December 2021 Meeting Minutes

December 2021 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

December 09, 2021


The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 09 December 2021 in the JPH Conference Room /zoom call on the South Campus. Chair Miller called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Kevin Cheri, Pam Henry, Debbie Johnson, Linda Pledger, Chris McNew, R.G. Earnest, Sarah Newman were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Michelle Buchanan, Micki Somers, Dr. Matt Cardin, Valerie Martin, Nell Bonds, Dr. Josephine Kershaw, Tavonda Brown, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Ricci Dillon, and James White from Harrison Daily Times.


Approval of Agenda

Chair Miller asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none a motion was made, unanimously approved.


Regular Reports

Finance Report—Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through November 30, 2021.

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the year-to-date total revenue was $8,595,148 and the expenditures ended at $6,413,702. The year-to-date total ended with a net gain of $2,181,446. Richard stated the numbers are tracking at our normal pattern.

Auxiliary: Revenue for the end of November total $194,999 and the Expenditures total $85,431. The year-to-date revenue was $831,985 and expenditures were $779,036. The year-to-date net gain was $58,949. Richard stated the Expenditures are trending consistently to previous years. 

Agricultural Report- Michelle Buchanan shared information about the agricultural program that included introducing hands-on experience with animals, turf management program, greenhouse and high tunnel, and a new composter for the high tunnel. A hydroponics trailer was purchased with the Farm Bureau grant. Michelle said the trailer provides the opportunity to educate students in area high schools of a greenhouse. The turf management program consists of eighteen agriculture majors, eighteen turf management majors, eleven apprentices, five turf students set to graduate in May. Big Cedar, Pinnacle Country Club, Twin Lakes Golf, Benton Parks and Rec, Lawns Plus are apprenticeship sites under the turf management program. Michelle ended with future opportunities; Arkansas Turfgrass conference, Arkansas Strawberry Growers Association, Additional partnerships, and possible concurrent credit opportunities.

President's Report—Dr. Massengale stated the Student Semester Credit Hours were 12,027 and Headcount were 1143 for the spring 2022 semester. He visions an increase in enrollment as we go further in the month. Dr. Massengale mentioned the Blue & You foundation awarded $149,554 to NAC for training and simulation. The Arts program was awarded $200,000 from the Windgate Foundation, this will give the Arts an expansion. He thanked the Northark faculty and staff for volunteering time during the annual Day of Service. North Arkansas College was recognized for seven top programs in the U.S. A few included Best Small Business Management degree program ranked 2, Best Accounting Certificate degree program ranked 4, and Best Community Colleges in Arkansas ranked 6. Dr. Massengale recognized Jeff Smith, HVAC instructor, was chosen to lead the Instructor's Council for the State. Dr. Massengale ended his report with upcoming projects to take place in 2022. This includes Art facility, Soccer, E-sports, Campus housing, outdoor classroom, and an outdoor classroom at the North campus.

Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the November Regular Meeting Minutes, policy: Star-Spangled Banner, and replacement position: Automation and Systems Integration Technology Instructor (grant-funded). Chair Miller asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Cheri, seconded by Trustee Earnest, and unanimously approved.

New Business Agenda

The New Business Agenda included the approval of Lair & Turner School of Business Endowment and the Election of Board of Trustees Officers. Chair Miller asked for a motion to approve the Lair & Turner School of Business Endowment. Trustee Earnest made a motion, seconded by Trustee Newman, and unanimously approved. Chair Miller stated the recommendation of officers are as follows, Trustee Sarah Newman as Chairman, Trustee Chris McNew as Vice-Chair, and Trustee, Linda Pledger, as Secretary. Chair Scott asked if anyone had additional nominations. Trustee Henry made a motion, seconded by Trustee Johnson, and unanimously approved.

Trustee Cheri moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Earnest seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.