COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
December 13, 2007
Student Rights and Responsibilities /Code of Ethics
Update on MaST
Capital Project Requests
Call to Order
Members Present: Karen Vander
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on November 8, 2007 were approved with one correction. The minutes read,
“A change was requested in the agenda to accommodate an early departure schedule for Trustee Rita Creighton. Rita was asked to present information on the Presidential Search process which would be followed by the report from the Faculty Senate Representative.”
The minutes should read:
“A change was requested in the agenda. Rita Creighton was asked to present information on the Presidential Search process following the report from the HCEA.
The agenda then continued with the report from the Faculty Senate Representative.”
The graphic production program has received ten awards from the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen. A number of these awards were displayed in the Board Room. Three of the awards shown were gold, and one for the publication, Arcturus, was silver. Tony Sittner, head of the Graphics Program, had noted that this competition was industry-level competition, and not just student work, and that these products represented a very high level in their production qualities. Congratulations were offered to all those in the Graphics Production Program.
Steve Simpkins had a final exam, so Lydia Bracco’s report was heard first.
Lydia Bracco reported.
· The Brown Bag meeting will not be held in December, but will meet again in January.
· The Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie WPEA Scholarship drive raised a total of $858.00.
Ruth Windhover reported.
· Ruth said that elections for the HCEA Executive Committee were completed. Ruth said she will continue as President, and Alan Walton will continue as Vice President. Ben Thomas is the Secretary, and Bob Bonner is Treasurer.
said that she has had a few meetings with Marie Zimmermann, Vice President for
Academic Affairs, and she feels that there is an outstanding collegiality
between the faculty and administration at
· On the State level, Ruth discussed the two Task Force groups that are underway; the Technology Task Force and the Salary Task Force. She wanted to acknowledge the tremendous work on the part of the Technology Committee and especially recognize the work of Marc Lentini, from Highline, who has devoted a lot of time toward the Technology Report. She said it had been stated that the Technology Report had Marc’s fingerprints all over it which was one more example of the collegial relationship between our faculty and staff members.
· Ruth explained that with regard to the Salary Task Force, on which she serves, they are still looking at data of the past 10 years. There is no upward movement in increasing salaries. Currently there are 30 different salary levels in the State, and Highline is the only college that is in the top one quarter in all of the areas.
· Ruth expressed her surprise at the level of Presidents’ salaries. She said that for those Presidents who remain at one college, their salary level is significantly lower. She hopes that the Legislature will review these issues in 2009.
Trustee Mike Regeimbal asked about the Technology Task Force and whether there was interest in focusing on this on a local level. Ruth explained that there was interest in having the faculty retain control over instructional issues, i.e., types of technology best suited to their instructional needs. She added that some issues lend themselves to system wide consistency, and some do not, but that instructors should have choices on how the technology integrates into their curriculum. She said there is often a “Costco” type of mentality and that buying in bulk can save money, but that the strength of the community college system is to meet the needs of the students and not necessarily to systematize instruction.
Ruth Frickle reported.
reported that the most recent meeting of the Faculty Senate was entirely
devoted to discussions on the role of the
said there would be more information on the role of the
a. Dates for Board Meetings in 2008
Mike Regeimbal moved that the following dates be approved for the Highline Community
College regular meetings of the Board of Trustees for 2008:
· January 17
· February 14
· March 13
· April 10
· May 8
· June 12
· July 10
· September 11
· October 9
· November 13
· December 11
The motion was seconded by Elizabeth Chen.
The motion passed.
b. Adoption of the Revision of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code
Mike Regeimbal moved to adopt the revision of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code (WAC 132I-120); Revision dated December 13, 2007, with a notation of the correction under 132I-124 which will now read 15 days instead of the 7 days as listed.
Ed Davila seconded the motion.
The motion passed.
c. Appointment of Presidential Search Committee Members:
Rita Creighton moved to appoint the following members to the Presidential Search
· Faculty representatives:
Ruth Frickle, Jack Horton, Ed Morris, Jason Ramirez
· Classified staff representatives:
· Exempt staff representatives:
Yoshiko Harden-Abe, Rashid Norris, Cesar Portillo
· Student representative:
· Community representatives:
Dan Altmayer, Arun Jhaveri, Phyllis Byers
· Trustees representatives:
Rita Creighton, Elizabeth Chen
d. Approval of the profile of the presidential candidate (copy filed with the Official Minutes located in the President’s Office)
Rita Creighton moved to adopt the profile the of presidential candidate and to have this
information posted to the
Elizabeth Chen seconded the motion.
