February 2017 Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2017


The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, February 9, 2017 in the Durand Center on the Center Campus. Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Jane Adair, Scott Miller, Bill Lovell, David Evans, Kirk Campbell, Jim Milum, Sara Jo Fendly, Don Tomlinson, R.G. Earnest were present. Trustee Chris McNew was absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Donna Wood, Don Sugg, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Micki Somers, Kevin Somers, Kris Greening, Ricci Dillon, Katie Vaughn, David Holsted, and Trish Villines. Russell Larimore was also in attendance. David Holsted represented the Harrison Daily Times.


Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair asked if there were any changes to the agenda and there were none.  


Regular Reports:

Finance Report:  Ricci Dillon provided the finance report, which indicated that Education and General Revenues were trending above budget and expenses were in line with the previous year. She reported that auxiliary revenue sales in the “other” category was significantly above previous years because of the implementation of offering fuel cards. There was discussion that the idea for offering fuel cards came from student feedback.


President’s Report: Dr. Esters reported a potential increase of 17 full-time-equivalent student for Spring 2017 compared to Spring 2016. He noted that the College is cautiously optimistic that enrollment is trending slightly higher than last year; however, he also stated that the minimal increase is still below enrollments in Spring 2013, 2014, and 2015. He briefly reported that the basketball Pink-Out Night was successful. He gave a brief update that the baseball and softball seasons were underway. There was discussion about pending legislation. It was noted that the governor signed the Higher Education Productivity Funding bill. There was also discussion about the pending conceal carry bill. He mentioned the planned opening for the Blue and You Health Education Simulation Center and that ADHE Director Dr. Maria Markham would attend the opening and speak at graduation. Dr. Esters reviewed the proposed policies for approval. Dr. Arnold was asked to provide a housing update.  It was discussed that the original study revealed a need for about 100 beds for students; but, but the cost per bed was projected at a rate that was more expensive than students are willing to pay. Kris Greening then provided the annual Benefits and Compensation report to the Trustees. The Benefit to Salary ratio declined slightly since 2014-2015, but is still slightly higher than the two-year average. The total salaries for 2015-2016 were at $7.4 million, total benefits were at $2.59 million, and total compensation at $10 million. Total compensation as a percent of budget for 2015-2016 was at 76%. It was noted that total employee numbers had decreased from 166 to 145 since 2012.


Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, which included January Meeting Minutes, The Institutional Safety & Security Policies: Sex Offender Registration; Minors on Campus; Prevention of Violence; and Possession of Weapons, The Institutional Facilities & Campus Property Policies: Facility naming; Loitering; Parking and Freedom of Speech, and a proposal for naming the Athletic Hall of Fame—the Dorman R. Saylors Athletic Hall of Fame. Trustee Lovell made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Trustee Campbell seconded and the motion passed.


New Business: Dr. Randy Esters spoke on the proposal of the Title III consultant. The consultant’s duties are to edit the product. The consulting cost is set to be a seven percent commission of the total awarded amount in the 2017-2018; if the grant is not awarded in 2017-2018 the seven percent commission increases to ten percent for the 2019 grant cycle. Trustee Miller made the motion to approve the Grant consultant, Trustee Fendley seconded the motion, which passed.


Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Adair requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Lovell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Campbell, and passed. The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

Chair Adair                                                                                    Submitted by Trish Villines