COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
February 14, 2008
Executive Session was held from 8:05 am to 9:20 am for the purposes of
discussion of the performance of a public employee. The Executive Session continued at 9:20 am
for the purpose of discussion of the performance of public employees with
regard to Tenure and also for the purpose of discussion of real estate. Executive Session adjourned at 10:02 a.m.
Study Session adjourned at 10:02 a.m.
Call to Order
Karen Vander Ark, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.
Members Present: Karen Vander Ark
Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on January 17, 2008 were approved.
Jack Bermingham announced
that Highline Community College will have the
privilege of hosting the Washington State Supreme Court here at Highline on May
5, 2008. The Court will host sessions on
campus and there will be a luncheon that day and also a reception with the
Court Justices later in the afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The Trustees were invited to both the
luncheon and the reception and Dr. Bermingham encouraged the members of the
Board to try to attend both events. He
said that this visit was quite an honor for the campus and based in large part,
as a showing of respect for our paralegal program. Joy Smucker, Division Chair, Business/Paralegal
Program, has played a key role in organizing this event. Dr. Bermingham expressed his enthusiasm not
only for the honor it brings to our campus, but for the tremendous opportunity
it brings for students to participate in this experience. Marie Zimmermann added that Highline has
actually established a class this quarter focused on the Supreme Court and the
Justices will be meeting with the students of that class.
Dr. Bermingham spoke
of the press conference held in White Center on February 13th in
which the National Center for Family Literacy and the Toyota Foundation
announced their grant to the Highline
School District. Highline
Community College was invited as we,
along with Para Los Niños are key partners in
this grant for a three year period and $100,000 which will support a family
literacy program three elementary schools in Burien and White
Center. Only five sites
were selected and one of the spokespersons said that initial applicants totaled
over 200. One of the speakers was a
Highline student who gave a delightful presentation in discussing how this type
of program was one that could provide a better life for her daughter and she
emphasized the focus on the family. Our
partnership with Para Los Niños
is also highlighted in a document that is being produced by United Way about
best practices in partnerships with larger institutions such a college and
smaller organizations such as a community based organization. Congratulations were given to Jeff Wagnitz
who was instrumental in writing this proposal and also to Steve Washburn in the
ABE program and to Bevin Taylor as well acknowledgements to the efforts of
several other faculty and support personnel.
Mike Regeimbal asked what Highline’s role would be in this program, and
Dr. Bermingham explained our faculty would be holding classes at the elementary
schools and other resources would be provided for family members at those
sites. Congratulations were also offered
to the Highline School
District by Dr. Bermingham for their work on the Literacy
Grant and the partnership this program offered for Highline
Community College and the local School District.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
President, Steven Simpkins reported.
- Steve said the caucus program continues
to be strong and is now in its second year. Just to offer an idea of the type of
programs that are discussed, recently there was a presentation by a
student who is a registered sex offender.
It was an interesting discussion as the individual discussed what
it was like to be labeled as a sex offender and the students were very
interested in what he had to say.
Another discussion was focused on “Internal Race Wars: Black versus
Brown” and another one coming up soon will be “Individual Rights versus
- A great turnout of about 25 students
came for the International Leadership Summit in which the Indonesian
students were highlighted. Next
month South African students will be honored.
- Steven Simpkins was enthusiastic that
the decision was approved for $103,000 in funding for the remodeling of
Center which was
very well received.
- Recent events at Highline featured several
speakers including a former student of the Nursing Program who came back
to Highline to talk about her experiences, Laura Manning, a Faculty
member, gave a presentation on her trip to China, and Sam Green,
Washington State’s first Poet Laureate also spoke on campus.
- Steve reminded everyone of the upcoming
musical events, performance artists and student panel discussions that
would be held during the Hip Hop Summit of February 26 and 27.
- The Volunteer Fair is coming up and also
the Boat Cruise this spring which is like Highline’s student prom.
- Steve was proud to announce that Highline Community
College has retained the Valley Cup in a rousing six to
four game score of hoops over Green
River Community College.
- The Black Student Union is also hosting
several events this week as part of Black History Month including a
presentation from author Sophia Stewart, a poetry slam and several musical
Public Employees Association
- The Highline WPEA Chapter meeting will
be held this month on February 20.
