Alcalá View 1998 14.8

University of San Diego Archives

New VP Out to Learn Flavor of USD

AToast to J.C.

By Jill Wagner C urb tuition increases. Seek fund s for new buildings. Upgrade the campus computer and information systems. Maximize returns on university investments. These are goals common to college camp- uses across the country. What differentiates one campus from another is the people, says Paul E. Bissonnette, USD's new vice pres i- dent for finance and administration, who started work April 1. "Everyone is challenged with the very same kind of issues at universities across the country, whether public or private," says Bissonnette, who spent 21 years at C alifornia State University, Fresno, and the last five at O akland University, an indepen- dent institution in Rochester, Mich. "The biggest difference is people. Every campus h as its own chemistry and style and flavor." A week into his tenure at Alcala Park Bissonnette's calendar was filled with ' appo intments to meet the department direc- tors, supervisors and staff who work in the finance and administration division . But to understand the true flavor of USD, he also ventures beyond his division to learn how other departments work with each other. Bissonnette says his primary goal in these early weeks of his new job is to listen. "The listening part is to understand the motivations and interests of people I'm working with. I try not to shape everyone to my view of the world, but to see where I can add some va lue." Fittingly, Bissonnette is well -versed in creative financing for capital improvements, particularly athletic facilities. He played key roles in developing a world -class arena, stadium and play ing field s at CSU Fresno, where the university's teams are supported by the entire c ity. USD's efforts to raise an additional $8.5 million to fund the Jenny Craig Pav ilion will undoubtedly benefit

The USD community is invited to pre- and post-game ceremonies honoring John "J.C." Cunningham at the Toreros baseball game, 12:30 p.m., May 3. Cunningham is retiring as coach after 35 years with the team. This will be his final home game at Cunningham Stadium. For more information, call the ath- letics department at ext. 4803. Bike to Work Day San Diego is celebrating its annual Bike to Work Day on May 21. USD employees who pedal to campus will be greeted at the Hahn Univer- sity Center with free bagels, coffee and juice. To register for the regional Bike to Work Day and enter a drawing for bikes, helmets and cycling gear, grab a reg- istration form at the UC infor- mation desk, Aromas, Copley Library or the public safety office and drop it in the mail. Participants can receive a free bike tune-up at one of five Bike USA locations in San Diego and ride free on San Diego Transit the day of the event. Bike to Work Day is part of California Bike Commute Week (May 18-22) and the American Lung Association's Clean Air Month. All the Details A car detailing service is now available while you work. FAX your request to Cash Detailing, owned and operat- ed by Chris Dougherty, hus- band of Nellie Dougherty, financial aid advisor, a week prior to the day you would (Continued on page three)

Paul Bissonnette joined USD in April. from Bissonnette's experience.

O ne of his immediate goals is to "get my arms around the issue of technology and info rmation services. We want to modernize so that we can better serve our students " says Bissonnette. ' While providing the latest technology and new buildings will be challenging, the vice pres ident notes that keeping older buildings up to par is equally important. Students enroll in co llege with the expecta- tion of be ing trained in up-to-date facilities, whether they're sitting in computer or sc i- ence labs , classrooms or lecture halls. Bissonnette is no stranger to student expectations; he was one himself for a good number of years. The New York native spent his undergraduate years at San Diego State University and commuted from Fresno to graduate schoo l at the University of San Francisco. The buzz around campus indicates Bissonnette will have no prob lem living up to his greatest wish . "I hope people think I'm very approach - able," he says. "I really enj oy talking to peo- ple and sharing. I'm pretty open. "

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