July 27, 2016

Steve O'Keefe
College Relations

John A. Logan College President Dr. Ron House announced that Southern Illinois University will offer a 300 level management class on the campus of John A. Logan College this fall. House made the announcement at the College’s regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday night.

“This is the result of a lot of hard work by faculty and staff both here and at SIU, and I am very appreciative of President Dunn, Chancellor Colwell and their staffs for their effort and cooperation.” said House. “I could not be more pleased that we are going to be able to offer this for our students, and I feel that this is a partnership that will continue to evolve.”

House added that further details regarding registration and fee structure for the course will be announced in the near future.

In other board news, Chairman Don Brewer reported that the board and the athletic advisory committee are working together to fill the vacant athletic director and the head baseball and softball coaching positons.

“The board and administration are looking very closely at athletic expenditures as well as insuring that we are in full compliance with Title IX,” said Brewer. “Athletics has already undergone major budget reductions, and this is the last year that we will offer housing which will save a considerable amount of money, but with the current budget crisis we will have to look at further cost reductions in athletics.”

Brewer stated that the Board could possibly hold a special board meeting in the coming weeks to address the vacancies.

“We fully understand the importance of having these coaches and the athletic director in place prior to the start of the fall semester,” said Brewer. “We could possibly address this at a special board meeting sometime in the next two weeks.”

Student Trustee Christine Lipe reported that the Student Senate would be handing out welcome kits to new students on August 17 and that a welcome back picnic will take place on August 24.

In officer’s reports, Acting Vice President for Instruction Melanie Pecord announced the College’s cyber security team, Logan Defenders, and club, YODA, will be at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson on August 6 to offer assistance to students and parents regarding cyber bullying and cyber security. Pecord added that College staff is currently working with local high schools to increase dual credit class offerings and participation.

The following consent agenda items were approved: general line of insurance renewal with Assured Partners NL; athletic insurance renewal with First Agency; financial advisory agreement with PMA; CampusEAI hosting agreement.

Dr. Stephanie Chaney Hartford was named dean for academic affairs and the Board accepted the resignation of interim Vice President for Administration Dr. Larry Peterson. A number of other personnel items were approved but not available at press time.