Deborah Brown Joins VGCC Board

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its regular bimonthly meeting on Monday, July 20 at the college’s Henderson campus.

During that meeting, Ninth District Court Judge Carolyn Yancey swore in real estate broker Deborah F. Brown of Henderson for a four-year term on the Board. Brown is also a member of the Vance County Board of Commissioners, and was appointed by that same board. Brown will serve though 2013.

Later in the evening, the Board voted to approve a recommendation from the nominating committee to reaffirm Donald C. Seifert, Sr. of Henderson as chairman of the Board, real estate appraiser David Brooks of Oxford as vice-chairman and retired educator Henrietta H. Clark of Henderson as secretary.

The Board also voted to approve amendments to the 2008-09 Budget Resolution. The college’s total 2008-09 combined amended budget is $40,765,292.

In other business, President Randy Parker reported to the Board that the college had received a perfect score on the North Carolina Community College Performance Measures for 2007-08. VGCC was one of 26 colleges in the state to meet or exceed all eight standards. For more than 20 years, the N.C. Community College System has annually compiled an assessment of its 58 colleges based on a variety of indicators related to service, student success and performance during the previous academic year. This annual reporting is part of the strict accountability requirements of the North Carolina General Assembly.

President Parker told the Board that the college would soon begin collecting data and information for the college’s five-year strategic planning initiative, which will cover 2009-10 through 2013-14. These activities will involve gathering data from the community at large, students, faculty and staff, and reviewing the college’s mission statement and goals.

President Parker also told the Board that he had been appointed to the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board (WDB), a unit of the Regional Council of Governments, by the Vance County Commissioners. The Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board works in partnership with the Job Training Consortium to ensure a high-level performance and the achievement of goals in the development of a quality workforce in the six-county region of Caswell, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties of North Carolina.

President Parker reported that the college continues to have excellent passing rates for students on exams required for licensure or certification. Final passing rates to date of 100 percent were reported for students in Radiography, Pharmacy Technology and Medical Assisting. Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) also received very high passing rates at 86.4%.

Vice-President of Student Affairs Gene Purvis announced that women’s volleyball will be added as a team sport in the fall to the line-up of athletics already available to students. These include men’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf and now women’s volleyball.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in the board room on Main Campus.

Above: Ninth District Court Judge Carolyn Yancey, left, congratulates real estate broker Deborah F. Brown of Henderson after Brown is sworn in for a four-year term on the Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees Monday night. Brown is also a member of the Vance County Board of Commissioners, and was appointed by that same board. Brown will serve though 2013.