2023 February Agenda and Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting
February 9, 2023
JPH Conference Center


This is a reminder that the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, Feb. 9  at 3 p.m. in the JPH conference center.

Call to Order — Chris McNew

Approval of Agenda — Chris McNew

Regular Reports

  • Finance Report — Richard Stipe
  • President's Report — Dr. Rick Massengale

Consent Agenda — Chris McNew

  • January Regular Meeting Minutes
  • New policy: Student Housing Service and Emotional Animals Support Housing Guidelines
  • Replacement position: physical science faculty

New Business

  • Appointment of Commencement Award Committee

Board Comments


Board of Trustees

February 09, 2023

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 09, February 2023 in JPH conference center. Chair McNew called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Pam Henry, Linda Pledger, Debbie Johnson, Luke Feighert, Sarah Newman, Don Tomlinson, Scott Miller were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Micki Somers, Chandra Huston, Jo Adams, Dr. Rick Massengale, Ryan Hoffman, Melissa Bray, Nell Bonds, Valerie Martin, Kelsea Lowery, Tavonda Brown, Dr. Matt Cardin, Dr.  David Mason, and Mayor Jerry Jackson.


Approval of Agenda

Chair McNew asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. Trustee Pledger asked to add a discussion on policies of Student Housing under new business.  Chair McNew asked for a motion to add the discussion of policies on Student Housing. A motion was made by Trustee Pledger, seconded by Trustee Tomlinson, and unanimously approved. 


Regular Reports

Finance Report—Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through January 2023.

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated total revenue for the month was $ 1,434,361, and the year-to-date was $12,465,672. Mr. Stipe said the revenue is tracking well with percent, and he will watch it through the end of the year. The expenditures for the month were $1,215,747, and the year-to-date was $9,859,959, which is in trend with past months.

Auxiliary: Revenue for the current month ended at $232,195 with a year-to-date total of $1,411,438. Mr. Stipe stated the revenue aligns with this time of the year. Expenditures current month total ended at $179,783 and a year-to-date total of $1,319,903. There was a net gain year-to-date of $91,536. He said the revenue and expenditures trend line is slightly up from previous years. He said they would watch the numbers closely as the fiscal year approaches. Trustee Miller asked if the impact of the College Grill was included in the Auxiliary. Mr. Stipe said that it was included in the auxiliary budget. He said he had not separated the resale of food service yet, with it being a new addition to this year.

President's Report—Dr. Massengale announced the first-place and second-place winners of the Snowman contest, which took place during the time off due to the ice and snow. He thanked the maintenance crew for clearing the parking lots for the students.

He stated the Student Semester Credit Hours were 15,241, and the Headcount was 1,612 for the spring 2023 semester. He said he is very pleased with the enrollment numbers and is excited about the new programs, Associates in Hospitality, Sports Management, and the HVAC TC. Dr. Massengale spoke about Governor Sanders's proclamation on Career and Technical Education Month in Arkansas. Scott Howie, Director of the Technical Center, listed some highlights of the Technical center that included AAS in HVACR; a TC and CP in Energy Management are in the works. He stated four new CNC machines were added with received grants and support from the Board of Trustees and the President's Council. The machines allow for advanced HAAS training and certifications. With the help of a grant and board approval of funds, the HVAC units will be replaced in collision repair and automotive service. Mr. Howie praised the North campus instructors and their hard work in opportunities, grants, and community projects. Dr. Massengale said he is proud of our Technical Center.

Mayor Jerry Jackson presented a proclamation on Career and Technical Education month. Mayor Jackson thanked Northark for the concurrent classes available at Harrison High school that helped his granddaughter gain credit hours that transferred to her current college.

Tavonda Brown presented a draft copy of the Student Housing Occupancy Selection policy. She stated they opened applications to everyone last Fall. Mrs. Brown said of the 76 applications, 13 non-athletes applied and 62 athletes. She then discussed the process of going through each application. Mrs. Brown encouraged the board to send suggestions. Trustee Tomlinson asked how you can get the word out of the applications to all students, including high school. Mrs. Brown said the recruiters informed the high school students of the housing opportunities and listed them on our website. Trustee Tomlinson asked if a date was set to open applications for the Fall semester. Mrs. Brown said the applications are always open, and they will determine dates to reach out to applicants in housing within the following weeks.


Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the January regular meeting minutes, new policy, Student Housing Service and Emotional Animals Support Housing Guidelines, and replacement position, Physical Science Faculty. Chair McNew asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Feighert, seconded by Trustee Newman, and unanimously approved.


New Business

Appointment of Commencement Award Committee

Chair McNew appointed Linda Pledger as Chair of the committee along with Don Tomlinson and Sarah Newman to serve on the Commencement Award committee.


There being no further business, Chair Chris McNew adjourned the meeting at 3:54 p.m.

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