October 11, 2007





Board Discussion

ACCT Report

Fiscal Year-End Report

Final Budget for 2007-2008

Federal Way City Center Project

Campus Master Plan (lst Phase, Implementation Plan)

Emergency Preparedness Plan Update

Report on travels to South Africa/Namibia and Funding

Update on Presidential Selection/Search Process





Call to Order

Karen Vander Ark, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m.



Roll Call

Members Present:                              Karen Vander Ark

                                                            Mike Regeimbal

                                                            Rita Creighton

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Edward Davila


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards



Approval of Minutes

The Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on September 13, 2007 were approved.





  • Lisa Skari introduced Jason Prenovost who has agreed to serve as Director of Communication and Marketing.  He will oversee the outreach, promotions and PR functions.  Jason has been at Highline since 1998 as Director of Outreach Services.  He has a background in marketing and a good understanding of the student population at Highline.  Jason also serves as the Men’s Soccer Coach.  Jason was heartily congratulated on his new position.
  • Dr. Jack Bermingham announced that Toni Castro has received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region V Award for outstanding performance as a student services dean.  This award will be presented on November 2.  Toni is only the second community college dean to receive this recognition among its previous eighteen recipients.  Jack asked that everyone join him in offering sincere congratulations to Toni.


  • Dr. Bermingham recognized Dr. Elizabeth Chen for her distinguished service to the Association of Community College Trustees.  Dr. Chen has served on the national level in the ACCT Diversity Committee and was now elected to a two-year term on the ACCT Board at its national conference in San Diego in September. 


  • Additional announcements included a reminder of the Naoko Ken concert which will be held on October 12.  Thanks were given to Dr. Ed Davila for coordinating the Highline Community College sponsorship of this event.  The concert is a benefit for the Japanese Cultural Center and an excellent connection for Highline Community College.  Naoko Ken’s son is a student at Highline.  She is a well known celebrity in Japan.


  • Dr. Bermingham also announced that Highline Community college will be hosting the Fall Conference for International Consortium for Educational and Economic Development (ICEED) at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Seattle on October 17-20.  Keynote speakers will include Representative Phyllis Kenney, who has been very supportive of Community Colleges, also, and Port of Seattle Commissioner Patricia Davis. 


Chairperson Karen Vander Ark requested to make a slight change to the agenda to allow the Action Items to be taken before the Standing Reports, with the exception of the report from Student Body President, Steven Simpkins, who will need to leave the meeting for an exam.






Associated Students of Highline Community College

Student Body President, Steven Simpkins reported. 


  • The Caucus Program is underway and four students have been selected for two available Caucus Chair positions.
  • Steve is developing a Leadership Summit and is in the process of creating a recognition program for Highline’s international students and to determine ways to share Highline’s diversity with communities both locally and globally.
  • Steve is also working on a fundraiser to assist HCC students for foreign exchanges.
  • A contingency of six students and three staff members will be going to Olympia for the Legislative Academy on October 12.  His wish is to build a community of students who are educated in the Legislative process.
  • The Applied Science and Engineering Club is hosting a dinner on October 24th.  This event is sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering and Dr. Elizabeth Chen will be joining that event.
  • Today is a celebration of “National Coming Out Day” and students will be handing out flyers at the Student Union Building to talk to people about today’s event.








Karen Vander Ark said that Action Item b would be taken first on the agenda.


Action Item b:  Approval of the 2007-2008 Final Budget


It was moved by Dr. Ed Davila to approve the 2007-2008 Final Budget.  Dr. Elizabeth Chen seconded the motion.


The motion carried.


Action Item a:  Selection of search consultant firm for presidential search process.


Rita Creighton stated that there have been a number of forums on the campus to discuss the qualities and characteristics desired in the next college president.  She added that last week two presentations were made to the Board of Trustees by representatives of presidential search firms. 


Rita Creighton said that based on information that the Board has received via written materials, research, studying the proposals from the search consultants, scoring the presentations and reviewing input from campus groups last week, she believed that the Board was ready to make a selection.


Rita Creighton moved that the Board select the National Search & Education Consulting Firm as Highline’s Consulting Firm.


