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College of the Mainland Board of Trustees
report by Eric Goins
Friday, July 29, 2011



College of the Mainland Board of Trustees met July 27 for its regular scheduled monthly meeting July 27, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. in the Enrollment Center Boardroom. The meeting was called to order by chair Ralph Holm. The full board was present; Rosalie Kettler, Ralph Holm, Roney McCrary, Wayne Miles, Clemon Prevost, Bennie Mathews and Nick Stepchinski. All votes were unanimous unless noted.


Action items included:


The new college bookstore officials presented COM Foundation with a $25,000 check for Ambassador Scholarships and presented COM with a check for $250,000 in advance commission.


A faculty representative announced that Dr. Pam Millsap will be giving a presentation in October at the Collegiate Academic Support Program conference. Rafael Naranjo and Mark Greenwalt are with students in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the summer study abroad program. Classified employees have elected officers for the 2011-12 school year, they are: Chris Brown, president; Bonnie Harrill, vice president; Kari Drake, secretary; Linda Moreno, treasurer; and Joyce Palmer, parliamentarian. Professional employees elections are still ongoing, however, Martin Perez will be president for the 2011-12 school year.


The College Board unanimously appointed Tige Cornelius as Physical Education, Leisure and Wellness (PELAW) Coordinator, Kathy Perkins as assistant professor of Nursing-Medical/Surgical and Michael Richardson as PELAW Coordinator. The Board of Trustees requested the College begin the search process for the positions of Assistant Director of Contract Training, Continuing Education Department; Principal of Collegiate High school; Program Coordinator II, Public Service Careers Department; and Professional Trainer II, Continuing Education Department.


In action items, the College Board approved custodial services at off-site locations. The Board voted unanimously the report from the Finance/Audit Committee and the report from the Policy Committee. The College Board approved the Texas Payment Card (P-Card) and Texas First Bank for Depository Banking Services. The Board voted unanimously to retain split payment on the Property Taxes Opt Out. The College Board approved the 2011-12 College Annual Plan. The Board announced support of the Achieving the Dream Initiative. The Texas City Centennial Wind Sculpture purchase participation was unanimously approved.


It was announced that a new speech center will begin construction this fall. Dr. Gilchrist White will be the center director.


The Board approved holding a BOT Budget Workshop to be held Monday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Boardroom. In addition, the Board voted unanimously to move the August board meeting to Wednesday, Aug. 10.


The Board moved to executive session where no other actions were taken. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place August 10 at 12:30 p.m.  For more information on board meetings, contact Rosie Rojas at 409-933-8271.

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