June 2017 Special Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

June 26, 2017

 

The Northark Board of Trustees met in special session Thursday, June 26, 2017 in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus.  Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 4:36 p.m. Trustees Scott Miller, David Evans, Don Tomlinson, , Kirk Campbell, Chris McNew and Bill Lovell and were present. Trustees Sara Jo Fendley and R.G. Earnest were absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Don Sugg, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Cindy Mayo, Nell Bonds, Micki Somers, Melissa Bray, and Trish Villines. Chair Adiar welcomed Jordan Davis representing the Harrison Daily Times and Harrison Chamber President Patty Methvin.

 

Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair requested changes to the agenda. There being none, the agenda stood as presented.

 

New Business:

Policy Definition Clarification – Policy Title:  General Executive Constraints: It was discussed that current Board Policy prohibited the president from establishing a Vice-President level position. Since the College has never employed an Associate Vice President position, the policy needed clarification. The proposal included a change in the policy from: President shall not: Establish vice-president level positions without prior authorization of the Board.  The President is constrained from establishing a position at this level through hiring a new staff member or transferring currently employed personnel without prior consent.
To: President shall not: Establish vice-president level positions without prior authorization of the Board. (Vice President level is defined as any position above a dean level position. The President is constrained from establishing a position at this level through hiring a new staff member or transferring currently employed personnel without prior consent. A board member may be appointed to serve on search committee for positions at this level.

Trustee Lovell motioned to approve the policy as presented. Trustee Tomlinson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

 

Associate Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development Position:  Dr. Esters discussed that during the FY2017-2018 budgeting cycle, the President and the President’s Cabinet developed a director of workforce, community, and economic development position. The director position was designed to increase efforts in workforce training, community education and concurrent enrollment. The position was structured to report to a dean, who reports to a vice president, who reports to the president. The director position was posted and applications were received.  After continued consideration of workforce as a key college priority and assessment of the organizational structure of the director position, it was determined that a cabinet-level position related to workforce and economic development would more appropriately address institutional needs. It was discussed that the position salary would be between $75k and $80k and that there would be a nationwide search for candidates. Dr. Esters also stated that before beginning the search process he would confirm with area industry and business leaders that the position could benefit their workforce training efforts.  Trustee Miller motioned to approve the creation of the Associate Vice President of Workforce and Trustee Campbell seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Chair Adair then appointed Trustee David Evans to serve on the search committee, if the College moves forward with the position.

 

Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Adair requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Lovell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee McNew, and passed. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Chair Adair                                                                                    Submitted by: Trish Villines