October 29, 2014

STEVE O'KEEFE
College Relations

John A. Logan College Board Chairman Jake Rendleman and President Mike Dreith awarded presidential scholarships to 21 students at Tuesday’s regularly-scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees. 

To be eligible for a Presidential Scholarship, a student must have a perfect 5.0 grade-point average for three consecutive semesters as a full-time student and  have obtained sophomore standing. 

The following students and their families were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting: Kelley Avery, Johnston City; Christine Baker, West Frankfort; Crystal Bogard, Carterville; Joshua Coburn, Herrin; Madison Craig, Murphysboro; Amanda Evinger, Carterville; Justin Ford, Murphysboro; Tiffany Gaimari, Carterville; Joseph Gray, De Soto; Blaine Lepere, Ava; Megan McAnelly, Murphysboro; Charles Patrick, Herrin; Kirk Pirtle, Herrin; Madison Runge, Murphysboro; William Tellor, Carbondale; Katelyn Thies, Cutler; Camille Ticheur, Carbondale; Christopher Vaughn, Herrin; Jacob Wiegan, West Frankfort, Joshua Wolf, Thompsonville; Kim Anne Wong, Carbondale.

Following the Presidential Scholars ceremony, the board had an interactive session with the Student Senate. 

Members of the Senate reported on fundraising and other activities that they have been involved with this semester.  Senate members also reported of a need for updated signage on campus.

At the conclusion of the Student Senate session, Brandi Husch, of Johnston City, a member of both the Senate and Phi Theta Kappa, thanked the board for the time it has invested in students. Husch introduced her young daughter to show that John A. Logan College is not only improving the lives of current students, but of future generations, as well.

“You really care about student success and it shows,” Husch said. “I brought my daughter tonight because I wanted you to know that you are doing good things, not just for current students, but for those that will follow behind us.”

In other board news, Trustee John Sanders reported on a recent administrative change to the hiring policy.  According to Sanders, the change was the result of a recommendation by the Higher Learning Commission. 

“Under our current policy, the chair of each individual hiring committee has to come to the board meeting to discuss his or her recommendations,” Sanders said. “This process will now be replaced by an executive hiring committee consisting of the President, Vice Presidents, and the Executive Director of Human Resources.  This committee will now meet with each chair after the interview process has concluded to discuss the candidates. The President will then make a recommendation to the board based on their discussion.”

Dreith added that this change would satisfy the request of the Higher Learning Commission prior to the College’s re-accreditation visit scheduled for 2016 and would also streamline the hiring process.

In addition to the changes to the hiring policy, Dreith reported that each open position on campus will now be evaluated by a rubric to determine if the position should be filled, or if the duties of the positon can be consolidated into other positions. 

“In light of current economic conditions, we feel that it is important to evaluate each open positon to determine if it is still essential to the mission of the College,” he said.  “I want to be clear we are not asking to institute a hiring freeze; it is more of a chill.  This is vital until we know the fate of the temporary income tax increase in December to insure that we remain on good financial footing.”

The board approved the following consent agenda items: application for Protection, Health and Safety Project to replace the roof on building B; the replacement of a police vehicle in the amount of $24,400 to Vogler Ford.

In new business: A resolution to Issue Taxable General Obligation Community College Bonds, Series 2014 was approved along with a resolution for an escrow agreement for the Taxable General Obligation Community College Bonds, Series 2014.