December 2017 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2017


The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, December 14, 2017 in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus. Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Scott Miller, David Evans, Chris McNew, Don Tomlinson, R.G. Earnest and Bill Lovell were present. Trustees Kirk Campbell and Sarah Jo Fendley were absent.


Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Don Sugg, Kris Greening, Joe Berry, Dr. Donna Wood, Dr. Laura Berry, Cindy Mayo, Brandon Cone, Nell Bonds, Ricci Dillon, Scott Howie, Kristin Griffin, and Trish Villines. Russell Larimore was also present.


Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair asked if there were any changes to the agenda. There being none, the agenda stood approved.


Regular Reports:
Finance Report: Don Sugg reported year-to-date revenue and expenses through November 30, 2017 compared to the previous year. He noted that the College Education and General fund has experienced 46% of projected revenue and only 42% of projected expenditures, which appears to position the College to experience a favorable net gain. The Auxiliary Fund has experienced 50% of projected revenue and 48% of planned expenses. It was noted that a possible net gain of about $23,000 would be greater than the planned budget projection, which reflected a loss.


President’s Report: Dr. Esters discussed the recent Cave Region Review and Christmas Expo events. He showed a video from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission highlighting Pace, Industries and Northark. He noted that enrollment for Spring 2018 was down slightly compared to 2017. He also reviewed the policies being presented for approval.


Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included: the November Regular Meeting Minutes and the Policies – Academic Assessment; Academic Grievance; Academic Integrity; Faculty Qualifications; General Learning Outcomes; Program Learning Outcomes; Student Code of Conduct; and Student Placement. The Consent Agenda also included the Curriculum Modifications:


Technical Certificate Changes:

  • Technical Certificate - Digital Media: New certificate; first two semesters of the AAS Digital Media degree
  • Technical Certificate - Business Administration, Accounting (TC): Replace name CIS 1333 Spreadsheet with Spreadsheet I
  • Technical Certificate - Small Business Management: Spreadsheet changed to Spreadsheet I

Associate of Applied Science Changes:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Business Administration, Logistics & Supply Chain Management: CIS 2543 Intro to Project Management will be changed to MM 2543, MM 2123 deleted and CIS 1343 Spreadsheet II added, CIS 1333 changed to Spreadsheet I.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Business Administration, Accounting (AAS): Move BA 2733 to semester 4 replacing CIS Database Mgmt, add BA 2033 to semester 3. Spreadsheet II to replace Spreadsheet App for Accounting. Business Internship add as option to Capstone Project.
  • Associate of Applied Science - Business Administration, Management: CIS 2543 changed to MM 2543, Spreadsheet changed to Spreadsheet I with addition of Spreadsheet II which replaces one hospitality/transportation management course, Internship is included as an or to the capstone course.

Associate of Arts Change:

  • Associate of Arts - Business: Adding Finite Math as an option for transfer to U of A's Walton College; expanded lab science to include more "physical sciences" confirmation received from ADHE.

Billie Reed for the NAPHE Executive Director replacement position and acknowledgment of Program Reviews in Industrial Electronics Technician & Truck Driving. Trustee Lovell made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Miller and passed unanimously.


Monitoring Reports: Dr. Esters discussed recent facility improvements on the all three campuses. He noted that the Library Remodel, an HVAC upgrade on the South Campus and the upgrade of the North Campus maintenance shop were upcoming projects.


New Business:
Nominating Committee Recommendation: Chair Adair asked Nominating Committee Chair for a recommendation for 2018 Board Officers. Trustee Miller stated the committee recommended David Evans as Chair, Bill Lovell as Vice Chair, and Chris McNew as Secretary/Treasurer. Chair Adair asked for nominations from the floor. There being none, Trustee Tomlinson made a motion to approve the committee recommendation. Trustee Earnest seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Chair Adair then passed the gavel to incoming 2018 Chair Evans. Dr. Esters presented Chair Adair with a recognition plaque thanking her for her service as 2017 Chair.


Board Comments:
There being no further business, Chair Evans requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Lovell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Earnest and passed. The meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

Chair Adair                                                                               Submitted by: Trish Villines