Six finalists in Isothermal presidential search

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 05:15 AM

There are six finalists in the search for the new president at Isothermal Community College.

Meeting Tuesday afternoon in closed session, the Board of Trustees narrowed a list of more than 25 applications to six as the presidential search process continues. The names of the finalists will be released when all applicants have been notified. The applicants names may be released later this week. 

Trustees will begin the interview process on Friday, Feb. 8 and have scheduled meetings through Wednesday, Feb. 27. The board will meet on March 5 at 12 p.m. for a possible announcement.

President Myra Johnson announced her retirement in November and plans to complete her tenure in the spring. She has been at the helm of the college for six years and has nearly 30 years with the state's community college system.

Also Tuesday during the open meeting, held on the Polk County campus, six former members of the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees were named Trustee Emeritus.

Tuesday was the first time Trustee Emeritus have been named, although the process is in the by-laws. To be eligible a person must have served at least 12 years on the Board of Trustees. 

Trustee Emeritus are James Tanner, 37 years on the board;  Clyde Tomblin, 12 years; Hollis Owens, 15 years; Gordon Scott II, 16 years; Doug Pearson, 13 years and Warren Carson, 12 years.

"We've tried to catch up," said trustee Ron Giles who served on the committee to select the honorary trustees. "We're trying to take care of everyone who qualifies."

At the next meeting of the board, an amendment to the by-laws will be presented regarding the Trustee Emeriti's honorary roles, such as invitation to special events at the college, graduation, and board conferences. 

The honored trustees will also receive a plaque—citing years of service— to be displayed at the college and to be presented to family members at the time of death. 

The board also learned that the college will undergo a Civil Rights Review in March. This will be the first time a Civil Rights audit has been done at Isothermal.

"We have been told when they come they will bring their tape measures. They will look at everything," Johnson said.

Early indications are everything is in good shape for the visit.

Johnson also reported the Program Audit, Financial Audit and the Continuing Education Internal Audit have all met its criteria.

Regarding college enrollment, Jonnson said Isothermal's enrollment is up a "little bit" although across the state, enrollment is down. 

She said the enrollment increase is about 4 percent and the final numbers will be released on Friday, Feb. 8.

The board also approved contracts for new employees Scott Hutchins, Economics Instructor; Dana Anderson, Web Technology Instructor; and Blain Jones, Information System Instructor.

Appointments were also announced and are Lori Price, Adult Education Curriculum Coordinator; Tangie Jones, Secretary to Enrollment Management and Trenna Lovelace, Accounting/Business Math lab.

Trustee Bob England, a former member of the North Carolina General Assembly, asked Johnson about legislative goals for the NC Community College system.

She said goals include funding for year-long classes in math, technology, engineering and science, which will increase the full time enrollment numbers and will equal more funding for the colleges.

Johnson said the state system has already been told, however, anything requiring additional money, "we won't get."