June 2016 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2016

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, June 9, 2016, in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus. Chair Scott Miller called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Kirk Campbell, David Evans, Bill Lovell, Matt Miller, Sara Jo Fendley, Jim Milum, and Jane Adair were present. Trustee Dr. Marcus Jones was absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Jackie Elliott, Don Sugg, Dr. Michael Wiggins, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Katie Vaughn, Jamie Stevens, Chad Johnson, Kris Greening, Kristin Griffin, Kristy Thomas, Micki Somers, Sharla Hellen, Lori Currie, Sarah Bing, Randy Scaggs, Jimmie Harris, Stacie Klott, Dr. Laura Berry, Ricci Dillon, Rick Williams, and Cheryl Keymer. Lee Dunlap and David Holsted represented the Harrison Daily Times. Chris McNew and Russell Larimore were also in attendance.

Approval of Agenda: Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to approve the agenda. Trustee Milum made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Trustee Matt Miller and passed unanimously.

Regular Reports:

Finance Report:  Don reviewed revenue through May 31, 2016, which reflected a potential year-end revenue gain of approximately $200,000. It was explained that many factors such as year-end expenses, the final payroll disbursements, and vacation accruals could affect the projection. The auxiliary budget was also reviewed through May 31 which was trending at 77% of projected revenue and 61% of planned expenditures.

President’s Report:  Dr. Elliott reviewed highlights from the 2015-2016 academic year.

Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda which included the May Regular Meeting Minutes, approval of Rick Washam as the Executive Director of NAPHE, Carrie Geier as a replacement RN instructor, Bobby Howard as Head Baseball Coach, and Schan Weisman as a new Criminal Justice instructor. The Consent Agenda also included the FY2016-2017 Issuance of Contracts and the annual Board Travel Resolution. Chair Lovell made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Trustee Fendley and passed unanimously.

Monitoring Reports:

5.4—Quality of Relationships—Tavonda Brown reported that in relation to Board ENDS: 5 Climate, Northark measures Quality of Relationships with Administrative Personnel & Offices using the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, which is administered in the fall semester every two years. Since 2007, Northark has consistently performed above the CCSSE cohort group. 

5.5—Loyalty—Tavonda Brown also reported that in alignment with the College Climate, Northark uses the CCSSE question, “I would recommend this college to my friends and family,” as a measure of student loyalty.  Northark has consistently performed above the CCSSE cohort, since 2007. Tavonda discussed recent and planned improvements that impact Northark’s performance on Quality of Relationships and Loyalty. Recent improvements included the opening of the student foodbank, benefits access on campus, financial coaching and staff and faculty development focused on retention and completion.  She stated that planned improvements would include assigned advisors for students, the implementation of guided pathways for degree programs, and piloting self-placement for college level courses. Chair Miller requested a motion to approve the monitoring report. A motion was made by Trustee Milum, seconded by Trustee Matt Miller and approved unanimously.

Executive Session:

Chair Miller requested a motion to meet in Executive Session to discuss personnel. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Milum and passed. The Trustees met in Executive Session. Chair Miller requested a motion to reconvene in regular session, which was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Adair, and passed.

Chair Miller then announced that Dr. Elliott and Human Resources Director Kris Greening received a letter of resignation from Dr. Michael Wiggins, Vice President of Learning effective June 30, 2016. At the recommendation of sitting president Dr. Jackie Elliott, and in agreement with incoming president Dr. Randy Esters, Chair Miller requested a motion to approve the appointment of Dr. Gwen Gresham Executive Vice President of Learning Emeritus as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective July 11, 2016 at a monthly salary equal to her compensation upon retirement in 2013. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Milum, and passed unanimously.

Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to adjourn, which was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Matt Miler, and carried. The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Submitted by: Trish Villines