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College of the Mainland Board of Trustees
News Release
Monday, August 15, 2011

Board of Trustees Meeting Aug. 10, 2011 Summary

A quorum was present at the Aug. 10, 2011 COM Board of Trustees Meeting and the agenda was approved. There were no comments from students, employees or other citizens.

There was not a student leader representative in attendance. Dr. Steve Sewell presented for the Faculty Senate. He announced that Paul Boyd, Pam Millsap and himself were accepted to the first cohort of the Leadership Development Academy, which is a three-year commitment. Pam Millsap was awarded the 2011 Association of Community College Trustees Western Regional Outstanding Faculty Member and will be receiving the award in October at the ACCT Leadership Congress in Dallas. David M. Smith was interviewed Aug. 6 by KIAH TV-39 and KPFT FM Radio 90 concerning Governor Perry’s prayer rally at Reliant Stadium. The Classified Council announced the new president, Chris Brown. The Professional Council announced the new leaders. Martin Perez is the new President, Sandra Guzman is Vice President and Jameeka Williams is the Secretary. Martin also reported that Sandra received her master’s. He stated that Student Services are able to track the number of customers they help through the new waiting list system that was put in place. From May 13 to Aug. 5, 23,000 transactions were logged for admissions, financial aid, cashiers, testing, welcome center and the help desk services.

A $35,153.24 check was received from Jason Murray, Galveston County District Clerk, from the excess proceeds in tax cases. Ruth Rendon, BP representative, presented a $10,000 check to College of the Mainland for Collegiate High School to provide lunches for students who qualify for free and reduced lunches.

The Adult Education Department was recognized for receiving the Platinum Level Recognition at the State Adult Administrators’ Summer Institute. This award celebrates the College’s student academic performance and program management for the 2009-10 program year by meeting all federal performance levels and the timely reporting of all program and financial reports, demonstrating the high quality of services, providing accountability and return on investment for the community and the state.

The minutes listed on the agenda were approved and the print shop paper was approved.

Appointment nomination for Krystyn Bourne, Assistant Professor of Biology, Science and Math Department, was approved.

These items were approved:

• Public Policy/Community Relations/COM Policy
• Policy Revisions and second readings
• Internal Auditor Reports
• Annual Audit Plan for FY 2012
• Operating Budget for 2011-2012

There were two offers on two different properties for the sale of tax-foreclosed properties in Dickinson and San Leon, Texas. Both offers were approved. Mr. McCrary noted that the name was wrong on one of the documents. It was listed as Mark Edward instead of Mark Henry.

Mr. Stepchinski announced that the 2011 Tax Rate was in the paper. The rate is .232021 per $100 as of Sept. 2011 and is slightly lower than last year’s rate at .23389. Average homeowner will pay $17.66 less annually. The 2011 Tax Rate was approved to be on the September agenda. A Record Vote was taken and all trustees voted affirmative.

Dr. Katherine Friedrich presented “What Happens When” on the Annual Planning Process.

The board attended the Government Institute for Student Success in Dallas. COM was one of three ATD schools in attendance. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid for four people to attend. COM paid for the additional trustee. The board also conducted their board evaluations. The board will be attending the ATD conference in March in Santa Fe, which is supported by the Houston Endowment and the Lumina Foundation. Board President Ralph Holm announced the GISS Diversity Conference would be held in Tampa Nov. 10-12.

Dr. Friedrich presented the Fall Enrollment as of Aug. 10, 2011. Enrollment is slightly higher than last year at this time.

Dr. Pam Millsap reported that the ATD grant ended in June but COM has recommitted and ATD will pay for the membership fee. At the GISS conference COM was praised for their efforts and student success. ATD suggestions were to continue doing what we are doing. They are awaiting word on the ATD Leader College application. The ATD committee is working on a formulation plan for the $19,000 excess from the grant and will submit a proposal on how to spend the money. Some of the funds will go toward funding travel to conferences and instructional tools especially in the Academic Success Department. The ATD annual report was positively reviewed by ATD and we have been encouraged to continue with student success interventions to include student success course (PSYC 1300/EDUC 1300), academic advising for success, professional development and student engagement interventions. Dr. Millsap announced that an ATD College Implementation Study was conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University concerning how institutions of higher learning are responding to the growing population of Hispanic students. Dr. Millsap announced there will be a new student organization, Success for Life Student Club, beginning in the fall.

Dr. Amy Locklear updated the board on SACS reaccreditation. Carla Boone is actively writing the certification now. Pam Millsap is writing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Marketing is developing a banner for QEP.

Dr. Elam reported that the National League of Nursing Accreditation Board approved reaccreditation for the program after a 20 percent increase in enrollment. The next visit will be in 2017. Dr. Elam informed the Board about Convocation week and a schedule will be sent to them as soon as it is confirmed. He also announced the 9/11 Commemoration taking place Sept. 9 in the COM Gymnasium. Details will be sent at a later date once everything is confirmed.

After the executive session, the Board reconvened and approved a real estate purchase.

The meeting adjourned at 2:25 p.m.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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