By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College will say goodbye to Director of College Relations Jaime Kazlo Watson later this month.
Kazlo Watson, who took over the college relations post on June 30, 2011, was one of 10 CCC faculty and staff members who learned in November that they would lose their jobs due to the college’s anticipated $600,000 budget gap for next school year.
“It was disappointing news to hear that I was part of the layoffs,” she said this week.
But while Kazlo Watson did not expect this outcome when she took the job less than two years ago, she said she understands the college’s financial situation.
“It’s been a pleasure to work in the North Country for the past couple of years,” she said. “I have met so many talented people and will value this experience.
“I thank (CCC) President John Jablonski for the opportunity and wish him and the college the best of luck in the future.”
LAST DAY FEB. 22
Like the other CCC employees recently tagged for layoff, Kazlo Watson was given the option of remaining employed at the college through Aug. 31 of this year. She, however, has opted to make Feb. 22 her last day, as she and her husband, Chris Watson, are expecting their first child next month.
“I decided to start maternity leave a little bit early,” she said.
Upon departing the college, Kazlo Watson plans to move to Albany to be with Watson, who works there as a sports anchor for the cable news station YNN.
Kazlo Watson also worked for the station as a news anchor and lived in Albany for 10 years before moving to the North Country to accept the job at Clinton Community.
“Now that I’ve had time to digest the news and wrap my brain around it, it really is all for the best,” she said of being laid off.
‘WISH HER WELL’
In the absence of a director of college relations at CCC, Jablonski said, all media and public-relations requests with be referred to the college’s Institutional Advancement group, at least for the time being.
The group is headed by Vice President for Institutional Advancement Steven Frederick and comprises members from various departments within the college.
Jablonski added that he is pleased with the work Kazlo Watson has done for Clinton Community during her time there.
“Jaime’s done an outstanding job, and we wish her well in future endeavors.”
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