2024 March Agenda and Minutes


Board of Trustees Meeting

March 14, 2024
3 p.m.

This is areminder that the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet in person on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 3 p.m. in the JPH conference center.

Call to Order — Linda Pledger

Approval of Agenda — Linda Pledger

Regular Reports

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

Consent Agenda — Linda Pledger

  • February Regular Meeting Minutes
  • Rewritten policy: Protection of Human Subjects in Research
  • Replacement position: Success Coach/Academic Advisor

New Business
  • Recommendation of Commencement Awards
  • Appointment of Presidential Evaluation Committee

Board Comments



Board of Trustees 
March 14, 2024 

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday14, March 2024 in the JPH conference center. Chair Pledger called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Don Tomlinson, Scott Miller, Pam Henry, Luke Feighert, Sarah Newman, and Debbie Johnson were present. 

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Dr. Rick Massengale, Richard Stipe, Brandon Cone, Micki Somers, Nell Bonds, Dr. Matt Cardin, Dr. Laura Berry, Jo Adams, Ryan Hoffman, Tavonda Brown, Dr. Rodney Arnold, and Scott McDonald from Harrison Daily Times. 

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

Regular Reports 
Finance Report: Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through February 2024.
In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the total monthly revenue was $592,985, and the expenditures ended at $1,109,475. The year-to-date total of revenues was $ 13,412,301, and expenses were $10,993,944. He said the revenue tracking pattern is above the prior year and is pleased with the finances for February. 
Auxiliary: The month's revenue totaled $49,256, and the expenditures totaled $261,432. The year-to-date revenues were $1,743,321, and expenditures were $1,425,561. Trustee Newman asked when the board will meet about the FY2024-2025 budget. Richard Stipe said it will be either April 3rd or April 4th. Trustee Miller asked about the College Grill. Richard noted that the grill is doing well and that the catering has tremendously increased. 

President's Report: Dr. Massengale and Dr. Cardin discussed the minor changes to the policy, Protection of Human Subjects in Research. Dr. Massengale discussed the High School Health Career Days and the 2024 Career Fair. He mentioned the CRMI building and said we would have a camera installed so everyone could view the progress of the building. 

Dr. Massengale listed an update of the College without Walls, which includes Wabash, Clinton, Jasper, Searcy County, Searcy County Career Center public schools, and the High School Practical Nursing Program (OSD). The goal is to bring college opportunities to the students in our area high schools. Trustee Johnson asked about costs. Dr. Massengale said the high school teachers are already teaching Algebra, and then they can teach College Algebra. He noted that we can do that if we need to sublimate or partner with them on their contract. He said there are teachers available at the high schools and Zoom options. Trustee Miller asked about Cotter and Flippin being a possibility for schools.  

Dr. Massengale said he is working on it, but we are not there yet. Lastly, Dr. Massengale announced that Wabash was chosen for the Presidential Citation Award. 

Consent Agenda 
The Consent Agenda included the February regular meeting minutes, rewritten policy, Protection of Human Subjects in Research, replacement position, Success Coach/Academic Advisor. Chair Pledger asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Henry, seconded by Trustee Johnson, and unanimously approved. 

New Business 
Recommendation of commencement awards: The commencement award committee, chaired by Trustee Miller, proposed the Board of Trustees of 1974 award and Wabash for the Presidential Citation award. A motion was made by Trustee Miller, seconded by Johnson, and unanimously approved. 

Appointment of Presidential Evaluation Committee: Chair Pledger appointed Trustee Newman as chair of the committee, which includes Trustees McNew, Feighert, and Henry. 

Chair Pledger adjourned the meeting at 3:27 p.m. 

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