The Weatherford College Board of Trustees named new board officers and approved the first step in a mutual agreement with WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton during their regular meeting Thursday afternoon.
Mac Smith was elected Board Chair, Sue Coody was elected Vice Chair and Lela Morris was elected Secretary.
Eaton had previously requested to be transitioned to another role at the college and the board met in closed session with attorney Dan Curlee concerning that transition. After the closed session, a motion to approve an agreement drawn up by Curlee passed unanimously.
Smith explained that details concerning the agreement are still in flux and will be finalized at a future meeting.
In other business:
- The board approved the minutes of the May 11 and May 17 meetings.
- The board renewed independent audit services with Snow Garrett Williams, Certified Public Accountants.
- The board renewed depository bank services with Prosperity Bank.
- The board approved bids for medical equipment and supplies for 2017-18.
- Dr. Andra Cantrell, Executive Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs, presented an update on the 2017-18 proposed budget, and the board requested an additional budget workshop.
- Adam Finley, Executive Dean of Student Services, provided a graduation report which reflects 962 graduates for August 2016, December 2016 and May 2017 combined. Of those graduated participating in the commencement survey, 32 reported an intent to transfer to Midwestern State University with Tarleton State University following with 29 students.
- Brent Baker, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, gave the annual update on the WC Foundation. He reported the assets of the Foundation have nearly doubled over the past 10 years and currently stand at nearly $8.4 million. More than $1 million in scholarships have been awarded in the past five years to WC students.
- Curlee provided an update on the progress being made with Granbury ISD regarding the agreement to increase the size of the WC Education Center at Granbury.
In his president’s report, Eaton:
- Provided an enrollment update that shows the Summer I headcount is up 13.7 percent and contact hours are up 6 percent. Summer II numbers also appear to be up, with a 9.7 percent increase in contact hours. Early Fall enrollment number are up significantly with a 12 percent increase in headcount and a 12.5 percent increase in contact hours.
- Provided employee notices from Dr. Matt Joiner, Dean of WC Wise County, who resigned to take a position with the Region XI Educational Service Center; and Colleen Walker, cosmetology instructor, who retired.