- Lynn King, Mark Wynn and I met with the
Classified Staff on January 31st to inform them of the
Presidential Search Process. There
was good attendance and positive feedback.
- Lydia was pleased to announce that 15 members
of the WPEA participated during Lobby Day in Olympia held on Monday, January 21st.
They spent the morning discussing the Legislative process and Legislative
priorities for 2008 were identified at the annual meeting in
Ellensburg. In the afternoon they
met with different Legislators in small groups and attended a Higher
Education Committee Meeting.
Ruth began her
report by saying she had served as a faculty member at Highline for 21 years,
so it had now been18 years ago that she had received Tenure. She said that in that time, she and many
others who have been here for a long period of time, have seen a major change
at Highline. She said Highline has gone
from an average community college to an outstanding community college both
within the state, and nationally. She
went on to say that Highline has an exceptional faculty due to a very
aggressive recruitment of diverse faculty.
She said Highline also has an exceptional administration. Five years ago the accreditation committee
gave Highline an outstanding evaluation which noted Highline’s spirit. Ruth said she feels this spirit is a result
of a high level of collegiality and cooperation between the faculty and the administration. From her contact with faculty throughout the
state and nationally, she said the level of communication between faculty and
administration both through formal negotiation and more importantly through informal discussion is unusual if not
unique. She said faculty feel they have
a voice in decision making and their contributions and values are
understood. So when administrators have
different views from faculty, and their decisions reflect those different
views, the faculty nevertheless supports them, because their voices have been
Ruth expressed the
faculty’s disappointment in the Board’s decision regarding the Presidential
Search Process. They were disappointed
that constituent groups’ representatives will not have the opportunity to sit
on the interview committee or to discuss finalists with the Board after the
finalists’ visits. She said this is a
significant departure from the Board’s previous presidential search
process. At that time, the constituent
group representatives participated in the interviews, site visits, and
discussions with the Board before the Board made their decisions. She said it was also a departure from the
process that the State Board itself used when hiring its executive
director. In that process, finalists
were interviewed by a committee that included not only Board members, but a
college president, college trustees and a faculty member. Ruth said she happened to be that faculty
member. She disagreed with the decision
that was made but supported it because she had had her voice heard, and had an
opportunity for face to face discussion with Board members concerning the
candidates and the process. Ruth
explained that as she had expressed in her email communication to the Board, a
great deal of additional information will be developed through references and
background checks, interviews, and constituent meetings. She said differences between finalists will
become much clearer, and the constituent groups will have a unique perspective on
this information and their representatives need to be able to articulate their
constituency’s assessments of each candidate to the Board. She hopes that the
Board will see their desire for representatives to have face to face
conversations with the Board prior to making their final decision as a valuable
asset and also as a means of continuing the relationship that has made Highline
so strong and so effective as a community college.
- Ruth Frickle said she had attended the
statewide association meeting in Bremerton
last week, at Olympic college.
- Barbara Clinton attended the recent
meeting of the Faculty Senate and helped them understand the various
levels of honors that are available to students including honors options,
honors scholars, and high scholastic achievement and also described basic
guidelines for projects for faculty who agree to offer honors options for
students in their classes. It was
very informative they appreciated the time she spent in making that
Action Item on Recommendations
for the Tenure Track Process:
Regeimbal introduced the following motion:
Having given due
consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee and the
College President, Mike Regeimbal moved
to recommend the following candidates for Tenure after 3 years of Probation:
Oussama (Sam) Alkhalili – Business Information Technology
Sherri Chun – Business Information
Dawson – Paralegal
Marie Esch-Radtke – Nursing
Tommy Kim – Writing
Jessica Neilson – Paralegal
Jeff Owens – Chemistry
James Peyton – Economics
Ben Thomas – Music
Teresa Trillo – Nursing
The motion continued
to recommend the following candidates from second year to third year Tenure
Chappell – Medical Assisting
Patricia McDonald - Education
Matt Schwisow - Writing
Lonnie Somer - Anthropology
The motion again
continued to recommend the following candidates from first year to second year
Tenure track probation:
Shawna Allen – Math
Teri Balkenende – History
Rich Bankhead – Engineering
Dan Drischel – Human Services
Monica LeMoine – Writing
Kris Mason – ABE/ESL
Anthony Newton – Accounting
Bevin Taylor – ABE/ESL
seconded the motion.
