September 2017 Special Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Special Meeting Minutes

September 25, 2017


The Northark Board of Trustees met in Special Session Monday, September 25, 2017 in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus.  Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 11 a.m. Trustees Scott Miller, David Evans, R.G. Earnest, Kirk Campbell, Chris McNew, Sarah Jo Fendley, Don Tomlinson, and Bill Lovell were present.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Sarah Bing, and Trish Villines. James White represented the Harrison Daily Times.

Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair asked if there were any changes to the agenda. There being no changes to the agenda, it stood approved as presented.

New Business:

Associate Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development: Chair Adair asked Dr. Esters to briefly review the proposal. President Esters discussed that after the Board established the Associate Vice President position in June he chaired a search committee consisting of one Trustee, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, one representative from the BCEDC, a faculty member from North Campus, two industry representatives, the Harrison High School Superintendent and the director of human resources. Dr. Esters noted that two finalist were brought to campus for interviews. The interviews consisted of meetings with the Harrison High School Superintendent, an open campus forum, the search committee, business and industry leaders, and the president’s cabinet. Dr. Esters discussed that all individuals who attended meetings were given the opportunity to provide feedback. After reviewing the feedback, the Search Committee unanimously recommends Joe Berry for the position of Associate Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development. He noted that Mr. Berry’s contract would begin the week of October 9 and he has agreed to an annual salary amount of $80,000. Chair Adair asked for a motion to approve the recommendation as presented.  A motion was made by Trustee Campbell, seconded by Trustee Miller, and passed unanimously.

Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Adair requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Lovell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Tomlinson, and passed. The meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.