COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
March 13, 2008
Executive Session was called at 8:02 am for the purpose of discussion
of an issue related to real estate.
Executive Session adjourned at 8:20 am.
The Study Session continued at 8:20 am and
the following topics were discussed:
Second Quarter Financial
The Study Session adjourned at 9:50 am.
Call to Order
Karen Vander Ark, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.
Members Present: Karen Vander Ark
It was noted that Rita Creighton and Dr. Ed
Davila were absent from the meeting.
Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on February 14, 2008 were approved.
Acting Interim President in Dr. Bermingham’s absence, introduced Jack Kniskern,
former member of the Board of Trustees, who offered a report on the activities
of Zhao Lan, our recent visitor from China. He expressed that a highlight for Zhao Lan
was her trip to Olympia in which she
participated in three appointments: the meeting with Senator Karen Keiser, Lt.
Governor Brad Owen, and with State Board Director for Community and Technical Colleges, Charles Earl. Each was enthusiastic in their meetings and
Mr. Kniskern felt that Zhao Lan made an excellent presentation in her interest
of further developing trade relationships with China. The possibility of a trade mission was
discussed in the meeting with Senator Karen Keiser. It was projected that this mission might be
scheduled for May, 2009. Her meeting
with Lt. Governor Owen lasted about 45 minutes, and he was also positive about
developing plans for a trade mission.
Mr. Kniskern also submitted a written report of his thoughts on Zhao
Lan’s stay to Marie Zimmermann for Dr. Bermingham.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
President, Steven Simpkins reported.
- Steve indicated that Winter Quarter has
been filled with activities and Spring Quarter looks to be a real
powerhouse as well.
- Steve remarked that he really enjoyed
his trip to Washington
DC and the opportunities to
accompany Dr. Bermingham and Raegan Copeland on a number of visits to
legislative offices. He accompanied
Dr. Bermingham on visits to the offices of Representative Adam Smith, Senators
McDermott, and Cantwell, and was most enthusiastic about his visit with
Mr. Sedlins at the State Department in which he spoke of the contributions
that the International Students had made to student activities and
programs at Highline.
- The sightseeing activities of Washington DC
were also a major highlight of Steve’s trip.
- The third phase of the International
Leadership Summit is underway with Diah Adinata taking a leadership role.
- A new program is being hosted by
Highline called the Legislative
Voice Academy. It will offer students from all across
the state an opportunity to learn how to write initiatives for the
- Upcoming events are the Spring Club Fair
on April 3rd, the Battle
of the Bands event on May 2nd, Pacific Islander week starting
on May 5, and the Spring Fest and Career Fair later on the 16th
- The Friends of Bosnia recently held a
very successful community event and sold over 300 tickets to their
celebration of International Women’s Day.
- The Health and Job Fair was a success
last week, organized by the Medical Assistants, Nursing, and Respiratory
- Also in May, the Environmental Club will
be celebrating Earth Day.
Dr. Elizabeth Chen
offered her congratulations to Steve and expressed her delight in the
opportunity he had with all the visits he had made in Washington DC. She expressed that these experiences would
serve him well in the future.
Public Employees Association
Lydia Bracco was
unavailable for this meeting and will update the Board at the April meeting.
- Ruth Frickle reported on the most recent
meeting of the Faculty Senate. She
explained that Jeff Wagnitz presented the most recent information
regarding the State Board’s position on Common Course Numbering, and
requested the Senate to pass a resolution to proceed with this proposal.
- Ruth explained that earlier, the Faculty
Senate had voted against the adoption of Common Course Numbering, but now
decided in its favor and would consider a resolution to that effect during
its next meeting.
Update on Presidential Search Process
Dr. Elizabeth Chen
delivered a report for Rita Creighton who was unable to attend the
REPORT FROM RITA
Highline Community College
Advisory Committee Report Submitted by Rita Creighton, PSAC Chair
March 13, 2008
The PSAC met on
Thursday February 21, 2008 with all members and our search consultant in
members had independently reviewed the application packets from all
candidates. Through a ranking process
the candidate field was reduced to a top twelve (12) semi-finalist group. Two (2) of these twelve have subsequently withdrawn
their names from consideration.
were asked to answer six (6) questions and submit their answers in a DVD
The committee will
meet on Monday March 17, 2008 to reduce the applicant field to the finalists
for the next stop of the process.
