The flags at Weatherford College were lowered to half-staff Thursday afternoon in honor of WC Board of Trustees member Roger Grizzard who died May 25.
Prior to the regular board meeting, a ceremony was held in the Grogan Historic Plaza at 1:15 p.m. in honor of Grizzard. Dr. Tod Allen Farmer, WC president, tolled the Old Main bell seven times with seven seconds between each toll to signify the number of completion.
At the board meeting, flowers were placed at Grizzard’s seat and Farmer spoke of his 22 years of service to the college. Grizzard served on the college board from 1987 to 2007, as board chair from 2003 to 2005, and rejoined the board in 2017.
During his time on the board he served with WC presidents Dr. E.W. Mince, Dr. James Boyd, Dr. Don Huff, Interim President Joe Tison, Dr. Joseph Birmingham, Interim President Brent Baker and Farmer.
“As a trustee, Roger was not only my boss, he was also my friend, and I will dearly miss him,” Farmer said.
In other business the board:
- Approved the minutes of the April 29 and May 9 board meetings.
- Approved the financial reports ending May 31.
- Approved the quarterly investment reports.
- Approved the renewal of a request for proposals for facility maintenance services.
- Approved sealed bids for medical equipment and supplied for 2019-20.
- Approved the renewal of proposals for commercial charter bus services.
- Approved sealed proposals for Associate Degree Nursing simulation lab upgrades.
- Approved the disposal of obsolete and surplus items through e-waste recycling.
- Approved Lela Morris as the board liaison for the WC Foundation Board of Directors.
- Received a proposed 2019-20 budget report from Dr. Andra Cantrell, executive vice president for financial and administrative affairs. The proposed budget is currently balanced at $58,354,645 but does not yet include any potential increase in revenue to due to property evaluations as those figures will not be finalized until July.
- Received a report on Guided Pathways from Cantrell. She highlighted decreases in paperwork and required forms as ways the college is increasing student accessibility to admissions.
- Received an update on the demand study from Mike Endy, vice president of instruction and student services. He highlighted a results from a new course evaluation tool. With a 15 percent student response rate, instructors received an average score of 4.47 on a 5-point scale from their students.
- Received an update on the Vet Tech Program from Endy. Administration is moving forward with the program by reviewing technology needs, preparing a marketing plan, and working on an interlocal agreement with the City of Weatherford.
- Received a graduation report from Adam Finley, executive dean of student services. The total number of degrees earned and certificates completed for the 2018-19 academic year are estimated at 949, this includes an estimate of 171 degrees and certificates being awarded this coming August.
In his President’s report, Farmer:
- Recognized Tonya Edwards and the WC Respiratory Care Program for receiving the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care for the fifth year in a row.
- Recognized Brent Baker and the Institutional Advancement Division team on the success of the 11th annual Taste of Parker County that raised approximately $21,000 for the WC Foundation.
- Recognized Hayden Harbold and the Workforce Education Department on their development and kickoff of WC’s Corporate College.
- Recognized former Coyote baseball players Jake Lyons and Mitchell Walters on their recent selections in the Major League Baseball draft. 40 former Coyotes have been drafted by Major League Baseball franchises since 2004.
- Congratulated the WC rodeo team and coaches Johnny Emmons and Tyler Gifford on their appearance in the College National Finals Rodeo this week in Casper, Wyoming.
- Announced the termination of reference librarian Jeffrey Dunn and the resignations of secretary Lare Houston, life sciences instructor Lori Lum and EMS instructor Steve McCaslin. Marilyn St. Clair also resigned from her role as BCIS department chair but will remain on as faculty.
- Announced enrollment was up 3 percent for the Summer I session with a total of 1,733 students and that projections for Summer II are up 10 percent. Additionally, with 88 days remaining prior to the Fall 2019 census date, enrollment is up 17 percent, or 384 students year-to-date.