June 29, 2016

College Relations

CARTERVILLE--The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees approved an FY 17 budget at their June board meeting that reflects the crisis brought on by the state’s 13-month-long budget impasse.

The budget presented for approval by Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick is 63 percent of the college’s FY 15 budget. McCormick noted that even though expenditures are at the lowest level in 10 years, the college will need to receive 75 percent of FY 15 funding to balance for the year. He added that the state’s budget impasse resulted in the college receiving only 35 percent of funding for FY 16.

In other board news, trustees named current Dean for Instructional Services Melanie Pecord to the position of Acting Vice President for Instruction. Pecord will begin her new role on July 1, replacing Dr. Laurel Klinkenberg who recently accepted the positon of Vice President for Instruction at John Wood College. 

Pecord began her career at the college in 1994 as a term faculty instructor in business and computer information systems. She became a full-time instructor in 1996 and department chair for business in 2010. She was appointed Dean for Instructional Services in 2015. As dean she has worked to improve class scheduling and communication between divisions. She plans to hit the ground running when she steps into her new role as the college prepares for the start of the fall semester.

“We have challenges ahead of us, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to help the college move forward,” Pecord said. “The one thing I have stressed during my time as dean and that I plan to carry over has been to remove silos from our organizational structure. It is important that we are about being one college and not about divisions.”

College President Dr. Ron House is looking forward to working with Pecord in her new position.

“The board and administration are extremely pleased to have Melanie Pecord as the Acting Vice President for Instruction,” House said. “She has many years of service here. She has been a department chair and a very effective dean for the last year. She is very energetic and certainly brings a lot to the position.”

In trustee’s reports, Board Secretary Jake Rendleman announced that the recent two-day concert event sponsored by Black Diamond Harley Davidson featuring Hank Williams Jr. raised over $13,000 for the John A. Logan College Foundation.

Board Chairman Don Brewer thanked Klinkenberg for her service to the college and wished her well in her new positon at John Wood. Brewer also reported that the Athletic Advisory Committee had met to begin discussing the options for replacing long-time athletic director and head baseball coach Jerry Halstead who recently announced his retirement in August. Brewer added that future meetings will be held to discuss further reductions in athletics due to the state budget crisis.  

In addition to the budget, the following consent agenda items were approved: Prevailing Wage Act Requirements, inter-fund loans, FY 2017 Resource Allocation and Management Plan, renewal of Egyptian Building Trades Council project labor agreement, joint agreements with area community colleges, and a parking lot striping contact to Pinoy Construction.


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