November 2020 Meeting Minutes

November 2020 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

12 November 2020


The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 12 November 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 David Evans, Chris McNew, Kevin Cheri, Bill Lovell, Sarah Newman, and Scott Miller were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Nell Bonds, Tavonda Brown, Rodney Arnold, Rick Massengale, Micki Somers, Linda Pledger, Pam Henry, Ricci Dillon, Carla Jacobs, and Brandy Gatlin.

Approval of Agenda

Chair Earnest asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none a motion was made, unanimously approved.


Regular Reports

Finance Report—Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through October 31, 2020.

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the year-to-date total revenue was at $6,219,922 which is about 47% of this year’s budget and the expenditures ended at $4,889,232 which represents about 36% of this year’s budget. Ending with a total net gain of $1,330,691. Richard stated the trend lines are right in line compared to last year.

Auxiliary: Revenue for October 2020 revenue totals are $505,546 and the expenditures totals are $522,002. Net negative of $16,456 for the end of October. Richard stated with the low traffic of students on campus, the college store is not at the level as it has been in previous years. He ended with a similar summary of the auxiliary expenditures as the auxiliary revenue.


President’s Report—Dr. Esters mentioned the Live Q & A with the Harrison eight grade through the WIN project. The Elected Leadership Coffee was held October 29th with Congressman Steve Womack, Senator Scott Flippo, Breanne Davis, Representative Jack Fortner, and Ron McNair. Dr. Esters commended the Commencement Award recipients; Mike Masterson and Don Sugg and mentioned that North Arkansas College was chosen out of twenty schools in the nation to pilot Mike Rowe’s certification program.

Dr. Esters stated the enrollment is low compared to last Spring semester. North Arkansas College is in the process of working diligently to market. He mentioned the new signage at the Carroll County campus and commended Micki Somer’s work.  Dr. Esters encouraged the community to reach out to our CPI office to sponsor a child in need for the Shining Star Christmas program.


Dr. Esters reported have our proposal to be evaluated by the State and State Chamber for the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Innovation. Essentially, they will do a full evaluation on what we have in place and our plans. Dr. Esters mentioned that part of the plan is the Advanced Manufacturing Building. The cost is estimated six to eight million and Dr. Esters stated we have asked governor for three million. A team from the governor’s office will be visiting the North campus on November 16, 2020.   

Dr. Esters ended the report with the Healthy campus plan for the Spring and noted it will be like Fall but will transition to face-to-face as appropriate. He listed the major components and recommended virtual delivery for many classes that have students from sever programs to the BOT. Cohort classes will follow the HCP.


Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the October Regular Meeting Minutes, Replacement position: RN faculty, Polices: Title IX Informal Resolution, Short- Term Study Abroad. Chair Earnest asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Evans, and unanimously approved.


New Business Agenda

The New Business Agenda included the Recommendation of Board of Trustees Officers Nomination Committee and Employee Bonus. Chair Earnest asked for a motion to approve the Employee Bonus item. A motion was made by Trustee Evans, seconded by Trustee Lovell, and unanimously approved.


Board Comments

Trustee Newman thanked everyone for their work and for encouraged and engaging with the students. She thanked everyone for the positive attitude during this time and keeping the group informed. She gave special thanks to Sarah, Sharla, and Tavonda and others for their dedication.


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