October 2021 Meeting Minutes

October 2021 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

October 14, 2021


The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 14, October in the JPH conference center. Chair Miller called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Debbie Johnson, Linda Pledger, Chris McNew, Don Tomlinson, and Pam Henry were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Dr. Rick Massengale, Richard Stipe, Dr. Josephine Kershaw, Kris Greening, Cheryl Keymer, Melissa Bray, Dr. Matt Cardin, Sarah Bing, Cherie Conner, Tavonda Brown, Nell Bonds, Bobby Howard, Tara Smith, Ricci Dillon, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Melissa Bray, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Chandra Huston, Dr. Laura Berry, and guest Harrison Daily Times, James White.

Approval of Agenda

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

Regular Reports

Finance Report

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the operating budget was tracking as expected. The unrestricted funds' revenue for the end year of September 2021 was $5,409,910. During the same period of the month, expenditures were $4,383,612. He pointed out the current month's tuition, mandatory fees, and program fees are negative due to students dropping a course and Northark giving partial refunds. He stated this typically takes place in February and September. We are tracking similar compared to previous years.

The Auxiliary year-to-date revenues were $533,797 for September. The year-to-date expenditures were $530,420. Richard commented we are following a similar trend line to previous years.

Foundation Report- Dr. Rodney Arnold shared the Foundation finances; net assets were $9,628,432 and revenue was $2,041,204 as of June 2021. He stated that a large portion of the revenue was a return in the stock market.

Dr. Arnold announced Risley & Associates, Inc. and Butch May Contracting, Inc. are the 2021-2022 annual fund drive chairs. The twenty-third Annual Northark Foundation golf tournament champions were Carson Journagan, Ben Elliott, and Mark Martin. He shared the progress of the campus housing. Evening on the Plaza will be November 9, 2021. He recognized Mike McNutt as Ozarks Ambassador, Jerry, Barb, and Anne Mitchell as Pioneer Impact Award, Paull Harp as the 2020 Distinguished Alumni, and Wes Bradford as the 2021 Distinguished Alumni.

Upcoming events include the Annual Scholarship luncheon on November 18, 2021, and Economic Update Breakfast Series in January and February 2022.

President's Report— Dr. Massengale shared information on the upcoming Economic Development Summit held on October 28, 2021, at the Durand Center in Crockett Tower. He recognized Brandon Cone and Rick Williams for outstanding staff and outstanding faculty with the Arkansas Community College. North campus received a new Cynergy cargo trailer that will transport the automotive program to the schools. Northark received a $5,000 donation from Emery Sapp & Sons toward the truck driving program. Dr. Massengale shared information on the consent agenda items; the Northark soccer team and the College Update. The progress of the Pioneer Villas Residence Hall is available for viewing on the Northark website.

Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the September Regular Meeting Minutes, Policies: Distance Learning, Facilities/Program Naming, Replacement Position: Economic Faculty, North Arkansas College Soccer program, College Update. Chair Miller asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee McNew seconded by Trustee Pledger and unanimously approved.


Monitoring Report

Dr. Matt Cardin began his report with the results for Enhancing education experiences at Northark through academic coursework. Dr. Cardin stated the concurrent enrollment for Fall 2020 had a 47% increase from Fall 2019. We have a new university partnership with Drury University and possible expansion to offer community night classes to our C4 (Green Forest, Berryville, Eureka Springs). Northark currently offers credit-bearing classes for the first time in Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, and Medical Professions Education at North Central Career Center in Searcy County.

Dr. Cardin updated the group with the new environmental studies plot in connection with the Environmental science grant. As part of the new NSF grant to establish an environmental science program; a grant team in collaboration with Buffalo National River and the University of Arkansas are working with the Boone County Extension office to turn the five acres between the south campus parking lot and the extension office into an environmental studies plot.

Dr. Cardin listed the equipment donations for Tech and Workforce programs, totaling $93,500. He moved on to discuss strategies for increasing and improving diverse experiences at Northark; Increasing focus on the appreciation of diversity within courses, introducing high demand and high-interest programs at Northark, focusing on the appreciation of diverse populations and cultures in co-curricular. Dr. Cardin ended his report by discussing enhancing community engagement at Northark. Adult Education, Community and continuing education, summer camp enrollment, and the difference between 2020 and 2021. Strategies for improving community engagement are as listed: meet with community members and appropriate stakeholders to continue developing relevant summer camps, bring back non-traditional class time offerings; night classes, Saturday, and weekend classes for those working during the day, offer classes off campus at industry locations, offer accelerated class semesters and intersession classes, and customize cohort class opportunities.


Trustee Johnson moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Henry seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.