VGCC Board Approves Budget, Burgess Takes Oath

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) Board of Trustees held its regular bimonthly meeting on Monday, September 16 at the college’s Main Campus in Henderson.

At that meeting, Superior Court Judge Henry W. "Chip" Hight swore in business owner Michele Eaves Burgess of Henderson as a trustee. Burgess was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory and will serve a four-year term on the Board. She previously served on the Board from 1991 through 1998. Burgess replaces Danny W. Wright, a Certified Public Accountant of Henderson.

The Board voted to approve the 2013-2014 Budget Resolution and Summary of Revenues and Expenditures as presented. The college's total operating and capital improvement budget for 2013-2014 is $40,769,897. This is a $5,169,406 decrease from the previous year’s budget.

The Budget Committee reported that North Carolina legislators have approved a special annual leave bonus of five days to qualifying employees to be used for the 2013-2014 budget year. Legislators did not approve salary increases for the year. The Budget Committee also reported that the method for determining colleges’ budget FTE (full-time equivalent student) will now be calculated based on the higher of the prior year’s enrollment or the average of the prior two years. Previously, it was based on the average of the prior three years. A portion of State funding will also be determined on a performance-based funding model.

The Curriculum Committee reported two new articulation agreements between VGCC and Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh. The agreements will allow VGCC students to make seamless transfers from the college’s two-year Business Administration and Criminal Justice degree programs into Saint Augustine's four-year programs. 

Also at the meeting, the Board voted to approve new appointments to VGCC’s Advisory Committees for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Advisory committee members have worked in businesses and industries and can speak to the needs of the community for training in those areas. Many committee members are VGCC alumni. Each fall, these committee members meet on campus with the heads of the programs they advise to discuss current topics within their industries.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, November 18 at 7 p.m. on the College’s Franklin County Campus and will be a joint meeting with Franklin County Commissioners.

Above: Superior Court Judge Henry W. "Chip" Hight, left, congratulates business owner Michele Eaves Burgess of Henderson, right, after swearing her in to serve a four-year term on the VGCC Board of Trustees. (VGCC photo)