VGCC Trustees take oaths, elect officers

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its regular bimonthly meeting on Monday, July 19 at the college’s Henderson campus.

Ninth District Court Judge Henry Banks swore in three members of the current Board of Trustees for additional four-year terms. The reappointments were Ronald E. Gregory and L. Opie Frazier, Jr., both of Vance County, and Ernest Thompson of Granville County. Appointed by the Vance County Commissioners, Gregory is the Assistant Superintendent of Vance County Schools. Frazier, a realtor who served on the Board 1971-1996 and then rejoined the Board in 2002, was appointed by the Vance County Board of Education. Thompson, who resides in Butner, is a retired educator and was appointed by the Granville County Board of Education. Their terms will expire June 30, 2014.

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 J. David Brooks of Oxford as vice-chairman and retired educator Henrietta H. Clark of Henderson as secretary.

The Board also voted to approve year end amendments to the 2009-10 Budget Resolution. The college’s total 2009-10 combined amended budget is $43,586,621. The 2010-11 budget funding by county is $962,175 for Vance County; $572,789 for Granville County; $315,500 for Franklin County; and $180,112 for Warren County. Franklin County also gave $135,000 towards a planning grant for building projects at the VGCC Franklin County Campus.

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 2008-09. This is the second year in a row that the college has received this honor under the new performance measures guidelines. 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.

Also during the meeting, Vice-President of Student Affairs Gene Purvis gave board members a review of the second full year of the VGCC Vanguards athletics program, which includes men's basketball, golf and women's volleyball teams. Purvis reported that overall, the athletics program continues to progress. Three student-athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA. Four athletes graduated in May, while one basketball player, Ric Yarbrough of Franklinton, hopes to transfer to North Carolina Wesleyan College to continue his athletic career at the next level. Purvis also detailed academic requirements of student-athletes and announced that VGCC will soon hold its first "Boot Camp" for athletes, in which they will learn about study skills, time management, career exploration and managing money, among other topics.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in the board room on Main Campus. The Board will also hold a special informal planning retreat on August 23 at 4 p.m. at the college.