Karen Vander Ark called for a voice vote on this action item.


All in favor of selecting the National Search & Education Consulting Firm were: 

Karen Vander Ark, Rita Creighton, Elizabeth Chen and Ed Davila.


All in favor of selecting the ACCT firm as the Consulting Firm were: 

Mike Regeimbal.


The motion carried to select the National Search & Education Consulting firm for the presidential search process.


Rita Creighton recognized the efforts of Patricia Overman for her assistance in coordinating the search process.  She said that the next step would be to proceed with a contract.  She indicated that Larry Yok would be notifying the firms and would set up the procedures for the contractual agreement.  She said they would also be looking at the make-up of the search committee; there would not be enough seats on the committee for all those who would like to be involved, but it would need to be a reasonable size to ensure appropriate representation.










                STANDING REPORTS (continued)



Washington Public Employees Association

Lydia Bracco reported.


Lydia explained that she would not be giving a specific report today, except to announce the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Sale which will begin on October 10.  This is a fundraiser for WPEA scholarships and each recipient will receive $100.00.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.


Ruth Windhover wished to thank all those who are participating in the meetings regarding the presidential search process.  She expressed that the Faculty would like to see a closure to this process and hoped for a speedy timeline. 


Regarding statewide issues, she said that HCC wants to recruit the best faculty available.  While negotiation on contracts is good relative to the system, the system itself is remarkably underfunded.  Ruth asked the members of the Board of Trustees to impress upon the Legislature the need for salary increases.  Part-time faculty earn about 62% of what the pay grades are for full-time faculty.  HCC has high standards with huge demands and they produce.  However, Ruth explained that if HCC wishes this to continue, there is a need to maintain competitive salaries.  Ruth is on a compensation study in this state and is working along with Fred Wong of Tacoma with a group of faculty and administrators in this regard.  She hopes to take a lot of this information to the next Legislative Session.


Faculty Senate

Ruth Frickle reported.


Ruth Frickle was introduced to the Board of Trustees.  She teaches Psychology and has been a full time faculty member, tenure-track for eight years.  She was employed as a faculty member for seven years prior to her tenure-track, and has been actively involved in retention efforts.  Ruth stated that the Faculty Senate had their first meeting last week and would report during the next meeting.




The Honors Program

Marie Zimmermann introduced Dr. Barbara Clinton.  She is a member of the Speech Program and is working full time with the Honors Program. 


          Dr. Clinton made a PowerPoint presentation to the Board of Trustees entitled, “The Honors Scholar Program:  Education is not the Filling of the Pail, but the Lighting of the Fire (Yeats).”  Dr. Clinton offered some statistics on those participating in the Scholars Program which underscored the tremendous diversity in the program.  She explained that there are many reasons that young scholars are choosing to enter the community college system, including the lower cost in comparison to 4-year institutions, and easy access. 


          Highline Community College leads the state with its diverse student population. (Only 48% of Highline’s students self-identify as Caucasian, giving Highline a 52% population of color.  The state-wide average was 32%. )


          Highline also leads the way with a developed and integrated Honors Program, the only such program at a community college in Washington.


          The diversity of HCC’s Honors Scholar Program comes close to mirroring that of the college.


          CRITICISM:  Honors Programs are by their very nature elitist and end up being groups dominated by high-achieving Caucasian females. RESPONSE: The Honors Scholar Program serves a population that roughly mirrors the demographics of the college.


          Over 40% of our 2006 Honors 100 students reported themselves to be non-Caucasian. Additionally, you'll note that about 1/3 of our Honors participants are male, similar to college numbers. 


          It was noted that not all students were transferring on to colleges in Washington.  For the first time, a student had now transferred on to West Point, another to the University of Maryland, and some were headed to international colleges, as well.


          A student who completes the Honors Scholar Program with a 3.5 GPA will receive a merit tuition scholarship for the final quarter at HCC and will be recognized at graduation, as an "Honors Scholar." If students participate in honors classes and/or acquire honors option credits but are unable to complete the total requirements to graduate as an Honors Scholar, those credits will still appear on transcripts as Honors work.


