Betty Jo Graber was sworn in as the Place 5 trustee on the Weatherford College Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Thursday. Gary Jordan, former WC board member, administered the oath of office.
Graber, who retired from WC in 1991 after coaching basketball for more than 35 years, will complete the Place 5 term left vacant when Trey Cobb resigned two months ago. The term runs through May 2015.
Graber is a long-time supporter of WC and especially of its athletic teams. An active member of the Coyote Basketball Booster Club, she has played pivotal roles in the organization and serves as a mentor for the student-athletes.
Graber had a distinguished career in women’s basketball, chairing the Women's Basketball Committee from the inception of the NJCAA Women's Division in 1975 until her retirement. Among her other accomplishments, she served as an assistant coach for the 1977 USA Junior Select Team, the 1978 National Junior Team, the 1979 World Championship and Pan American Teams, and the 1982 U.S. National Team. Additionally, she helped to establish the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association and stands second on the all-time win list for inactive coaches in NJCAA women's basketball, leading the Lady Coyotes to two national tournaments. Graber was voted National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1980.
Also, after a closed session at the end of the regular meeting, the board conducted College President Kevin Eaton’s annual performance evaluation. Trustees approved a two-year extension of Eaton’s contract through Dec. 31, 2016.
Additionally, the board voted to approve the re-platting of land leased to the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. The restructuring of property lines will allow additional space for an educational Log Cabin Village. The DHCC and WC will partner to use the Log Cabin village to create educational opportunities for both institutions.
Also, the board:
- Approved the laying of a commemorative cornerstone at the Don Allen Health Science Building at its completion by the Phoenix Masonic Lodge 275;
- Approved the 2012-13 financial audit as presented by representatives from Snow Garrett Williams, CPAs;
- Heard a construction update regarding the Don Allen Health Science Building;
- Heard a report on the cash balance and financials as of October 31, 2013;
- Heard announcements, including upcoming College events: Employee Awards dinner, Dec. 13; GED Graduation ceremony, Dec. 15; O.T.A. Program graduation ceremony, Dec. 14; “Messiah” concert, Dec. 16; Winter Break, Dec. 23-Jan.5 and basketball home games, Jan. 8.
In his President’s Report, Eaton recognized several employees for jobs well done:
- Kathy Boswell, Mike McGough, Deborah Muron, Laura Rea and Stephenie Fields for the outstanding job they did with WC’s Occupational Therapy Assistance Program accreditation.
- Johnson Controls employees for their outstanding work clearing ice from stairs and sidewalks during the recent ice storm.
- Campus Police officers for putting in many hours clearing ice and transporting students.
- WC’s Cafeteria workers who spent the night in the Doss Center in order to provide hot meals for dorm residents.
- Technology department employees for working overtime to resolve some major hardware failures over the past week. A switch failure required these individuals to reroute numerous systems to make sure that WC’s end users were able to access all of the College’s sites.
- Liz Endsley, WC History instructor, for her professionalism. The following item was posted in the Hood County News in late November: “Cheers to Professor Endsley at Weatherford College in Granbury. You make History a treat to learn. I just wanted to thank you for an awesome learning experience.”
The next scheduled regular meeting of the WC Board of Trustees is Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
This synopsis is intended as a brief overview of some actions taken by the Weatherford College Board of Trustees at its regular meeting in DECEMBER and is for general information purposes only. This abbreviated summary is not intended to represent or reflect all discussion and action taken by the board at this meeting. Specific details outlining all action taken by the board are recorded in the official Board Meeting Minutes, prepared and maintained by the College President's Office.