Emily Clouse, a member of Garden City Community College's administrative staff, resigned from the college Thursday, citing a new employment opportunity in Garden City.

Clouse, GCCC vice president of administrative services and director of Human Resources, submitted her letter of resignation and left the position Thursday, said Ryan Ruda, GCCC interim president.

In an email, Clouse confirmed that she had resigned because she had accepted a position with a local organization.

“I’m really excited for this great career advancement and opportunity,” Clouse said in the email.

Ruda said Human Resources assistant Alexis Saenz will handle the day-to-day duties of Clouse’s job until the college could find an interim. Saenz also has served as the interim point of contact for GCCC public relations since former Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kristi Tempel resigned in May. Ruda said the college was advertising the public relations position and would interview viable candidates very soon.

“She’s very confident and capable of handling things in the short term,” Ruda said of Saenz taking on Clouse’s duties.

Among other responsibilities, Ruda said, Saenz will help handle open records requests. He said one of administrators’ bigger considerations moving forward in Clouse’s absence would be evaluating outstanding records requests and how they could be completed.

Clouse’s resignation is another in a recent trend of prominent GCCC departures.

The college announced on Friday that Athletic Director John Green has resigned from his AD duties but would remain in charge of game-day operations until Oct. 1.

Green's and Clouse's resignations follow the Tempel's resignation, former President Herbert Swender’s mutual separation agreement and former head men’s basketball coach Brady Trenkle’s resignation in August.

Regardless of shuffling or stretched positions, Ruda, who is also vice president of instruction and student services, said college administrators and supporting employees will be able to handle their tasks ahead.

“We have a very good structure in place and very capable and confident people that will be able to get us through and still be able to serve students and communities. We’re going to be thoughtful and make sure that we move forward with the positions that best fit the needs of the college and hire the right individuals...” Ruda said.

Ruda said administrators were still determining how they would define and advertise Clouse’s position, but likely would label it as simply Director of Human Resources.

“We wish her well in her future endeavors,” Ruda said of Clouse.


Contact Amber Friend at afriend@gctelegram.com.