DOBSON — Dr. Ann Vaughn was named as chair for the Surry Community College Board of Trustees and Andy Anderson was named as vice chair at the regular session of the college board of trustees. The two will be sworn in at the board’s August 11 meeting for one-year terms.
Current Chairwoman Deidre Rogers was presented a plaque by College President Dr. David Shockley recognizing her service since April of 2011. Two SCC students were presented North Carolina State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Corporate and Continuing Education. According to SECU representative Aaron Holt, this is the first year SECU has presented the scholarships and 10 received the $750 awards statewide. SCC Continuing Education representative Sherry White and SECU representative Amber Lankford Fleming were the other presenters.
The two students receiving the scholarships were Jamed David Cockerham and Rebecca Williams Cook. White said Cockerham registered in the nurse aide II class to further his education and hopes in a resulting pay increase in his current job. She said he is a live-in caregiver and needed the additional skills to better care for his client.
“While working in a care giving position, Mrs. Cook’s eyes were opened to a whole new world of nursing,” said White as she announced the next scholarship recipient. “Previously a teacher’s assistant, she realized her goal in life was to become a nurse.” White said Cook has enjoyed the class so much she has set another personal goal of earning a two-year associate degree in nursing.
The board approved a revised student conduct policy and student rights and discipline appeals policy. Shockley described the revision to the conduct policy as being expanded to meet new situations not covered in the older policy with new violations being spelled out.
“We are seeking to not take away the faculty governance of their classroom component,” said Shockley. “Academic and non-academic will work together on the issues. Another part of this new policy is group infractions are addressed. This is simply taking what we had before and spelling it out.”
The second part of the presentation was described as a more streamlined process for students’ due process rights if they were not satisfied with a code of conduct violation decision made by the college. Previously, Shockley had explained the former policy needed to be simplified because the amount of time for appeals would keep them from enrolling in their next classes. The revised student discipline appeals procedure includes appeals before a discipline review committee, presidential review and a board of trustees review.
In other action, Shockley reported the Mount Airy Police Department made a donation to the college’s basic law enforcement training program with a used Dodge Charger being sold to the school for $5,000. College Foundation Director Marion Venable briefed the board on the “Celebrating Surry” open house and concert on June 6 and the annual fund raising golf tournament, dedicated to the late Bobby Harold.
Venable told the board figures on the tournament were not yet available. She said the foundation currently has $6.6 million in assets and has given out $100,000 in scholarships. Shockley told the board the college has moved up from fifth in the state to third in its new and expanding industry projects.
Following a closed session, Rogers reported the annual evaluation of the college president had been held. She said every board member participated in talking with community and staff members with questions about Shockley’s performance. She said he scored 96 percent.
“In my three and a half years as chairman he has made my job simple because of his leadership,” said Rogers. “I know things are getting taken care of. He is the leader this college needs.”
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