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July 2, 2014
Halifax Community College Trustee Board Report
June 2014
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on June 24 for their monthly meeting.

Ruel Solomon was sworn in as an HCC trustee during the meeting. Solomon will finish out the term of his late wife, Lillie J. Solomon, who served on the board until her death in April.

Jay Baker, a governor's appointee, has served on the board since 2007. During the meeting, Baker was recognized for his years of service to the College.

As part of the consent agenda, trustees approved an amendment to the 100 percent Tobacco-Free Policy at HCC to include e-cigarettes. Trustees approved the initial policy in 2010.

Among news from the committee reports, trustees approved a change to full-time faculty contracts, reducing the next contract period from 10 months to 9.5 months. No future annual leave will be accrued for these employees, but sick leave will continue to be accrued at a rate of eight hours per month. Faculty will be able to retain annual leave that they have already earned.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. presented the President's Report to the board. Points of information included:
  • HCC has received a $450,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. The grant will provide upgrades in the College's industrial training program, enabling HCC to upgrade its equipment to industry standards and provide for additional third-party credentials. The upgrades will focus on the areas of maintenance, machining, welding and fabrication. HCC Director of Resource Development John Foriest, HCC Business & Industry/ Customized Training Coordinator Larry Crisafulli, and HCC Director of Title III and PRIDE Male Leadership Program Dan Lovett were recognized for their work on the grant.
  • PNC Bank recently sent the HCC Foundation Inc. a $3,000 donation. Funds will support the annual Alumni & Friends Presidential Breakfast and the donor luncheon.
  • The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council and HCC have developed a program to encourage students to receive Career Readiness Certificates (CRC). HCC purchased seven iPads, which will be loaded with CRC software and will help students prepare for the test. The $4,000 project will enhance the instructional capabilities of the CRC lab and will be used as a demonstration project.
  • Cummins-RMEP has been approached regarding the donation of a diesel engine for instructional purposes for the automotive program.
  • A meeting has taken place with First Media Radio, LLC General Manager Al Haskins about the possible donation of WNVN TV 20. The College will do its due diligence and let the board know the status of the possible donation.
  • Dr. Griffin also recognized eight members of the faculty and staff who were selected for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards this year including: Mathematics Instructor John Bennett, former Purchasing Agent Tina Curry, Student Support Services Director Sherida Gholston, Associate Counselor Jennifer Jones, Systems Administrator Shawn Rudd, Small Business Center Director Mark Stewart, Public Relations & Marketing Director Melanie Temple and English Instructor Charles Wilkinson.
  • HCC Fire Service/EMS Coordinator and Instructor Dr. Kevin Kupietz was recognized for his completion of the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program through the United States Fire Administration/ National Fire Academy.
  • Dr. Griffin participated in the graduation ceremony for the Roanoke Valley Early College on May 23.
  • Dr. Griffin was also invited by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to serve on a panel presentation at the National Rural Health Association's 37th annual convention in Las Vegas. His presentation was titled “Partnerships, Community and Data: Tools for Health Improvement.”
  • Dr. Griffin will serve on the on-site reaffirmation committee at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Ala. from Oct. 28-30 and the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Economic and Workforce Development for a three-year term ending June 30, 2017.
The board approved a motion to rent space in Building 300 to Turning Point Workforce Development Board for the NC Works program. Also during the meeting, trustees extended the contract of HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. through June 30, 2017.

Updates were given on the NC Back-to-Work Program, the financial report and the HCC Foundation Inc. The Foundation will soon kick off the Brick By Brick Campaign called “Order Our Steps.” More details are forthcoming.
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239