January 2016 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

January 14, 2016

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, January 14, 2016, in the Bennie Ellis Board Room. Chair Scott Miller called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Kirk Campbell, David Evans, Bill Lovell, Matt Miller, Dr. Marcus Jones, Jim Milum, Sara Jo Fendley and Jane Adair were present.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Jackie Elliott, Don Sugg, Tavonda Brown, Dr. Michael Wiggins, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Katie Vaughn, Jamie Stevens, Stacie Klott, Micki Somers, Cindy Mayo, Kristy Thomas, Kim Tinsley, Linda Davis, David Zirkle, Sarah Bing, Kristin Griffin, and Trish Villines. Lee Dunlap and David Holsted represented the Harrison Daily Times. Russell Larimore was also in attendance.

Approval of Agenda:

Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to approve the agenda. Trustee Lovell made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Trustee Campbell and passed unanimously.

Regular Reports:

Finance Report: Don reviewed FY15‐16 year‐to‐date revenue and expenses through December compared to FY14‐15 revenue and expenses. He also reviewed the auxiliary year‐to‐date revenue and expenses compared to the previous fiscal year. He discussed that the bookstore is no longer anticipating a year‐end deficit.

President’s Report: Dr. Elliott asked Cindy Mayo, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health, and Career and Technical Education, to present information about the development of the Health Education Simulation Center. Dean Mayo reviewed the grant and foundation funding that had been secured for the project. Kim Tinsley, Director of Nursing, showed a video focused on the type of experience students at other colleges have in a Health Education Simulation Center. It was discussed that the Center will allow the program to increase enrollment.

Approval of Consent Agenda:

Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda which included the December minutes and the annual Certification of Solvency. Trustee Matt Miller made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Trustee Adair and passed.

Monitoring Reports:

3.3 Workforce Development — Dr. Wiggins discussed the number of Workforce Training hours Northark has produced annually since 2010 compared to the average of all Arkansas two‐year colleges. Northark has consistently increased the number of training and performed slightly under the Arkansas average in 2013‐2014. Dr. Wiggins discussed recent and planned improvement to help Northark continue to score at or above the Arkansas average. Northark has received a regional Workforce Planning Grant and is developing the next step of the grant. The College has also increased partnerships with business and industry to increase specialized workforce training offered.

4.1 Community Education Enrollment – Dr. Wiggins reviewed the number of Community Education courses and participants since 2010. Northark has consistently increased both courses offered and participants. In 2014‐2015 Northark exceeded its desired target of 2,100 participants by 200 enrollments. Dr. Wiggins reviewed recent and planned improvements to continue increasing community education. He discussed that last summer the College offered its first ever Tech Camps for 6th – 9th graders. He also noted a new partnership with the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute to bring professional development training for law enforcement to Northark. Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to approve the monitoring reports as presented. Trustee Lovell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Fendley and passed.

Executive Session:

Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to meet in Executive Session to discuss personnel. A motion was made by Trustee Matt Miller, seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed. The Trustees met in Executive Session. Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to reconvene in Regular Session. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Matt Miller, and passed. Chair Scott Miller stated that the Board of Trustees had received a resignation letter from Dr. Elliott, effective June 30, 2016. Trustee Jones made a motion to accept Dr. Elliott’s resignation letter effective June 30, 2016. Trustee Campbell seconded the motion. The motion passed. Chair Scott Miller noted several accomplishments that Northark achieved under Dr. Elliott’s leadership which include increasing degrees and certificates awarded, growing the reserve funds, trademarking the GADIE planning model, and developing a comprehensive strategic plan.

Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to adjourn, which was made by Trustee Milum, seconded by Trustee Campbell, and carried. The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

________________________                                                                 Submitted By:Trish Villines

Chair Miller