May 28, 2014

STEVE O'KEEFE
Logan Media Services

Longtime John A. Logan College employee Darren Pulley was named the College’s Dean for Workforce Development and Community Education at the May meeting of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees. Pulley started at the College full-time in 1992 as one of only two employees in the Center for Business and Industry.  From those humble beginnings, the Center has grown into the state leader in workforce training, serving over 16,000 each year. Pulley has served as the Associate Dean for Workforce Development since 1998.  He will begin his new duties on July 1.

In other board news, Chairman Jake Rendleman congratulated Vice-Chair Jackie Hancock on her recent selection as one of the Southern Illinoisan’s Leaders Among Us.  Rendleman also thanked the numerous faculty and staff members that have served on hiring committees to replace several retiring employees. 

Hancock reported that she had recently attended a meeting of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association that focused primarily on MAP Grants and student success.  She said the next meeting of the ICCTA will be June 5 in Springfield and that a student success seminar would be offered.

Hancock also reported that five new board members had been appointed to the John A. Logan College Foundation Board and that the foundation would be kicking off its President’s Circle campaign on May 31.

In group association reports, LOSA Representative Vicki Kelly asked that in addition to her retirement request, she would like the board to consider allowing her to donate seven unused sick days to a fellow staff member who had recently been diagnosed with cancer.  According to Kelley, current labor agreements prevent staff members from donating sick leave.  Rendleman and Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick agreed to look into the possibility. 

In officer’s reports, Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education Dr. Tim Daugherty reported that as of that day summer enrollment was running slightly behind last summer’s enrollment for the same date.  He added that despite enrollment being slightly behind, there were nearly two weeks left to enroll and he felt that summer enrollment would at or near last year’s.  Daugherty also reported that while enrollment continues to be strong, officials are still concerned with declining credit hours.

Daugherty also reported that the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter had recently been named a Distinguished Chapter and Top 100 Chapter at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

In addition to the two chapter awards, the club’s sponsor, Adrienne Barkley Giffin, was presented with the Paragon Award, which is presented to outstanding new PTK advisors who have served four years or less.

President Dreith welcomed John A. Logan College Foundation Executive Director Staci Shafer and Foundation Board member Elaine Melby to discuss the upcoming President’s Circle Campaign Dinner.  Melby addressed the board with an impassioned plea for everyone at the College to get involved.

“Think about what an education has meant to you. The doors it has opened, the people you have met,” Melby said. “Now imagine that it is all taken away because you didn’t have three hundred dollars to pay your tuition one semester.  Our students need help to improve their lives and the lives of their families and this is a wonderful opportunity for you to help.”

Shafer added that the President’s Circle Kickoff Dinner would be held at the College on Saturday, May 31 at 6 p.m.  She said individuals interested in attending could contact the John A. Logan College Foundation office and that attending the event does not obligate anyone to join. 

The board approved the following consent agenda items: statement of final construction completion for the campus police relocation; summer interior renovations for spaces in E building, CHEC locker room, and a computer lab; contract with CrisisGo to develop an emergency response “app” for the College; approval to change all affected board policies with the new title of Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education.

In new business, the board was presented with the following proposed policy changes for review: 8310, Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook; 3114, Diversity Statement; 3372, Zero Tolerance for Violence or Threating Behavior; 8315, Student Disciplinary Action.

The annual John A. Logan College Board of Trustees retreat is scheduled for June 17 at the Robert L. Mees Village Centre.