Planning for campus
visits and interviews is underway. And
the search process is on schedule.
Dr. Chen commented
that this was the end of the report.
Development Center and Community Partnerships
Mary Averett was
introduced by Marie Zimmermann to present a report to the Board of Trustees on
the Small Business Development
Center. She offered a brief history of the
partnership in the community and its development.
- Dr. Averett explained she came to
Highline five years ago and was very impressed with the collaborative
programs that were underway. She
was amazed to see what was known about Highline in the community.
- The Southwest King County Economic
Development Initiative (SKCEDI) was already in place. It first met in 1998 and Highline joined
the organization soon after. The
organization was formalized in 2001.
The organization provides a number of inroads to various groups in
the community and it also allows Highline an opportunity to interact with
community partnerships for specific purposes.
- SKCEDI has a steering committee on which
Dr. Bermingham now serves. As the
decision makers from these locales, this provides an excellent opportunity
for monetary commitments for specific purposes. The Small Business
Center would not be
thriving here if it were not for SKCEDI and the grants they have brought
to this Center. Some of the
collaborating partners are not always key players, but are called upon for
- A good example of the type of support Highline
has received is the assistance that SKCEDI was able to provide in
obtaining support letters for Legislative Initiatives. There was a very short lead time, and we
were able to have the letters faxed to Washington DC
before the deadline.
- Another example is the Seattle Southside
Initiative news insert which advertised Highline. This marketing piece came from the
efforts of SKCEDI. Since that time,
additional articles have been published about the College and its
Dr. Averett was asked whether Federal
Way was a member of SKCEDI. She replied that they did not initially join
the organization, but they were a part of the Small Business
Center. She said the service area is a bit complex
and truncated, as they are trying to cover an area which crosses jurisdictions. Kent
and Auburn have
their own economic development organizations.
Tukwila, Kent, and SeaTac also have another
small group. Dr. Averett said that the
SBDC is thoughtful about the jurisdictions, but is still trying to cover what
is appropriate. She said the motto of “Educating people: One business at a time” is a good
Dr. Averett then introduced Zev Siegl.
Mr. Siegl has been at Highline for four years. She said he is really responsible for
building the Center and has really promoted its services.
Siegl is located in Building 99 which is pretty effective in the area as it
also serves to assist in Outreach. The
SBDC receives around 80 emails a day, and can be reached at SBCD@highline.edu.
owners often hear about the Center and about Highline through the internet, and
also by referrals from other businesses. Mr. Siegl explained that a lot of
traffic comes through the website of www.sba.gov and within 4 clicks, the Highline site will
Siegl carries out a lot of outreach activities, such as speaking at Rotary
Clubs and other such organizations.
Often if a small business needs to refinance, or get a loan, the Center
can provide resource information to assist them. In some instances, if this could be a high
impact to the community, Mr. Siegl will try to meet with them immediately.
that come up for small businesses are often in categories of marketing,
direction the business is headed, volume, or maybe Human Resources.
Siegl also presented several case histories of businesses that have benefited
from assistance at the SBDC in order to offer a picture of what the Center has
program receives funding from several sources including the Washington State
participating SKCEDI cities, the Port
of Seattle and other
of service provided by the Small
Center is not provided by
any other resource.
Larry Yok reported.
- Larry reported that Highline is
currently in the process of a new “Request for Proposal” for Food
Services. This can pose a challenge
for a college in responding to the variety of cultures, tastes, and
cost. An added challenge is to
create a proposal that will attract more than one bidder. Advertising will go out this week and we
hope to be completed by May.
- The current Food Services contract ends
on July 31st.
- Toni announced that Spring registration
and advising is currently underway and the reminder cards have been sent
for early registration for those who have been admitted to the college,
but not yet registered, encouraging them to register early.
- Winter Quarter enrollment was strong at
- Many exciting new events are taking
place. There is the Grand Opening
of the Leadership
which is a very impressive area. A
local artist created the mural.
