COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
January 17, 2008
Executive Session was held from 8:05 am to 9:00 am for the purposes of discussion of the performance of a public employee. The Executive Session continued from 9:00 am for the purpose of discussion on real estate issues. The Executive Session adjourned at 9:18 am.
The Study Session continued at 9:18 am and the following topics were discussed:
Student Rights and Responsibilities /Code of Ethics
Update on MaST
Capital Project Requests
Study Session adjourned at 10:10 am.
Call to Order
Members Present: Karen Vander
It was noted that all members were present except for Dr. Davila. Dr. Davila arrived at
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on December 13, 2007 and the minutes of the Special Board of Trustees Meeting of December 3, 2007 were approved.
introduced Jack Kniskern. Mr. Kniskern
is a former Trustee of Highline Community College and expressed his pleasure at
attending the meeting and being able to host Zhao Lan. Zhao Lan, is a program coordinator at the Yangzhou
Foreign Affairs Office. She will be
working with Highline for the next few months and assisting our collaborations
Associated Students of
Student Body President, Steven Simpkins reported.
Lydia Bracco reported.
Ruth Frickle reported.
Update on Presidential Search Process
Rita said the ads did go out on the presidential search in the Chronicle, the Community College Times, and we also have an ad in Colors magazine, as well. She said they were delighted that the ad was in the same issue that contains a wonderful article on Highline. There is a link to that article on the website for those who have not read it. Rita wanted to report that they have already received some inquiries and actually some applications. So they are moving ahead with that. The timeline is ahead. The committee that was Board-approved met on December lst, and that was spent with the consulting firm and also to have everyone understand the procedures that they will be following. Meetings have been set up on February 1, February 21st, and March 17th, and the meeting of the 17th will be for the entire search committee. Rita explained it was an interesting initial meeting on December lst just to get to meet everybody that was on the committee. She has been telling them that next to the Maytag repair man, they are going to be the loneliest people that ever had a job. The process is a little different than people might expect. Sometimes when you are on a search committee the expectation is that you are going to get together and then you will go through volumes of paperwork and then sit and talk about the merits of each person all through the interviews etc. This process is a little different. She said that individuals that serve on the committee were chosen to represent various groups on campus so that there would be a good representation of everyone. She expressed her delight with the individuals that were put forward. She said they are all very unique in their views and will bring different perspectives. The one thing they all brought forward was a great passion for Highline, and a great love of this institution. She felt that was true for those from the campus community and also from outside.
Rita also said that for the work they will be doing, after signing a confidentiality agreement, it will require that they will take all the materials, and bring them to their home or their place of business, and go over them individually. They will not converse with other members of the group; they will not converse with the people they represent. They will truly be coming to this as unique, individual contributors and each one will come back after they will have done all of their reading, all of their rating of their scores and that will be presented at those meetings. Rita added that each of those meetings will be designed to whittle down the numbers so that hopefully at the last meeting they will come out with about 6 people that they will be interviewing and perhaps the site visits. She wanted to explain that this was a little different process than what most people might expect. She said that everyone should be proud of the people who are representing the groups. She added that if you are part of the faculty and you have one of those four members that you expect to come back to a faculty meeting and perhaps hash out what happened at the presidential search, they won’t be able to do that.
Rita added that
having said that, there is room for individual input all along the way. She said they will have a website for every
turn, and will welcome any kind of independent communications, from individuals
within the college campus or outside.
She explained they will be looking very diligently to come up with
exactly the right fit for
Rita was asked to offer comments on questions from the last Board meeting. She spoke of the questions which asked for participation by subgroups or in some fashion with individuals other than the Board members on both the interview process and/or perhaps visits. She said that happens in the process that was outlined in the contract that was signed with the consultants. She said that they do indeed hold the contract, and the consultant works for the Board of Trustees. She said that they have put some calls in to see how this process has worked at some of the other colleges that have used this consulting firm, and the feedback they have gotten is that it works very well and people have been pleased with this process and the independent thought that it brings rather than a big group think procedure.
Rita said that they are going to take a look at that and see if they can get some ideas from the consultant as to how they might be more inclusive without negating the Board’s responsibility and right to be the final deciders on this decision, and hopefully bring something back at the next meeting. She said that they do have time, and are just at the beginning of this. There will be public forums, so there will be opportunities for individuals to see the finalists but if they can work them into the interview process, or the visit process they will look at that.
Report on Martin Luther King, Jr. Week
and Natasha Burrowes were introduced by Dr. Bermingham to present the Board
Report on Martin Luther King, Jr. Week activities. Yoshiko explained that the general policy of
the program for this event centered around “celebration through
education.” Their concept is that this
focus helps to see the issues through the education lens, and for student
leadership to grow it is very helpful to have supportive faculty. She added that is also very helpful to have a
partnership between Multicultural Services and the
said that the week’s activities had received good coverage in the Post Intelligencer
and that HCC has the most extensive celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Week
She also offered some highlights on what the week’s activities had in store such as Dr. Ball’s presentation on Hip Hop and Dr. Lipsitz’s lecture on “The Urgency of Now.” The lecture on Wednesday will be by Dolores Huerta, who is an American icon in historic legislation for Farm Workers. She expressed how proud that everyone can be that Highline has chosen to supply the funding to bring these individuals to the campus. As a last note, she urged everyone to see the film, “Boys of Baraka” and to see the mural in the Leadership Resource Room which will be the center of a discussion on youth activism on Friday. She also reminded everyone of Unity through Diversity Week which will be held on Highline’s campus during April 28 through May 2.
Larry Yok reported.
Toni Castro reported.
Marie Zimmerman reported.
Lisa Skari reported.
Highline College Education Association
Ruth Windhover reported.
Dr. Bermingham remarked that the State Board has put forth requests for funding issues, most of which did not get mentioned in the Governor’s budget. Running Start, which was started around 1993, is a tremendous program, but over the years the funding has become more and more marginal. Right now, the gap is a little over $3,000 per FTE. Dr. Bermingham indicated that if the 800 FTE times $3,000 were annualized it becomes apparent how much funding that Highline is missing. The estimate statewide is about $35 million. Dr. Bermingham also said that the Trustees will be briefed next week in their conversation with the Legislature on these issues. Other issues that will take focus for the community colleges are the funding gap for the Worker Retraining Program, the $1.5 Million request for the Digital Library System, and the reauthorization of the Gardner/Evans/Lock Higher Education bonds.
indicated that the College was very excited to have had such success in the
Federal Budget. He expressed his thanks
to Senator Cantwell who took the lead in the E4 Small Business Development
Center which had an earmark of $454,000 and will be speaking with SKCEDI on
beneficial ways to use this funding.
Senator McDermott’s support also assisted in the appropriation of USAID
funding support for programs in
Yoshiko Harden-Abe and Natasha Burrowes were commended by Dr. Bermingham for their efforts in putting together the program for Martin Luther King, Jr. Week. This program has had great success at the College and many of these programs have helped enhance the core values at our institution. He also gave his thanks to Toni for her fine work that is outlined in the article in the Colors NW magazine.
Cheryl Carino-Burr from Educational Planning/Advising spoke to the Board of Trustees. She indicated she had concerns over the presidential search process during the last meeting; however Trustee Rita Creighton’s remarks during today’s meeting had answered her questions.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:38 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on February 14, 2008.