November 29, 2018

John A. Logan College President, Dr. Ron House and Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities, Brad McCormick both received two-year contract extensions at the November meeting of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees. House was named Interim-President in 2015 and in 2016 was officially named the College’s eighth president. House’s contract will run through August 2021. McCormick has served as the Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities since 2007. His new contract will run through August 2021 as well.

Board Chair Bill Kilquist stated that the extensions are proof that the College is finally emerging from a difficult period.

“Ron House has guided us through a very difficult time in the history of the College,” said Kilquist. “Through his leadership the College is back on-track and he has the trust of the faculty and staff behind him. With his leadership and the financial stewardship of Brad McCormick for two more years, I am confident we will continue to surge in the right direction.”

House is pleased to be able to continue and serve at John A. Logan College.

“I am very pleased to serve the College in whatever way I can. It is an honor to be a part of the great faculty and staff of John A. Logan College,” said House. “I’m very appreciative of the Board of Trustees for this opportunity.”

In other Board news, President House provided the Board with a report detailing the State of the College. According to the report, as of fall semester, 2018, all tenured faculty who were part of the 2015 reduction in force that have wanted to return to the College have been brought back and several of the non-faculty layoffs have returned as well. Relationships with in-district high schools have vastly improved to the point where this fall 723 (unduplicated count) high school students are enrolled in dual credit courses. In addition, the administrative staff has been streamlined. Morale and enthusiasm have improved substantially, and for the first time in a long while, fall enrollment was up 2.7 percent, making John A. Logan College one of only nine colleges in the state that showed an increase this fall. Programs, especially in the career technical areas, are growing. The new agriculture program shows great promise, and other areas such as cyber security, construction management, and welding continue to expand.

“This report highlights success across all areas of the College,” said House. “The improved financially stability and relationships with area schools are the result of the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff at the College, and I hope that this report will provide you with evidence of that hard work.”

The Board approved the following consent agenda items: A new Health Occupations Certificate program effective fall 2019; revisions to the FY2020 Instructional Calendar; approval of the Interstate 57 corridor enterprise zoned for Franklin County; APECS payroll upgrade; and approval of Crawford Engineering to perform civil engineering services for the College.

In new business, the Board approved the annual College audit conducted by RSM US. In addition to the audit report the Board approved the adoption of the 2018 Tax Levy. The Board of Trustees will not hold a December meeting and is next scheduled to meet on January 22, 2019 at 7 PM.