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WC Board moves Forward with Presidential Search

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The Weatherford College Board of Trustees ratified a contract with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to conduct the search for the college’s next president during a meeting Thursday afternoon.

TASB is a non-profit organization based in Austin. TASB’s Executive Search Services (ESS) division has assisted more than 670 organizations with CEO searches since 1988. TASB’s network of institutions includes 46 associate-member community colleges, including WC.

Although most of TASB’s executive search experience has been with school districts, TASB ESS Director Butch Felkner said their methodology works across the spectrum of institutions.

“Our process is proven,” Felkner said. “The process will work with community colleges, universities and corporations. Our philosophy is that the board drives the search. Our team is experienced and several have worked as adjunct faculty in colleges throughout the state. All understand the importance of leadership and the search process as it relates to the ‘fit’ of the leader in the entity. TASB’s efforts will be to find the best leader that meets the qualifications and characteristics that are agreed upon by the community and board.”

TASB’s total fee, ratified during the regular meeting, will be $16,500 to conduct the search.

Brent Baker has served as interim president since June 8 after Dr. Kevin Eaton stepped down from the president’s post in May.

No specific timetable was given regarding the search, but TASB officials said they are scheduling multiple stakeholder meetings, beginning January 9.

In his president’s report, Baker:

  • Recognized Agriculture Director Vance Christie and all who volunteered for the Leadership Development Contest which attracted 300 students from 28 high schools to the WC campus.
  • Recognized Upward Bound Director Jeff Kahlden for his installation as treasurer of the Council for Opportunity in Education.
  • Thanked Nancy and Richard Stuart for their most recent gift to the WC Foundation scholarship endowment. The Stuarts have donated more than $344,000 over the past 12 years.
  • Thanked board members Elaine Carter, Dr. Richard Marlett, Judy McAnally and Lela Morris for attending the Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference in Austin with members of the college administration.
  • Announced the resignations of Kylee Studioso, Recruitment Coordinator, and Sarah Massengale, Administrative Assistant for Student Populations.
  • Announced the retirement of Terry Brock, Administrative Assistant for the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapy Assistant programs. Brock has worked at WC for 19 years.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved the minutes of the Nov. 9 board meeting.
  • Approved the quarterly investment report.
  • Approved the financial reports ending Nov. 30.
  • Approved a secretary/clerk certificate authorizing administration to enter into a master lease agreement with Dell Marketing and Dell Financial Services.
  • Approved the 2016-17 financial audit as presented by Snow Garrett Williams partner Kathy Williams. Williams presented a positive outlook for the college and thanked the WC Business Office, led by Dr. Andra Cantrell, for its efficiency and transparency.
  • Approved supporting Richard Barret with all of the college’s 295 votes to serve on the Parker County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  • Heard a report from WC Police Chief Paul Stone on the campus traffic safety plan and a proposal of where to install eight speed bumps on campus.

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