The motion passed.
Rita Creighton noted that the make up of the committee members had changed from last month’s discussion. She said there was a request for an additional representative from the faculty which indicated the requirement of an additional representative. This also complied with the language of the contract. She felt that the end result was a more diverse committee in background and experience. She said the committee met recently and will be meeting on February 11, 2008 and on February 21. The meeting of March 17 will be held to select finalists. This list will be reported to the Board of Trustees. Rita wished to offer accolades to Patricia Overman and thank her for all her hard work. She said the website was ready to go live and that the consultants had also been very impressed with the look of the website. She added this was not only a good tool for the presidential search, but for Highline as well. The address of the website is: http://presidentialsearch.highline.edu. Advertisements will go out soon.
Associated Students of
Student Body President, Steven Simpkins reported.
Steve thanked everyone for accommodating his schedule while he finished his final exam in Statistics.
· Steve said the Giving Tree was coming to an end. The students had gathered and wrapped all the gifts last week which was a very good time for all of them.
· Steve’s initiative on the International Summit will begin next quarter. The Indonesian students will be honored at the first meeting.
· One idea that Steve has had to raise money would be for a “foreign currency” drive. People who travel and bring back change from other countries would be requested to contribute that change into a fund for the International Exchange.
· Steve reminded everyone of the Legislative Breakfast to be held on January 9. There will be three speakers to discuss some of the issues that students are concerned about.
· The Club Fair has now developed 45 clubs, and a Health Fair is planned for next quarter.
Toni Castro reported.
Toni Castro said she would like to add a little information from Steve’s report on the Giving Tree. CWU also mobilized this drive with more than 80 gifts, and there were lots of exciting toys for all the children.
Toni asked all to join her in welcoming Lorraine Odom.
The student success
story for December is Noory Kim, a graduate of the Running Start program. She is completing her AA degree and is
interested in Psychology. She is a
member of Student Leadership and participated in the Giving Tree. She is going on to the
Larry Yok reported.
Larry reminded everyone of the storm of December 3rd, and said that the campus had faired quite well. There had been some flooding; however it was a good opportunity to see how the retention ponds worked on the west side of the campus. Their purpose was to capture and cleanse the run off and measure the flow into the creek. Larry said he was pleased to report that the method worked very well, and that this part of the “green” project seemed to be successful.
Marie Zimmerman reported.
Marie wished to offer congratulations to Christiana Taylor for her dramatic production, “Earth and Sky.” She noted that it often seemed that one character in a production can steal the show, and in this case if was definitely the character of the bartender who really captured the attention of the audience.
Marie wished to
share a success story regarding The Center for Extended Learning. Dean Mary Averett was approached by the
Marie also wished to
make a special note of congratulations to Amal Mahmoud. He will be traveling to
Lisa Skari reported.
Lisa announced the
date of the annual benefit show of the Breeder’s Theatre this year as January
Sell is the author, Nancy Warren is doing the music,
Melissa Sell does the costumes and it
promises to be a great show.
The MaST update
includes a recent contribution of $2000 from
Lisa also announced that information is being prepared for the Trustees by the State Board to support the role of the Trustee within the five-year strategic plan through the “Creating Opportunities” Public Information section.
Ruth Windhover addressed the Board of Trustees concerning the Search Committee process and wished to make a request. Ruth asked that the Search Committee should not be dissolved once the names of the candidates are identified. Her reasoning for this was that she felt the Trustees would be getting a lot of feedback from the faculty once they have gone to the forums with the candidates and without a faculty member or representative – to take that data; analyze it, and understand it, and then pass it on to the Trustees, she thought it would be overwhelming and confusing to the Board of Trustees to get that raw data from the faculty members.
So if at least there were to be one representative from the faculty group and maybe the other groups as well; that this representative could be the collector of that raw data from their own group and then present it to the Board of Trustees, Ruth thought that it would give the Board a better sense of the response from the various groups.
A second request was that she asked that representatives from the employee groups should sit in on the interviews as well. That’s the way that it was done in the past, and Ruth explained that it had been her personal experience when she sat on the search committee for the CEO of the State Board, that once again, those interviews held a college faculty representative and a college Trustee representative college and college president on those
interviews. She suggested that this was a relatively common practice for stakeholders to sit in on the interview process.
Dr. Bermingham also wished to thank Steve Simpkins for his work in initiating the discussion he recently had with a student panel. He said there was a common thread in the struggle to involve more students in student leadership.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on January 17, 2008.