June 2020 Meeting Minutes

June 2020 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

11 June 2020

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 11 June 2020 in the JPH Conference Room /zoom call on the South Campus. Chair R.G. Earnest called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Kevin Cheri, Bill Lovell, David Evans, Chris McNew, Sarah Newman, Scott Miller, and Don Tomlinson were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Don Sugg, Dr. Laura Berry, Tavonda Brown, Melissa Bray, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Micki Somers, Aaron Bueg, Rick Massengale, and guest James White with Harrison Daily Times.

Approval of Agenda

Chair Earnest asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being a motion to move consent item, Emeritus status to New Business was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Evans. Unanimously approved.

Regular Reports

Finance Report—Don Sugg shared financials through May 31, 2020.

In the E&G fund, the Y-T-D tuition, includes the spring semester, revenue is at 92% of budget. He highlighted the expense is under budget with eleven months passed. The Operation is at 84% with the help of travel down and reduction of general offices supplies.  Don stated we ended May with $13,736,092 with a budget of $14,219,975. We should finish the year with a net gain about $200,000. Trend lines are looking good and the expense corresponding with revenue.

Auxiliary: Book sales are doing well with May finishing at $836,971. Don stated we are over budget at 104%. The Expenditures total ended at $1,352,097 and the Transfers & Net Balance ended at $4,891.00. Purchases for Resale is over some from this time last year at $906,490. Don ended with commended the College store for their great efforts.

President’s Report—Dr. Esters recognized North Arkansas College for the listing of fourth best online community college  and having the sixth best RN Program in Arkansas. He list our new academic programs; Information Technologies, Cybersecurity, Paramedic to RN, and Turf Management. We are up 17% on summer enrollment and up 25% on SSCH, largest increase since 2012. Dr. Esters informed the group that we are making plans to bring students back on campus for fall classes.

Dr. Esters shared exciting news of the approval of the National Science Foundation grant of $470,000. He then proceeded to discuss the NAPHE restructure due to budget cuts by Northark and NARMC. Northark will continue to oversee Certified Nursing Assistant, Community Paramedic, and Circle of Life programs.

He stated the Facility Use rate change mainly focused on JPH for non-profits will be a $50.00 flat rate. This will help with coverage, setting up, tearing down, and cleaning of the room. Dr. Esters ended his presentation by discussing the three policies on the Consent agenda; Student Health and Insurance, Animals on Campus, and Reduction in Force.


Monitoring Report

Dr. Rick Massengale presented the Enhanced Divers Experiences report.  Dr. Massengale mentioned the February 26th Civil Conversations with Terrence James Roberts. He listed changes due to COVID-19. Including the cancellations of Study Abroad, CCSE, Summer IN Person classes, and summer camps. Northark rated at 4.131 with PACE survey on student ethnic and cultural diversity importance to the institution. The data from IPEDS Fall enrollment report showed an increase from Fall 2016 to Fall 209 in all minority groups by 4.8%. Dr. Massengale stated the expanding opportunities and footprint with Connect 4 MOU (Carroll Count) and Searcy County MOU.

Dr. Massengale discussed they re-engineered the Information Technology Degree to 4AAS options in Information Technology; Networking, Digital Media, Security, and General. He listed the 3 AAS Business options; Accounting, Management, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He ended his presentation with the new opportunities; A.S. Data Science, T.C. Programming, and A.S. Cybersecurity submitted to ADHE.

Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the May Regular Meeting Minutes; Policies; Facility Usage, Student Health and Insurance, Animals on Campus, and Reduction in Force. Approved Board Travel Resolution for FY2020-20201, Employee Contract List. Chair Earnest asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Miller, and unanimously approved.

New Business

The New Business included the June Special Board Meeting, Emeritus status, and approval for emergency purchase of Audio Video Conferencing systems. Chair Earnest asked for a motion to approve the New Business Agenda items; June Special Board Meeting and approval for emergency purchase of Audio Video conferencing systems.  A motion was made by Trustee Evans, seconded by Trustee Lovell, and unanimously approved.

Chair Earnest asked for a motion to approve the Emeritus Status for Don Sugg. A motion was made by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Lovell, and unanimously approved.

Board Comments

Dr. Esters presented Don Sugg with the VP of Administration and Finance Emeritus. Members of the Board congratulated Don and spoke highly of Don’s dedication and expertise he brought to North Arkansas College. Don gave a heartfelt speech to the Board members and guests.


Trustee Lovell moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Tomlinson seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.