Dr. Clinton explained that 100% of the Honors Program Scholars received some sort of scholarship.  She also stated that she purposely shops for college opportunities for students that will offer to support 100% of the students’ needs.





Student Services

Toni Castro reported.


  • Toni thanked Dr. Clinton for her mentorship of these students and commented that currently all three students participating in Student Government were in the Honors Scholar Program. 
  • Toni noted that October is National Careers and Student Affairs month.  She said a number of events were underway to inspire students about new careers and available opportunities.
  • Last year saw a record number of international students (402) at Highline.  There were also 991 Running Start students, and 85 students in the Puget Sound Early College.
  • The fastest growing segment of the student population is the Latino/Hispanic population, currently at 14%, and in Non-Hispanic categories, 48% were identified as White, 21% Asian, 16% African American, 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 1% Native American or Alaskan Islander, 9% other.
  • Student enrollment intent:

-39% transfer program

-20% professional/technical

-29% basic skills

-4% high school completion

-7% personal enrichment

-1% undeclared

  • Several student leadership events are planned, including the Empowerment group and a Support Group.  Also planned is a leadership event facilitated by Natasha Burrowes and Jonathan Brown.


General Administration

Larry Yok reported.


  • Larry stated that September is a month of preparation of all the facilities on campus for the upcoming academic year.  He said it is a major undertaking to make sure that all furnishings are moved into the correct areas, classroom equipment is checked and general maintenance is completed before the students return.
  • He gave accolades to Lisa Peterson for her excellent work on the budget, and he also wished to recognize and thank Chris Brixey for all of the hard work that the facilities and maintenance crews have performed in preparing the campus for Fall Quarter.



Marie Zimmermann reported.


          Marie explained she would like to build on an item that she mentioned in her letter to the Board regarding a new program that has just started that is a certificate program for employment professionals who provide job training and support for individuals with disabilities.  She said these are highly dedicated individuals and one actually flies in from Spokane for the class held once a week.  This is a program that has been in the making for over a decade, and it is very impressive to see it in action.

          Two faculty members who are both in the I-Best Program at HCC, Jodi Golden-White and Christie Knighton, both made presentations at a conference in Mexico.  They are looking at more cooperative programs with Guadalajara.

          The Nursing Club held its first blood drive, hitting a record of 55 donors which was the best turnout so far.  Each donation has the potential to serve three patients, so this drive could potentially reach 165 patients.

          Marie was pleased to report that the upgrade to the Blackboard program has been completed.  This system supports online classes.  Moving to the latest version proved to be a major shift.  Over 400 class sections were posted by Fall Quarter with over 4000 students participating. 

          Rich Bankhead of the Engineering Department has launched a service learning project.  Students will be designing and building a greenhouse to turn over to the community.


Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.


          Lisa discussed the restructuring of her division as a follow up to the introduction of Jason Prenovost in the new position of Director of Marketing and Communications.  Jason has held three sessions with campus personnel to talk about marketing to students.

          Lisa indicated that HCC needs to make sure there is consistency in its marketing and publications.  She said they are working on developing metrics to determine how campaigns are working and to share the results of what does work and what doesn’t.

          More than 25 people were identified to assist with the MaST campaign, and all agreed to do so.  The family campaign will run through December.

          The Camille Patha painting exhibit will run through October at the Library.  Camille served on the Foundation Board for several years.  Her donation of the painting is valued at $25,000 and HCC will also have reproduction rights.





Jack Bermingham said that we are now three weeks into school and students are continuing with the energy of Opening Week, followed by Thunderweek.  The Achieve the Dream coaches are moving forward in their meetings and there is a great deal of encouragement and involvement with faculty and staff. 


Rita Creighton discussed her concerns over the loss of funding for Children’s Healthcare by the US Administration and encouraged others to get involved and notify their legislators if they felt inclined to do so.


Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:58 a.m.



Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be November 8, 2007.


              8:00 a.m.       Study Session             Building 25, Room 411

            10:00 a.m.       Meeting                        Building 25, Board Room




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Karen Vander Ark, Chair                                 Jack Bermingham, Ph.D., Interim Secretary