The Motion passed
Update on Presidential Search Process
Karen Vander Ark asked Rita Creighton
to give an update on the presidential search process.
Rita Creighton submitted
the following report:
The Committee met on
Monday, February 11, 2008 with Dr. Don Cameron of the search firm. Dr. Don Hunter was unable to attend due to a
family emergency. The search process
continues to be on schedule and as agreed to in the process plan.
The committee met to
discuss the search process and review the roles of PSAC members, the
consultant, staff facilitator and the Board of Trustees.
All PSAC members
signed confidentiality agreements and reviewed the work plan for initial
reduction of applications.
applications have been received and screened for completeness and verification
that all applicants met the stated requirements. All applicants have doctoral degrees.
- 9 of the twenty-six have Washington State work experience
- 5 have presidential experience
- 9 are vice-presidents
- Others include a regional chancellor, a
chancellor, a vice-chancellor, directors, associate vice-presidents and a
chief academic officer.
Rita explained the
field was varied.
PSAC members have
begun review of the applications and will meet on February 21 to reduce the
applicant pool to twelve for the next sate of the process.
will be developed for PSAC review between March 7th and 17th.
candidate interviews and site visits still need to be developed.
Rita added that she
hoped that this would address some of the concerns expressed by Ruth Windhover.
Report on Human Services
Employment Professional Certificate Program and partnership with
Highline Community College and collaborations with W.i.S.e.,
O’Neill and Associates and local County Development Disability
Alice Madsen began
the report with an apology for the technical difficulties with the PowerPoint
presentation, but explained that this time allowed her the opportunity to
acknowledge several key people whose efforts have made this program a possibility. They included Joyce Duran, Project Manager,
employed by King County (who was unable to attend during this time as she was
traveling in Thailand), Dan Drischel and Judy Perry, both of Highline, and also
Teri Johnson (the first instructor with the Employment Professional Certificate
Program), who works with O’Neill and Associates. Alice
referred to the development of this program as a highly collaborative
process. She said the key players had
worked for the better part of a year with the State of Washington Division of
Developmental Disabilities and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and
with employers of persons with disabilities along with the College.
Alice described the program as a 15-credit
certificate aimed at people currently working in the field with people who have
developmental disabilities. Their aim is
to assist in preparing these individuals as they transition to a level in which
they may obtain employment. This program
can also be a pathway to the Human Services Program, leading to an Associate of
Arts degree if the student so wishes. Many
of the current students have Masters Degrees but still see this as a viable
certificate to improve their working knowledge.
reported 23 students in the current program who will be participating in
coursework for the entire year, working in 6 different areas. She explained that one of the students
commutes every Friday from Colville, WA, near Spokane
which shows the intensity of interest and the importance of this program.
She explained that
one very interesting statistic was that the unemployment rate for persons with
disabilities nationwide is about 70%, and for the State of Washington, is about 45-50%. Alice
explained this revealed a huge group of people who could be contributing to our
economic base. As Highline has always
promoted a core value of inclusiveness, this program fits well with Highline’s
goals and could truly be a model nationwide.
She added that employers are paying tuition for students in this program
and all of the students are working full time.
continued this report with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting these areas:
- The Program was developed through a
partnership in planning, curriculum development and replication with DSHS,
County contributions, the Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Vancouver School
District, the State Of Oregon DHS, and the Washington Initiative
for Supported Employment
- The purpose is for preparation for
employment professionals to meet the needs of a diverse workforce citing
RCW 71A which states, “All individuals, regardless of the challenge of
their disability, will be afforded an opportunity to pursue competitive
- Fall Quarter emphasizes historical
perspective, systematic instruction, individualized planning, and
supporting positive behavior in the workforce
- Winter Quarter emphasizes customized
employment, networking and community involvement, developing personal profiles,
and corporate marketing
- Spring Quarter emphasizes preparing the
individual and the business, developing support plans, training for independence
and customer follow-along services to business
- The Presentation also highlighted the
feedback received from students in the program and their successes in the
Judy Perry added
that to her knowledge, there was no other State who was currently involved in
this level of training, as many four-year programs do not have the
concentration of resources available for this type of program. She also added that students in these
programs all work for non-profit agencies.
