JALC Board Honors the Past and Looks to the Future at May Board Meeting
June 2, 2015
STEVE O'KEEFE, Ed.D.
Prior to the start of the regularly scheduled May Board of Trustees meeting, a ceremony was held to honor former board member, Don Nolen, with the dedication of room B48 as the Don Nolen Room. During the ceremony, former College president and current Board of Trustees member Dr. Ray Hancock praised Nolen, who served on the board from 1977 to 1997, for his steady leadership during a period of tremendous growth at the College.
“Don Nolen was an outstanding trustee and helped lead this College through an exciting time of growth and expansion. His expertise in banking was valuable on the finance committee as we grew from temporary buildings to the campus we have today,” said Hancock.
Nolen said he was humbled by the honor and praised the board members and administrators that he served with during his time on the board.
“This truly is an honor just as it was an honor to serve the John A. Logan College district for over 20 years. I was blessed to work with some outstanding individuals, which made my time on the board very rewarding,” said Nolen.
The Board also honored retiring Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education Tim Daugherty with a glass bowl thanking him for his seven years of service to the College. Board Chairman Don Brewer also presented Trustee Jake Rendleman with a plaque honoring his service as board chair from 2013-2015.
In other board news, trustees approved a new model for the management of the Community Health Education Complex. Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education Tim Daugherty presented a plan to the board that focused on moving to a facility membership model that would also provide continuing education courses such as aquatics, yoga, swimming lessons, and Zumba, etc. with the possibility of offering the facility for parties, personal training, leagues, and other events.
According to Daugherty, under the new model the CHEC facility would be classified under the newly established dean for continuing education and would have a director, secretary, three head lifeguards, student worker gym monitors, evening supervisor and custodial staff. Current Associate Dean for Community Education Barry Hancock will serve as the dean of continuing education and Bradley Griffith will be the director of the facility.
Daugherty added that the changes to the operation of the CHEC facility were the result of a decision by the Illinois Community College Board to no longer allow courses offered at the CHEC facility to count for credit.; As a result, student workers can assist as monitors, which result in a $64,000 savings. Other revenue sources such as partnerships with local rehabilitation services will be discussed at a future date.
The board also approved Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick’s request to proceed with the purchase of new facilities scheduling software for the College. According to McCormick, the College’s current system went down this past week and the software is no longer supported. McCormick added that the upgrade was planned for the upcoming FY16 budget that begins July 1, but the loss of the crucial software last week will require the College to move forward with the $75,000 purchase now.
Chief Information Technology Officer Mark Kinkaid also addressed the board with technology concerns. According to Kinkaid, several key positions needed in Information Technology remain unfilled because applicants cannot meet the minimum requirements needed for the positions. Kinkaid, who will leave the College in June to take over as the head of IT for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, proposed that the board look into outsourcing the open positions until they can be filled.
“Our students and their parents come here with the expectation that they will have the technology they need to be successful,” said Kinkaid. “So to continue to be able to do this, I suggest that you look at contracting out these open positons until suitable candidates can be found.”
The board approved the following consent agenda items: Follett IncludeED Program for cosmetology students, C237 biology lab remodel project to W.F. Stift Construction; purchase of security cameras from Com Squad of Lebanon, Illinois; upgrading 136 computer lab desktops; purchase of computers for the newly created E230 computer lab; and revision of the College’s Chartwell’s food service contract.
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