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WC board names historic plaza after Roy and Jeanne Grogan

Grogan Historic Plaza

In their bimonthly meeting Thursday, the Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to name the historic bell and arch plaza located on campus the Roy and Jeanne Grogan Historic Plaza.

The Grogans have donated more than $120,000 to the college and the WC Foundation over the years, including a large gift establishing the Roy and Jeanne Grogan Scholarship Endowment.

Mr. Grogan served on the WC Board of Trustees from 1965 to 1978 and was a key player in the relocation of the campus from South Main Street to its current location.

“That was a difficult decision that proved to be one of the landmark moments in the history of the college,” said Brent Baker, WC Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

The Grogans were also among the founding donors of Project Opportunity, a non-profit foundation that provides full scholarships to Weatherford High School graduates attending WC. Mr. Grogan served as the president of Project Oportunity for most of the organization’s history, and Baker said Grogan’s leadership has brought hundreds of students to the college.

Both of the Grogans attended Weatherford College in the 1940s. Mr. Grogan received the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1969 and the Carlos Hartnett Award from the WC Foundation in 2000.

In other business:

• Behavioral Science Department Chair Don Jacobs and student Nacquila McMillian shared the opportunities in the college’s forensic sciences courses and thanked the board for their support.

• Jack DeShazo, former trustee, and Vance Christie, Agriculture Program Director, discussed the future of the WC agriculture program and changes implemented over the past year.

• President Dr. Kevin Eaton presented a final update on the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan to the Board.

- Highlights of the plan include major renovations and construction projects spearheaded by the Board of Trustees including the construction of the Stuart Field softball complex in 2011, the WC Wise County campus in 2012, the Academic Building in 2012 and the Don Allen Health Science Building in 2014.

- Renovations over the past five years include new rooflines on 12 buildings, upgraded campus lighting and irrigation, renovations to the the Doss Student Center and many more projects.

- Over the past five years the college has also increased its number of university partners, expanded dual credit programs, implemented a first-year college experience/student success class, and established a Veterans Center. These are just a few of the achievements made as part of the five-year strategic plan.

In his President’s report, Eaton:

• Recognized student Kaci Lusk on her $1,500 scholarship from the Phi Theta Kappa honor society as the 2016 Dr. Mary Hood Texas Region Scholar.

• Recognized WC Police Chief Paul Stone and his department as well as Erin Davidson and the Food Services staff for their assistance with campus cookouts in Weatherford, Granbury and Mineral Wells.

• Provided an enrollment update. On the official count date, the fall enrollment stood at 5,629 students, a 2.44 percent increase from this time last year.

• Provided the board with a report for the preceding fall, spring and summer semesters that examines the access and affordability of the college.