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Galveston College Board of Regents
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the college's proposed budget for FY2018 to move forward for public hearing and final adoption.

The board will hold a public hearing on August 23 to receive comments regarding the budget. The budget is anticipated to be approved based on a lower tax rate than last year, due to increased revenues through increased value in the tax base.

The board discussed, but took no formal action regarding recommendations concerning the Main Campus Instructional Building for Nursing and Health Science Programs, the Applied Technology Center and Student Housing Projects.

The college has funding, through the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation, which had provided $2 million originally intended for expansion of the Student Center into a Student Life Center. However, the college has sought permission from the foundation to repurpose the gift for use in building student housing. The funds will be used in combination with other resources to build the student housing project.

The college is gathering funding for the Nursing facility, including grants and fundraising events, such as the October 14 UnGala, which will benefit the nursing building. Following recent state legislation, Galveston College is planning to offer a bachelor degree nursing program beginning in the fall semester of 2019.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the college's mission statement and strategic plan for 2017-2022: Opening Doors – Changing Lives.

The board voted unanimously to approve board meeting dates for FY2018.

The board voted unanimously to reappoint James Love as welding instructor and Sandra Villarreal as instructor and program director for cosmetology.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Regents Tino Gonzalez and Karen Flowers were absent. Position 7 is vacant due to the recent passing of George F. Black. Agenda

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