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Community members vie for vacant WC board seat

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Six community members addressed the Weatherford College Board of Trustees Thursday expressing their interest in being appointed to fill a vacant seat on the board.

Participating candidates included Dr. Richard Bowers, Scott Butler, Dr. Kent Glenn, Roger Grizzard, Priscilla Hall and Rev. Martin Knox.

Butler is a recent graduate of WC where he was active with the Veterans Organization, is a current student at TCU and ran for a spot on the board this past May.

“I think I have a fresh perspective of what the students, who are basically our customers, want and need to grow currently and in the future,” he said. “I believe I can be a great asset along with your experience and expertise.”

Hall attended WC several decades ago before going into the workforce. After hitting the ceiling in her job growth and watching her name be passed over time and time again for promotions, Hall returned to WC in 1995 as a non-traditional student to complete her associate’s degree and go on to complete her bachelor’s at the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Once I got my degree, everything in my life changed,” she said. “I received my bachelor’s in 1998 and within six months was offered a director’s position in training, which I had been trying to do for years. . . The main reason I’m here is I want to give back to Weatherford College what it gave to me.”

Knox is senior pastor at Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Hudson Oaks. His family came to Parker County nearly three years ago from Temple where he served on the Board of Trustees at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor for 11 years. He is currently a member of the Weatherford Rotary Club and is active in the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce.

“I feel like that is part of my calling,” he said. “Not to just be with the people at the church but to be involved with the community as well.”

Grizzard is a retired high school educator and owner of The Pizza Place in Weatherford. He formerly served on the WC board from 1987 to 2007. He wants to see the college improve its relationship with Wise County and to make improvements to the Mineral Wells and Granbury locations.

“There is no figure that you can put in terms of economics in how much difference Weatherford College has made in the lives of so many young people, so many veterans and so many older students who realize ‘I need to be retrained,’” he said. “While we must be the best college we can be; we must be the best college we can afford to be.”

Bowers retired in 2016 after 47 years at WC where he served as a physics instructor, department chair, dean and vice president. He said each of those positions provided new perspective on how the college functions. He also ran for a place on the board during the last election.

“I believe it’s the job of each board member to keep the mission statement in mind when making policy decisions – that is we are to ensure the college is providing effective learning opportunities,” he said. “Those three words encompass everything we are here to do. That means, to me, we must maintain quality education at an affordable cost.”

Glenn, a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors, has worked with the college agriculture and veterinary assistant programs and is proud of the academics fostered by the college. He praised the cost of tuition, the expansion of dual credit and the college’s efforts to offer classes in the surrounding communities.

“I love working with the AG kids,” he said. “I was an FFA student years ago. I have heart for the agriculture program you have here and would appreciate an opportunity to help you in any way that I can.”

Action on who to appoint to fill the vacancy will take place at a later meeting.

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes of the August board meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports ending July 31 and Aug. 31.
  • Approved the quarterly investment report.
  • Approved an interlocal contract through The Cooperative Purchasing Network to replace the Doss Student Center roof which was damaged during an Aug. 6 storm.
  • Approved the appointment of board member Judy McAnally as the liaison to the Weatherford College Foundation board.

In his president’s report, Interim President Brent Baker:

  • Updated the board on Fall 2017 enrollment figures.
  • Recognized the faculty and staff of the college for their work in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts; Tonya Edwards and the respiratory care program for their recent re-accreditation; Adam Finley, John Turntine and other staff members for their work on Welcome Week; and the Social Sciences Department for their Constitution Day events.
  • Announced the retirement of cosmetology instructor Colleen Walker.

NOTE:  The board also approved moving forward with a real estate arrangement with the Granbury ISD. That item will be covered in a separate media release.

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