January 2017 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2017


The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus. Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 3 p.m.


Oath of Office: Chair Adair recognized Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway who led the Oath of Office for newly elected Trustees Don Tomlinson, Chris McNew, and R.G. Earnest. Following the Oath of Office, the roll was called. Trustees David Evans, Bill Lovell, Kirk Campbell, R.G. Earnest, Chris McNew, and Don Tomlinson were present.  Trustees Scott Miller and Sara Jo Fendley were absent.


Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Donna Wood, Don Sugg, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Cindy Mayo, Micki Somers, Kris Greening, Laura Berry, Charla Jennings, Chad Hathaway, David Zirkle, Nell Bonds, Cheryl Keymer, Nikki Davidson, Randy Scaggs, Stacie Klott, Ricci Dillon, Trish Villines, and Rick Williams. Russell Larimore was also in attendance. David Holsted and Lee Dunlap 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:  Don Sugg provided the finance report, which indicated that Education and General Revenues were trending above budget.  Student semester credit hours were 1.3% above the planned budget. He reported that the Auxiliary fund appeared to project an approximate $15,000 deficit, but inventory processes book rental returns could positively affect the budget before the end of the fiscal year.


Foundation Report: Dr. Arnold presented the quarterly Foundation update. He noted total net assets just over $6 million, as of November, 2016. He discussed the fall activities hosted by the Foundation. Progress on the potential viability of student housing was discussed. He reminded the Trustees that NJCAA Division II National Tournament would take place in March and that sponsors were still being secured. Plans for the 2017 Summer Movie Series included Northark providing concessions. He told Trustees Evening on the Plaza would be April 20th.


President’s Report: Dr. Esters reported a potential increase in Spring 2017 headcount of 48 and 671 student semester credit hours. It was noted that the upcoming drop for non-payment deadline could impact the projected increase. Ideas for renovations to the baseball field and an outdoor student space were discussed. A video was showed highlighting the recent partnership with Buffalo National River and University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Esters updated the Trustees on the status of institution-wide Strategic Planning. He stated that the College had intentionally paused the process in order to include the new Vice President of Academic Affairs. He said regular progress reports will be provided to the campus community and Trustees. It was noted that there would be policies for review and approval at the February meeting. Dr. Esters asked Chair Adair for an update about the December 2016 Annual Arkansas Department of Higher Education Conference. Chair Adair discussed that that Trustees are primarily responsible for acting in good faith of the College and community. Trustee Evans added that state agendas continue to encourage Trustees to focus on completion and retention. Dr. Esters reminded the Trustees that a New Member Orientation would take place on Jan. 23.


Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, which included the December 2016 minutes. Trustee Lovell made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Trustee Campbell seconded and the motion passed.


Board Comments:

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