October 2017 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2017

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Welden Stevenson Student Center on the North Campus.  Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Scott Miller, David Evans, R.G. Earnest, Kirk Campbell, Chris McNew, Sarah Jo Fendley, and Bill Lovell were present. Trustee Don Tomlinson was absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Don Sugg, Kris Greening, Melissa Bray, Nell Bonds, Joe Berry, Rebecca Martin, Rebecca Hampton, and Trish Villines. Teri Sparks a former student was in attendance.


Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair asked if there were any changes to the agenda. Trustee Earnest made a motion to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed unanimously.


Regular Reports:

Foundation Report:  Dr. Arnold reported that FY2016-2017 net assets were about $6.9 million compared to the previous year of $6.2 million. It was noted that the 2017 Northark Golf Tournament proceeds were about $20,000. He briefly reviewed the progress of the Campus Housing research. He noted that the Dorm Saylors Hall of Fame Dedication was a success.


Finance Report:  Don Sugg reported year-to-date revenue and expenses through September 30, 2017 compared to the previous year. Total revenue appeared to be slightly higher than FY2016-2017 from increased tuition. He reviewed a tuition analysis that indicated a higher number of Out-of-State enrollments, which is resulting in a positive impact on revenue.  He also reviewed Auxiliary year-to-date revenue and expenses through September 30, 2017 compared to the previous year.


President’s Report: Dr. Esters introduced Joe Berry, the Associate Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development. He asked Melissa Bray to provide an update on Manufacturing Day activities. She discussed that area high schools and middle schools had been visiting local industries as well as the North Campus. He noted several recent events including the last Summer Movie of the season and the Business After Hours on the North Campus. He state that the College was planning the second annual Boofest for Northark employees and their families. He briefly reviewed the Title III Grant planned activities. Dr. Esters presented the policies slated for approval and asked Teri Sparks, a former Northark student and current intern in the Human Resources department, to share her Northark success story. Ms. Sparks discussed her background in the public school system and attributed much or her success to Northark’s programs and faculty and staff.


Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included:

the September Regular Meeting minutes, the September Special Meeting minutes, the Academic & Student Service Policies – Dean’s List, Emergency Medical Procedures, Satisfactory Academic Progress for Title IV Financial Aid, Course Audits, Curriculum Changes, Student Organizations, Return to Title IV Funds, Definition of Credit Hour and the approval of Julia Angel as the Center for Teaching and Learning Coordinator. Trustee Lovell made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Evans and passed.


Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Adair requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Miller made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed. The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.