OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Southwestern Community College
22, 2002, 5:30 P.M. - SCC Campus
Bryson and family
Board of Trustees of Southwestern Community College met for its
regular quarterly meeting, with dinner preceding the meeting at
5:30 p.m. on October 22, 2002.
dinner, the family of founding president, Edward E. Bryson was
presented a framed copy of a resolution honoring Mr. Bryson for
his services to the institution. Dr. Groves and Mr. Burrell also
presented appreciation plaques to outgoing trustees, Carolyn Blanton
and George Hooper. Judge Bradley Letts administered the oath of
office to new trustees, Leon Jones, Mary Jane Letts and Vanessa
adjournment to the Slagle Board Room, Dr. Groves introduced John
Sheetz, a consultant with Riverside Wellness Associates. Riverside
Wellness Associates was recently engaged by a joint task force
comprised of Jackson County, Southwestern Community College and
Westcare Health System to evaluate the feasibility of a community
wellness and fitness center. Mr. Sheetz gave a PowerPoint presentation
on the findings of the feasibility study.
Following the presentation, Chairman Conrad Burrell called the
meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. He welcomed the three new trustees,
Chief Jones, Ms. Letts and Ms. Whidden.
Holt made a motion to approve the minutes of the quarterly meeting
of July 22, 2002 as mailed.
Mr. Sutton seconded the motion which carried.
- Cecil Groves
Business Services - Janet Burnette
Education - Dwight Wiggins
President Wiggins called upon Hank Shuler. Ms. Shuler gave a brief
update on continuing education online course initiatives. The
college has been paying a fee for the use of online courses but
plans to develop and market its own courses this year. The National
Park Service training course will be updated and marketed nationwide.
Procedures are also being developed to enable students to use
credit cards to pay their on-line course registration and fees.
Services - Gene Couch
from the latest New Student Survey, conducted each fall at the
college, indicates that the percentage of students attending a
four-year college in the year immediately prior to enrolling at
Southwestern has increased significantly from 3.6 percent in 1998
to 14.29 percent in 2002.
Development - Connie Haire
- Jim Campbell
President Campbell provided an update on the status of the college's
connectivity efforts. Mr. Campbell reviewed charts detailing the
infrastructure currently in place and the proposed linkages. The
eventual goal is to have a community-based infrastructure in place.
This can be accomplished by working through partnerships developed
with local public and private entities. Mr. Campbell discussed
the benefits and objectives of this collection of partnerships,
the Smoky Mountain Knowledge Network.
Campbell demonstrated the features of the Tandberg videoconference
system. The college has purchased 14 Tandberg videoconferencing
units which will be placed in the middle and elementary schools
currently linked to the college through the fiber infrastructure.
Groves noted that the college is in the process of installing
web cameras on campus. The internet-based system will provide
added security while allowing an on-line view of the campus.
AND STUDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE
President Wiggins reviewed the Continuing Education Enrollment
Report for Summer 2002
Vice President Couch reviewed the Curriculum Enrollment Report
for Fall 2002
Couch provided an update on the status of two new programs, Therapeutic
Massage and Early Childhood/Teacher Associate.
Couch presented the Automotive Technology Live Project Fees for
approval. Mr. Sutton made a motion that the Automotive Technology
Live Project Fees be approved. Mr. Holt seconded the motion which
Vice President Haire provided a quarterly update on activities
and highlights for the Student and Institutional Development area.
AND CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE
President Burnette reviewed the Local Revenue Analysis and State
Current Expenditures for the period ending September 30, 2002.
Burnette presented the Budget Transfers, Budget Increases and/or
Budget Decreases for approval. Mr. Holt made a motion that the
Budget Transfers, Budget Increases and/or Budget Decreases be
approved. Mr. Unger seconded the motion which carried.
Burnette presented the Budget Request and Budget Resolution for
approval. The college will be reserving eight percent of its budget
in anticipation of budget reversions. Due to the lack of funds,
employees will not receive a salary increase this year. However,
the college has opted to give full-time employees a prorated ten
days of bonus leave. Mr. Holt made a motion that the Budget Request
and Budget Resolution be approved. Mr. Sutton seconded the motion
Burnette distributed copies of the college's State of North Carolina
Financial Statement Audit Report for the year ended June 30, 2001.
No audit exceptions were noted.
Reece presented the Swain Center Renovations Contract Award for
approval. Mr. Holt made a motion that the Swain Center construction
contract be awarded to H & M Constructors, with the contractor
to be instructed to proceed immediately in anticipation that the
project will be completed in 120 days. Mr. Hooper seconded the
motion which carried.
Neslen made a motion that the additions to the Full-Time Employee
List and additions to the Part-Time Employee List be approved.
Mr. Bell seconded the motion which carried.
Groves gave a PowerPoint presentation on the status of college
facility and property acquisition projects. He provided an overview
of proposed improvements and developments for the main campus
site and off-campus centers. Dr. Groves reported that informal
discussions are continuing with key members of the Cashiers community
regarding a possible collaboration with the college and Jackson
County on a library/performing arts center project in Cashiers.
He also noted that the college will be the first entity in Jackson
County to have natural gas.
Earl Hooper presented the slate of proposed officers of the Southwestern
Community College Board of Trustees for 2003 from the Nominating
Committee consisting of Terry Bell, Earl Hooper, and Kate Welch.
The committee recommended Conrad Burrell for Chairman, Harvey
Hyatt for Vice Chairman, and Cecil Groves for Secretary. No nominations
were received from the floor.
Holt made a motion that the nominations be closed and the recommended
slate of officers be approved. Mr. Sutton seconded the motion
North Carolina Board of Ethics has notified the college that their
findings indicate no conflict of interest or potential for conflict
of interest for trustee Mary Jane Letts.
Holt made a motion that the Board enter Executive Session at 8:28
p.m. for the purpose of discussing real property acquisition in
accord with G.S. 143-318.11(a)(5). Mr. Sutton seconded the motion
Board returned from Executive Session at 8:40 p.m.
Holt made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Sutton seconded the motion
next quarterly Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday,
January 28, 2003.
meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m.
Board of Trustees
L. Groves, Secretary
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