The Weatherford College Board of Trustees had a busy day Thursday, culminating in its regular monthly meeting.
Before the meeting, the trustees, along with a large crowd of donors, community members, employees and others, participated in a double-header event on campus, celebrating both the groundbreaking for the new Don Allen Health Science Building and the victorious end of the WC Foundation capital campaign, “The Time is Now for Your College.” Officials announced the campaign raised more than $2.4 million, well over its goal of $2 million. After enjoying a campus-wide hamburger cook-out with students, faculty, staff and others visiting the campus for the celebration, the board convened its regular session.
Frank Martin, board chair, announced the resignation of Trey Cobb, Place 5 trustee. Cobb, who has served on the board since 2009, has taken a new job out of town.
“These last four-and-a-half years on the board for me have been great,” said Cobb. “It’s been challenging at times, but I’ve built good relationships here. I have gained a whole new appreciation for Weatherford College.”
Cobb praised the previous board members who served before him and the current trustees, as well, thanking them for their guidance and leadership. He also thanked Martin for his “steady hand” in leading the board. Additionally, Cobb expressed his appreciation for the administration and singled out Dr. Kevin Eaton, president, for his “great leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. You don’t often see that in a president of a college.”
Martin thanked Cobb for his service and praised his being “forthright, candid and straightforward” in his approach to College matters.
The board will appoint a replacement trustee who will serve out the Place 5 term until May 2015.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Kevin Eaton reported to the board:
a. Information regarding the Policy-Access and Affordability Report.
Eaton also recognized several employees for a “job well done”:
a. Brent Baker, vice president of institutional advancement, for his leadership in the capital campaign;
b. Carol Eppright, economics professor, for her generous donation to the campaign;
c. Donnie Purvis, financial aid director, for being appointed to the board of the Texas Association of Financial Aid Administrators;
d. Michael Endy, dean of academics, for his appointment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Course Guide Advisory Committee and
e. The WC Business Office and Staff Advisory Council for initiating a fundraising campaign to assist the family of fellow employee Tami Russell in the wake of the recent horrific flooding in Colorado where Russell’s parents lost their home and everything in it; more than $1,764 was raised.
Additionally, the board:
a. Heard a construction update;
b. Heard an update from Jim Swan of Johnson Controls regarding the energy savings contract;
c. Awarded bids to four vendors for food service products and supplies: C.D. Hartnett Foodservice, $136,812; Ben E. Company, $103,991.10; Sysco USA 1, $87,402.78 and Oak Farms Dairy, $6,641, for a total of $334,847.08;
d. Agreed to nominate the current members of the Parker County Appraisal District Board of Directors for reappointment;
e. Heard reports on the following:
1. Cash balance and financials as of August 31, 2013;
2. The Quarterly Report of Investments at Aug. 31, 2013;
3. A proposal from the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, seeking to exchange property leased to the DHCC by the College on the south side of the DHCC for a slightly larger section directly west of the DHCC to provide space for an educational Log Cabin Village, which officials said would create educational opportunities for both institutions;
4. The Strategic Plan and Facilities Plan, as presented by Eaton, on the progress made toward meeting the goals of the plan. Eaton highlighted WC’s many facilities upgrades in recent years, including new rooflines, the Stuart Field softball stadium, new parking lots, the Academic Building, and the Don Allen Health Science Building. He also discussed several potential new projects the Board could consider in the future;
5. Announcements, including upcoming College events, including the College Foundation golf tournament, Oct. 17; fall children’s drama, “Confidential Cinderella,” Oct. 18-20; fall student photography show, Oct. 18-30; Safe Halloween, Oct. 31; fall jazz concert, Nov. 5; basketball home games, Nov. 10 and 12, and the annual Scholarship Donor Appreciation dinner, Nov. 14.
The next scheduled regular meeting of the WC Board of Trustees is Thursday, Nov. 14, 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 OCTOBER and is for general informational 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.