VGCC Trustees take oaths, elect new officers

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its regular bimonthly meeting on Monday, July 16 at the college’s Henderson campus.

North Carolina Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Randolph Baskerville administered oaths of office to three members of the Board who were recently reappointed — Dr. Doris Terry Williams, Donald C. Seifert, Sr. and Sara C. Wester, all of Henderson. Dr. Doris Terry Williams, the Executive Director of the Rural School and Community Trust, was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue to her first full term. She had originally been appointed by the governor to serve out the remainder of the term of trustee Grace Vickery of Henderson, who died in 2010. Donald C. Seifert, Sr., a retired businessman, was appointed by the Vance County Board of Education. He has served as a trustee since 1996. Sara C. Wester, who first joined the Board in 2004, was appointed by the Vance County Commissioners. All three will serve four-year terms on the Board.

Later in the evening, the Board voted to approve a recommendation from the nominating committee to elect new officers for the 2012-2013 year. Real estate broker and Vance County Commissioner Deborah F. Brown of Henderson will serve as the new chairman of the Board. She replaces Donald Seifert, who has held the position since 2003. The Board re-elected former state legislator Stan Fox of Oxford as the vice-chairman and Dr. Doris Terry Williams as the secretary.

The Board also voted to approve year-end amendments to the 2011-12 Budget Resolution. The College’s combined amended 2011-2012 operating budget is $45,065,116 and the amended capital improvement budget is $1,392,631. This makes the college’s total 2011-12 combined amended budget $46,457,747. The Board also approved funds for the College’s Athletics programs and the 2012-2013 college fee schedule.

In other business, President Stelfanie Williams reported to the Board that the college continues to excel by all measures, according to this year’s Critical Success Factors report, which was recently released by the N.C. Community College System office. VGCC’s 2010-2011 scores surpassed all of the state’s 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, President Williams told the Board about plans to move forward with establishing a law enforcement agency on campus. This will increase the college’s security on campus by adding trained police officers to the staff.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the board room on Main Campus. The Board will also hold a special informal planning retreat on August 27 at the college.