move into this new role,” Hill said, “because it allows me to have a greater impact on the academic quality and rigor at Baker College of Cadillac and more involvement in academic initiatives that impact both the Cadillac campus and the Baker College System. Our goal, of course, is to continue to have an increasingly positive impact on student success.”
Hill is a published scholar and a member of numerous associations. This includes seats on the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class Board of Directors and the Wexford-Missaukee ISD Public Safety Advisory Board. His involvement with the chamber extends to leading presentations and development workshops, and inclusion in the “Twenty under Forty” list of local young leaders.
A native of Calais, Maine, Hill earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and a master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Maine. He earned a second master’s degree in marine science at the University of South Florida, and an educational specialist and a doctorate, both in educational leadership, at Liberty University Online.
As director of career services, Katelyn Richard, of Cadillac, oversees all functions of the career services department, including career capstone placement, employment assistance and professionalism services. She will continue to teach a professional career strategies course and provide guidance in resume building and effective business correspondence and interviewing, as well as other activities that help students market themselves to employers. Richards is also coordinating career events such as recruitment fairs, business expos and guest speakers. She previously served as coordinator of career services.
Richard said, “I am super blessed to have this opportunity, and I am excited to dive deeper into this department by continuing to collaborate with my colleagues throughout the campus and members of the career services team to offer the best career support to our students and graduates.”
Prior to joining Baker College two years ago, she worked for a secondary school system, teaching high school English, history and college preparatory courses. Richard, a native of McBain, earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Central Michigan University.
Cheri Sprik, of Cadillac, brings 17 years of experience at Baker College to her new position as assistant director of admissions. She previously served as admissions advisor. In her new role, she is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of the admissions department.
Sprik said, “I am excited to help develop and lead the admissions team as well as continue to meet with new students to help them achieve their career goals. It is extremely gratifying when I see our students succeed.”
Sprik, a native of Houghton Lake, earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Central Michigan University.
Rebecca Voelker, of McBain, is dean of health sciences and human services and brings 10 years of experience at Baker College to her new role. She works with directors of the health sciences and human services departments to manage programs that affect more than half of the student body. She also coordinates with deans from other Baker College campuses on college initiatives as well as new program development. She previously was medical assistant program director.
“I am excited to move into this new role to further help fulfill the mission of Baker College, which is to provide quality higher education and training that enable graduates to be successful throughout challenging and rewarding careers,” said Voelker. “Everything we do is to help prepare students to thrive in their chosen fields.”
Voelker earned a medical assistant associate degree and a bachelor’s of health services administration at Baker College of Cadillac, and an MBA in health care administration from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies.