VGCC Trustees take oaths, elect officers

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its regular bimonthly meeting on Monday, July 18 at the college’s Henderson campus.

Chief District Court Judge Daniel F. Finch administered oaths of office to three members. Ronald R. Alligood was sworn in as the newest member of the Board. Alligood is a retired Director of Butner Public Safety. He recently completed 18 years of service on the Granville County Board of Commissioners, and was appointed by the county commissioners to replace real estate appraiser J. David Brooks of Oxford, who retired after 16 years as a trustee. Stan H. Fox, a former state legislator from Granville County, reappointed by the Governor of North Carolina; and Abdul Sm Rasheed of Vance County, President/ CEO of N.C. Community Development Initiative Inc., reappointed by the Vance County Board of Education, were also sworn in. The terms of Alligood, Fox and Rasheed will expire in 2015.

Meanwhile, retired educator Henrietta H. Clark of Henderson announced that she would resign from the Board after 18 years of faithful service. During the meeting, Board of Trustees Chairman Donald C. Seifert, Sr. recognized several trustees for their service with plaques and resolutions. In addition to retiring trustees J. David Brooks and Henrietta H. Clark, the Board honored retired educator Grace W. Vickery of Henderson, who served on the Board from 1996 until her death in August 2010. Michael Stephenson, Vickery’s nephew, accepted the honor on behalf of the family.

Trustee Emeritus John K. Nelms of Oxford was also honored during the meeting. VGCC Endowment Board Vice Chairman Robert L. Hubbard announced at the meeting that Nelms, a longtime supporter and advocate for the college, would be honored with a newly established Presidential Scholar Award. The endowed scholarship will be named the John K. Nelms Presidential Scholar Award and will be given each year to a VGCC student who meets the qualifications for the award.

Later in the evening, the Board voted to approve a recommendation from the nominating committee to re-elect retired businessman Donald C. Seifert, Sr. of Henderson as chairman of the Board. The Board also elected Stan Fox as the new vice-chairman and Dr. Doris Terry Williams of Henderson, Executive Director of the Rural School and Community Trust, as the new secretary.

The Board also voted to approve year-end amendments to the 2010-11 Budget Resolution. The college’s total 2010-11 combined amended budget is $45,295,355. VGCC Vice President of Finance and Operations Matt Williams announced that the county appropriations for 2011-12 are: $952,260 for Vance County; $611,525 for Granville County; $315,500 for Franklin County; and $180,112 for Warren County.

In other business, President Randy Parker reported to the Board that the college continued to excel by a variety of measures during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to this year’s Critical Success Factors report, which was recently released by the N.C. Community College System office. VGCC’s scores equaled or surpassed seven out of the eight state 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.

Also during the meeting, Vice-President of Student Affairs Gene Purvis gave board members a review of the third full year of the VGCC Vanguards athletics program. Purvis reported that overall the athletics program continues to make progress, with athletes performing well both in competition matches and in the classroom. VGCC athletic programs in 2010-2011 included men's basketball and golf, with a women's volleyball team being organized for the fall.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the board room on Main Campus. The Board will also hold a special informal planning retreat on August 22 at the college.