During their monthly meeting Thursday, the Weatherford College Board of Trustees outlined 12 qualities and characteristics they want to see in the next college president.
In an executive session with the Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services, the board listened to feedback provided at a variety of TASB-led meetings with faculty, staff, students and community members in what they want in a college CEO.
With this information in mind, the board unanimously approved the following qualifications and characteristics for WC’s next president:
- A humble, motivational, servant leader who is able to create and maintain a positive organizational culture.
- A proven innovative leader with an ability to collaborate with all stakeholders to develop a vision for the future of Weatherford College.
- A leader with the knowledge of and ability to maximize state, local, federal and other resources.
- A leader who understands the complex issues of multiple campus operations and its effect on students and staff.
- A leader who has proven communication skills that represent and promote Weatherford College to all stakeholders effectively.
- A visible leader with impeccable moral character who embraces the culture and history of Weatherford College, and is actively engaged at college functions and community events.
- A leader that is informed and able to implement the 60x30TX mandate and Guided Pathways.
- A progressive visionary with success in implementing and sustaining innovative programs, strategies, solutions, and providing the necessary resources and professional development for success.
- A leader that ensures Weatherford College offers programs and services that allow students to succeed regardless of which path they choose to pursue.
- A leader with the ability to build strategic partnerships with ISDs, universities, trade organizations, industry, and other governmental agencies.
- A creative and innovative leader successful in engaging, and embracing diversity of culture, thought, race, gender, socio-economics and the communities within the college service area.
- A well-rounded educator with classroom experience.
In other business, the board:
- Heard a report on Guided Pathways from faculty and staff involved in the initiative to provide a more streamlined process for students to reach their educational/career goals. Guided Pathways is a national movement, and WC has included representatives from across the college to work on the innovative approach to student success.
- Heard a report on 2018-19 tuition and fees. The Tuition and Fees Committee is recommending a six percent increase in tuition which would include an increase in-district tuition from $80 to $85 per credit hour. WC has not increased tuition since 2014 when the state average was $80 per credit hour for in-district tuition. The current state average for in-district tuition is $89 and is expected to increase to $92 by the fall semester. The board will take action on tuition and fees for the 2018-19 academic year at their March meeting.
- Heard a report on activities planned for the college’s year-long 150th anniversary celebration in 2019.
- Approved the minutes of the Jan. 11 board meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending Dec. 31 and Jan. 31.
- Authorized administration to enter into a master lease agreement with Flair Data Systems under the Cisco Master Lease Agreement.
- Approved the TASB Policy Service Update 33.
- Approved the disposal of obsolete and surplus items through e-waste recycling.
In his President’s Report, Interim President Brent Baker:
- Thanked the employees and students who participated in sessions with Dr. Raymund Paredes, the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education, who visited campus Jan. 29.
- Recognized softball coach Haylee Williams on her 200th win as a head coach, men’s basketball coach Mark Osina on his 400th win and women’s basketball coach and Athletic Director Bob McKinley on his 900th career win. McKinley remains the winningest two-year basketball coach in the nation.
- Recognized the group of WC employees who have been meeting for about 18 months in their efforts to select a new Enterprise Resource Planning system – the massive computer system that runs everything from student records, the business office, etc. “They’re close to the finish line,” Baker said, “and I’d like to thank this nine-member committee, led by Greg Shrader, for hours and hours of work finding the best solution for our college.”
- Announced the retirement of Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Dr. Jim Cato and the resignation of mathematics instructor Tristan Moran.