Surry Community College swears in four board members
DOBSON — Surry Community College’s Board of Trustees regular meeting was highlighted by a swearing in ceremony of four trustees. Three trustees were essentially reappointments with the fourth being a newly-appointed trustee.
The new trustee to the board is Dobson native Lynn W. Kennedy. Edward Carter and Eddie Harris were reappointed. Audrey Mahan, who returns as the Student Government president, was sworn in as student trustee on the board.
During the president’s report, Dr. David Shockley said a total of 3,243 students had registered in curriculum enrollment to keep enrollment level for the fifth consecutive year at the college. He said because community colleges are funded one year ahead, decreased enrollments can cause budget shortfalls in following years of increased enrollment.
He also said the school had increased in its corporate and continuing education programs and basic skill curriculum enrollment had increased. Shockley also said the school had been ranked fifth among 58 state colleges offering a variety of classes in new and expanding technologies and continuing and corporate education curriculum.
“We have been really, really trying hard to meet the needs of business,” Shockley said. “We are starting to see the results.”
Shockley said the college had seen a 42-percent increase in its high school enrollment and was reaching out to help high school students with programs through the Elkin, Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain satellite centers through programs such as the Career and College Promise which allows students and parents to realize a savings by taking college freshman courses at less cost before transferring to a four-year school.
He said the school also plans on doing more for students through partnership with the Surry County Virtual Academy and planning summer camps next year for middle school students and a college day for Surry County students and students from surrounding counties. Existent counselors from the college also will spend more time in local high schools helping students interested in SCC enter community college “before they walk across that stage to graduate.”
Shockley and Policy and Personnel Committee Chairwoman Barbara Harrell also told the board about eight new employees, the reassignment of three, two resignations and one retirement.
New employees are Julie Collins, nursing assistant instructor; Michael Dixon, lead instructor, welding; Kevin Hathcock, mathematics instructor; Ron Hill, director and instructor, Basic Law Enforcement Training Program; Wesley Lawson, web specialist; Vickie Ramey, coordinator and instructor, Emergency Medical Services Program; Pansy White, nursing assistant instructor; and Sarah Wright, English instructor.
Kirk Killon has been reassigned as the chair of the Center for Public Safety; Shelia Martin will serve as division chair, Business & Computer Technologies; and Sabra Rice will be the associate evening dean and Department of Labor grant. Spanish instructor Shannie Jessup and Educational Opportunity Center Coordinator Melanie Hylton both tendered resignations, and the retirement of Mary Darnell, accounting technician and accounts payable, also was announced.
Shockley explained the retirement of Vice President of Administrative Services Susan Pendergraft also made consolidating and reorganizing the reporting structure of the departments possible, eliminating a position at a cost savings to the school.
Under this new reporting structure, auxiliary services, human resources and facilities matters will report to Vice President of Finance Tony Martin. Police department, switchboard and communications will report to Vice President of Student Services Randy Ledford, and print service issues will report to Vice President of Technology Services Candice Holder.
Reach David Broyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1952.
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