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WC Board of Trustees appoints Trustee, hears Positive Enrollment News

After a short closed session following its regular meeting Thursday, the Weatherford College Board of Trustees appointed Betty Jo Crumm Graber to fill the seat on the board vacated by Trey Cobb last month. Graber, who retired in 1991 after coaching basketball and teaching physical education at WC for more than 35 years, will complete the Place 5 term through May 2015.

“Ms. Graber’s wealth of experience working with young adults and knowledge about the college along with her personal integrity and ability to get along with people and respect by the community make her a natural choice to join the board,” said Frank Martin, WC board chair.

Graber is a long-time supporter of WC and especially of its athletic teams. An active member of the Coyote Basketball Booster Club, she has played pivotal roles in the organization and serves as a mentor for the student-players.

Graber had a distinguished career in women’s basketball, chairing the Women's Basketball Committee from the inception of the NJCAA Women's Division in 1975 until her retirement. Graber was voted National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1980. She was also inducted with the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, served an assistant coach for multiple USA national teams and was a manager for the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic Team.

During the regular meeting session, WC president Dr. Kevin Eaton told the board that with its record fall enrollment of 5,717, WC has become the 26th largest community college district in the state of Texas. Additionally, while 34 colleges recorded decreases, WC recorded the fifth largest enrollment
increase at 2.5 percent, more than 5 percent higher than the state average.

Additionally, the board:

a.  Heard a construction update regarding the Don Allen Health Science Building;

b.  Heard an update from Jim Swan of Johnson Controls regarding the ongoing energy savings contract: “Almost 99.999 percent complete.”

c.  Awarded bids to three charter bus companies for commercial transportation services: Lone Star Coaches for primary status; Gotta Go Trailways, Inc. for secondary vendor status and American Transfers & Tours tertiary vendor status;

d.  Voted to cast the College’s designated 287 votes, divided equally among the five nominees for positions on the Parker County Appraisal District Board of Directors; and

e.  Heard reports on the following:

     1.  Cash balance and financials as of September 30, 2013;

     2.  Equities in Athletics, as presented by Kathy Bassham, executive dean of student services;

     3.  Announcements, including upcoming College events: Baseball Booster Club Sporting Clay Shoot, Nov.15; student Art Exhibition reception Nov.18; musical, “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” Nov. 21-24; choir concert, "One World, Many Voices – A Call for Peace, Providence and Praise”; Coyote Chase Race Nov. 23; basketball home games, Nov. 23, 26, and 27 and Dec. 7 and 9; Employee Awards dinner, Dec. 13 and the GED Graduation ceremony Dec.15.

 In his President’s Report, Eaton also recognized several employees for jobs well done:

1.  Chief Paul Stone and J.C. Colton and volunteers for successful Safe Halloween celebrations in Weatherford and Mineral Wells;

2.  Dr. Joyce Pages and staff for their work in the College’s Teacher Certification Program:

3.  Katie Edwards, Chelsea Cochran, Brent Baker and Linda Bagwell for their two gold, one silver and two bronze Medallion Awards, presented by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for excellence in writing, publication and printed materials design and content;

4.  Ralph Willingham and Tammi Peters for their superior work with WC veterans and for the successful Veterans Day ceremony Nov.11 and

5.  The Institutional Advancement staff for another successful WC Foundation Golf Tournament, which raised more than $47,000 with matching funds from the Title III grant.

The next scheduled regular meeting of the WC Board of Trustees is Thursday, Dec.12, 2013.

This synopsis is intended as a brief overview of some actions taken by the Weatherford College Board of Trustees at its regular meeting in November and is for general information purposes only. This abbreviated summary is not intended to represent or reflect all discussion and action taken by the board at this meeting. Specific details outlining all action taken by the board are recorded in the official Board Meeting Minutes, prepared and maintained by the College President's Office.