2023 March Agenda and Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting
March 9, 2023
JPH Conference Center


This is a reminder that the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, March 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

  • February Regular Meeting Minutes
  • New policy: Student Housing - Occupancy Selection
  • AAS in Data Analytics
  • TC in Data Analytics

Monitoring Report

  • Optimize deployment and use of technology - Ryan Hoffman

New Business

  • Recommendation of Commencement Awards
  • Appointment of Presidential Evaluation Committee

Board Comments


Board of Trustees

March 09, 2023

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

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Dr. Rodney
Arnold, Jo Adams, Dr. Rick Massengale, Ryan Hoffman, Melissa Bray, Nell Bonds, Kris Greening, Kelsea Lowery, Tavonda Brown, Cheryl Keymer, Dr.  David Mason, and Harrison Daily Times, Jeff Dezort.


Approval of Agenda

Chair McNew asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. Richard Stipe asked to add Art and AC Contracts to new business, a motion was made by Trustee Pledger, seconded by Trustee Henry, and unanimously approved. 


Regular Reports

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

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated total revenue for the month was $ 734,948, and the year-to-date was $13,200,621. The expenditures for the month were $1,096,431, and the year-to-date was $10,956,382, which is in trend with this time of year.

Auxiliary: Revenue for the current month ended at $34,753 with a year-to-date total of $1,446,191. Mr. Stipe stated the revenue aligns with this time of the year. Expenditures current month total ended at $203,567 and a year-to-date total of $1,523,470. There was a net gain year-to-date of $77,279. Mr. Stipe said the expenditures are slightly over the revenue, primarily due to the Grill operations. He said there had been adjustments, and the gap is closing as we get to the end of the year.

President's Report—Dr. Massengale congratulated the first class on the Machining training completion. Dr. Massengale acknowledged Hannah Harrison, a sophomore agricultural student at Northark, for taking top honors during the Young Farmers & Ranchers conference. He celebrated Coach Hunter for his 700 wins. Dr. Massengale congratulated David Zirkle and Chad Hathaway for their recognition as NCCER Subject Matter Experts. He invited everyone to attend the Economic Update Luncheon on March 15th in JPH and the Career Fair on March 16th in the Pioneer Pavilion. He announced the grand opening of the Pioneer Wilderness Bike Trail on Wednesday, March 29th, at 2:00 p.m., located at the south campus.


Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the February regular meeting minutes, new policy, Student Housing Occupancy Selection, AAS in Data Analytics, and TC in Data Analytics. Chair McNew asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Newman, seconded by Trustee Miller, and unanimously approved.

Monitoring Report

Ryan Hoffman presented the March monitoring report, optimize deployment, and use of technology. Ryan discussed the strategic plan objectives, optimize deployment and use of technology, and Enhance physical and technological facilities and infrastructure. He listed the classrooms that converted from Zoom or Traditional to Collaboration Capable. Mr. Hoffman reported network and Wi-Fi upgrades. He discussed the Target X CRM. He recorded upcoming projects, LRC A/V overhaul, North Student center A/V overhaul, North classrooms projector upgrades, installation of six smart projectors, adding two or more collaboration-capable rooms at the Carroll County Center, and converting six zoom rooms to collaboration-capable rooms.


New Business

Recommendation of commencement awards: A proposal of Jim Sprott and John Weir was made by the commencement award committee chaired by Trustee Pledger for the Board of Trustees award. Trustee Pledger said both Mr. Sprott and Mr. Weir had been long-time advocates of Northark. Mr. Sprott has served on the college board and is currently on the Foundation board. Mr. Weir is an investment advisor with over 38 years of experience in the finance industry. A motion was made by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Henry, and unanimously approved.

Appointment of Presidential Evaluation committee: Chair McNew appointed Trustee Henry as chair of the committee with Trustees Miller, Feighert, and Johnson.

Art/ AC Contract: Chair McNew asked Richard to please add information. Richard Stipe said the two projects and the maximum funding were approved at the previous meeting. The bids were received, and the recommendation was made for Butch May for the Art expansion and Curtis Heating and Cooling for the AC project. A motion was made by Trustee Tomlinson, seconded by Trustee Newman, and unanimously approved.


There being no further business, Chair Chris McNew adjourned the meeting at 3:35 p.m.

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