Larry Yok reported.
- Larry said that the Executive Staff
recently toured the work that has been completed at the MaST and it is
- The Emergency Generator has been
installed and a test run has been scheduled for February 18th.
- The preliminary ratings were received on
the submissions to the State for Capital Projects and Larry expressed his
regrets in informing the Board that Highline did not make the cut in this
cycle. He said he would be meeting
with the State Board and Tom Henderson to go over the screening. The process continues, as these
recommendations will then be forwarded to the Presidents, and a task force
will review them prior to sending their rankings to the State Board.
- Dr. Bermingham underscored Larry’s
remarks that even though Highline feels that replacement and remodeling
funding is a huge need for this campus, that there are many older colleges
in the State who are perhaps even more in need.
- Toni wished to thank Steve Simpkins
again and the students for the contribution of over $100,000 for the
remodeling of the Tutoring
- Registration and advising for Spring
quarter is now underway. Spring
Quarter begins March 31.
- Highline is over 16% of where it was two
years ago at this time.
- A college fair was held on February 6th
and Siew Lai Lilley did a great job in keeping up with this.
- In Athletics, one of our wrestlers, Pano
Dreves, won a regional championship, 3 of our basketball players are
- Toni wished to highlight Michelle St.
Clair this month as a student success story. Michelle is a non-traditional re-entry
student who is wheelchair bound after an auto accident. Michelle has a 3.76 GPA and wishes to
purse her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration at UW Tacoma.
- Marie also expressed her enthusiasm for
the use of student program funding to support the remodeling of the Tutoring Center. She said that when it was relocated
several years ago, temporary walls were put up for better use of the space
and it was impressive to see how the area was functioning. She said that to have the students step
up to offer funding for this purpose is a real testimony to the work that
is being done there.
- Marie wished to highlight the new
personal fitness program. The first
classes in this area started Winter Quarter. The fitness center is open to the
faculty and staff of the college as well.
- Tammy Hilton, Interior Design Instructor,
and Rich Bankhead, Engineering Faculty, are both taking classes in CAD at
Green River CC. They were both
interested to see how more involvement in CAD could assist our programs at
Lisa Skari reported.
- Lisa reminded everyone that Highline had
been selected as part of a PBS special.
The producers have been in contact with Highline and are now
looking at a date in April for the filming.
- Last Friday, more than 10,000 students
participated in a High School Leadership Conference.
- The latest campaign report has been
released from the Collins Group.
The overall capital Campaign for the MaST has reached $1.65
million. The campus campaign has
raised over $35,000.
- The Federal Way paper has run one and a
half pages featuring the MaST in Des
Moines, and Rod Stephenson is already getting a
lot of emails in response to the article.
- Lisa also explained that Highline is in
the process of tailoring its funding requests. There is a concerted effort toward
corporate and foundation gifts. To
date, there are pending requests at more than $662,000.
Karen Vander Ark remarked that the
Board of Trustees has also received reports from the State and they are hearing
of the success in this regard.
Dr. Bermingham was
pleased to report that the American Council for Education had picked up the
article from the Des Moines
paper on the MaST and allowed Highline more national attention.
wished to express his congratulations to the faculty who received Tenure
through the Action of the Board of Trustees at this meeting. These individuals contribute to what makes
Highline an engaging campus and why it continues to have an impact on the
broader campus of the educational climate here.
He added his thanks to Dan Drischel who was already playing a leadership
role on our campus but was also an influence across the State in the Human
Services Program. He extended his
congratulations to Judy Perry and her program’s success.
Bermingham wished to thank the Trustees for their role in the advocacy of the
College. He wished to specifically thank
Karen and Elizabeth for their efforts in January in meetings with Legislators
and other groups.
A special thanks was
extended to Larry Yok by Dr. Bermingham for his extended efforts on the arduous
task of putting together the documentation to forward to the State for an
approval to move forward on the Federal Way Lease. He expressed that Larry’s willingness to go
above and beyond his current duties with this effort was no small task, and
very much appreciated.
The meeting was
adjourned at 11:26 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on March 13, 2008.
Karen Vander Ark, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary