Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees June Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met June 27 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Board Vice-Chair John Phelps opened the meeting by thanking the Broussard family for their generous gift to help fund the construction of a new nursing and allied health building.           

Executive Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning Brad Eldredge, Ph.D., presented the college’s summer semester enrollment report.  Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment has dipped 15 percent from last summer mainly due to the large number of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) students who graduated this spring.  Eldredge noted that TAA students have comprised 20 percent of the college’s FTE over the last year.

In action items, The Board approved the first reading of the fiscal year 2012 proposed general fund budget of $16,379,768 and a total Continuing Education budget of $865,000.

FVCC President Jane Karas announced that she is wrapping up her annual Community Conversations this week.  She reported that the feedback has been very positive and that she has received many ideas from the community.  Karas recognized Vice President of Instruction Kathy Hughes who is retiring at the end of this month.  She thanked Hughes for all she has done and acknowledged her as a great asset to the college throughout her 27 years of service.

Karas has been invited to serve on AACC’s 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place July 25 at 3:45 p.m.  For more information regarding specific items included in this report or regarding college activities, contact Tara Roth at 756-3912.  For more information on board meetings, contact Monica Settles at 756-3801.

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