May 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

May 12, 2016

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, May 12, 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, Dr. Marcus Jones, Sara Jo Fendley, Jim Milum, and Jane Adair were present.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Jackie Elliott, Don Sugg, Dr. Michael Wiggins, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Katie Vaughn, Jamie Stevens, Don Tomlinson, Kevin Somers, Cindy Mayo, David Zirkle, Kristin Griffin, Kristy Thomas, Mikci Somers, Sharla Hellen, Landon Chambers, 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. Russell Larimore was 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 with the addition of the New Business item Appointment of the Northark President. The motion was seconded by Trustee Matt Miller and passed unanimously.

Regular Reports:

Finance Report:  Don reviewed revenue through April 30, 2016, which was trending at a total of 87.7% of budget. He also reviewed that expenses through April, 2016 were trending at approximately 81% of budget. He also reviewed the status of the Auxiliary account revenue and expense trends.

President’s Report:  Dr. Elliott 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 April Meeting Minutes, the May 3, 4, 6, & 11 Special Meeting Minutes, replacement positions for two adult education instructors and replacement of the RN program director. The Consent Agenda also included a proposal to “disallow” ACT 226 and the FY2016-2017 Provisional Grant Position contracts. Trustee Campbell made a motion to approve the consent agenda, which was seconded by Trustee Jones and passed.

Monitoring Reports:

2.4 Technology—Rick Williams reviewed recent and planned improvements to increase satisfaction with Northark Technology as measured by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). He noted that CCSSE is performed every two years and was last administered in 2014. Recent improvements included the upgrade of Carroll County Bandwidth, the migration to Office365, and the consolidation of data centers. He noted upcoming improvements to wireless access and student information systems.

4.4 Concurrent—Dr. Wiggins discussed the number of concurrent enrollments over the last six years. He stated that recent partnerships and the high school appreciation lunch were designed to increase concurrent enrollment.  Northark dipped in concurrent enrollments slightly from 2014—2015 to 2015-2016.

5.3 Education Experience—Dr. Wiggins discussed recent and planned improvements designed to improve the Educational Experience as measured by CCSSE. Improvements included new programs and certificates, additional four-year partnerships, and the planned implementation of Guided Pathways. Chair Miller requested a motion to approve the monitoring reports as presented, which was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Matt Miller, and passed.

New Business:

Tuition/Fees/Misc. Fees: Don reviewed the proposed tuition included no increase for the 2016-2017 academic year. He discussed that the mandatory Technology fee was designed to increase in two years from $8 per credit hour to $10 per credit hour. He discussed that the Health Professions fee was proposed to increase from $20 per credit hour to $28 per credit hour. The Technical Program fee was proposed to increase from $5 per applicable credit hour to $15 per credit hour, excluding Truck Driving and Welding. He also noted the proposed Science Lab fee was to change from $25 per course to $8 per credit hour.  Trustee Milum made a motion to approve the proposed increases as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Evans and passed unanimously.

Operating Budget: Don reviewed the proposed operating budget which was based on 37,000 student semester credit hours. He stated that the budget included some possible mid-year salary adjustments depending on enrollment. The proposed budget included a small net gain of $37,892. Trustee Jones made a motion to approve the budget as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed.

Appointment of President: Trustee David Evans made a motion to appoint Dr. Randy Esters as the next North Arkansas College president, effective July 1. The motion was seconded by trustee Adair. Chair Miller requested all in favor to vote, yes. The appointment was approved unanimously.

Executive Session:

Chair 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 Miller requested a motion to reconvene in regular session which was made by Trustee Milum seconded by Trustee Lovell, and passed.

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 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                              

Submitted by: Trish Villines