- Last Friday we held the 6th
Annual High School Conference. Over
125 students took tours, visited classes, and were introduced to the
- A former student, Choklate, was the keynote speaker who recently held a local
performance in Renton. She was invited to perform at Jazz Alley
and is planning an East Coast Tour. She was the 2004 Highline Community
College Student Body President.
- Student Affairs recruited Heather Brett
who will have a liaison with the PE and Health Education Division. She recently completed her Masters
degree and has a Bachelors degree from Gonzaga.
- A new Running Start Advisor, Ekkarath
Sisavatdy, has been
hired. He has his BA from Western
University and will
focus on retention services. He is
active in the Laotian community and as a real bonus, is a trained Sushi
- Jean Munro, our retention services program
coordinator has been invited to participate in the City of Des Moines Human Services Committee.
- Kelly Tracey is the student success story
of the month. She came to Highline from
Thomas Jefferson High School
and is in the Running Start Program.
She was active in the Giving Tree program and is currently the Services
and Activities Chair. She works in
the Office of Academic Affairs and carries a 3.4 grade point average. Toni expressed that Kelly is sure to have
a very bright future.
- Toni will be in Yakima during the next meeting attending
the Washington State All Student Services Conference.
reported for Marie Zimmerman.
- Mary reported that she wished to take
this opportunity to continue speaking a little on Outreach, as these
activities are very important to Continuing Education.
- She wished to highlight the E4 Earmark
which will be the first year that Highline has been able to benefit from
this funding. This will broaden the
abilities to outreach to the immigrant community surrounding
Highline. The Entrepreneurship
funding will help as an adjunct program to the SBDC.
- United Way put out a publication on
partnerships and used Highline
Community College as
one of its case studies on partnerships.
This came out of the efforts of Jeff Wagnitz and others in the
partnership with Para Los Niños.
- The Center
for Extended Learning is offering training activities for employees, and
has been very effective in its Spanish programs.
- Highline is
also a leader in the I-Best programs.
The State Superintendent for Public Instruction requested
Highline’s participation in working with the Skills Center
to provide ESL teaching and other programs in Professional Technical
- It was also
noted that Continuing Education is mandated by the Community College
system. Formerly, it was funded by
the State, but that is no longer the case.
It is hoped that recognition of the importance of these programs
will assist them to continue.
Lisa Skari reported.
- Lisa announced that April will be the
month of visits to Highline.
- April 21-22 (Achieve the Dream
This event will focus not only on some barriers to success that
colleges have faced, but success stories as well.
- April 14-15 (Accreditation Interim
- April 9 (CSPAN campaign bus visiting
Highline from 9am until 11am)
Jason Prenovost will be working with student services for all the
preparations for the CSPAN bus visit.
Ruth began her report with an update from the Legislative
Session. She said that the Legislature did grant approval to the I-732
faculty and classified Staff at technical colleges one-half of one percent
above the COLA. Today, an average faculty member makes about $50,000, so
she was mutedly enthusiastic about this increase. . This small
increment was one of two Legislative items.
Ruth indicated that soon the Trustees will have an opportunity
to speak to the salary issue in the Legislative meetings and hoped that they
would be supportive of an increase. She said the State Board does have
staff looking at this and that they would be bringing it to the
Legislature. Though Highline
Community College is in
the upper quartile of the system, it still does not bode well for future
Ruth went on to state that the present climate of the
faculty was not good. She said there is uncertainty in the leadership of
the future which is exacerbated by the upcoming contract negotiations in
2009. She mentioned there were concerns regarding the Executive
Staff. She added this uncertainty will erode some of the former
collegiality in the contract information. The HCEA will also be
negotiating with the new chief negotiator for the college, Larry Yok, and this
will also add uncertainty to the process.
Ruth went on to implore the Board to make a decision as soon as
Dr. Chen responded that the search process is underway and
that this uncertainty should only be temporary. She added that they would
make certain that the new president would be aware of the culture at Highline.
Ruth Windhover added that basically the HCEA contract was a
five-year contract and at this point, the HCEA was operating on a four-year old
contract, and this could extend the process into a lengthy one.
Dr. Chen responded that Ruth’s concerns were clearly heard.
The meeting was
adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on April 10, 2008.
Karen Vander Ark, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary