Archived Board Meeting Highlights

February 11, 2020

The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Operating Budget and the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Capital Improvements Budget (DCC 2-1)

Durham Tech received a clean financial audit report for the fiscal year ending 2019.

  • Kudos to Andy Kleitsch, Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services and his team for their great work in ensuring the proper stewardship and accurate accounting of the College’s financial resources, and special thanks to Matt Williams for his efforts prior to his retirement last fall.

The Board approved the request to offer the Public Safety Administration Program (AAS)

  • The program focuses on preparing emergency responders to be leaders and supervisors in public safety agencies to effectively understand, collaborate, and manage workers in the all hazards approach to emergency response. Managers and supervisors who have attained a higher-level of formal training that provides a broad-based preparation to successfully lead interagency teams to plan, prepare for and respond to the needs of our communities.
  • The target audience for this program includes current law enforcement officers, current firefighters, current emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and current emergency managers.

The Board approved the 2020-2021 Student Fees.

  • Student fees include but are not limited to: computer and technology fees; student activity fees; College Access, Parking, and Security Fees; specific course fees; miscellaneous fees (e.g., Library fines, transcript fees, etc.); and College and Career Readiness, High School Equivalency fees.
  • Fees apply to both credit and non-credit students as appropriate.

Executive Assistant, Office of the President

  • Toni Brown, who currently serves as the Administrative Assistant, Creative and Liberal Arts, will begin her new role on Monday, February 24.
  • Special thanks to Barbara Rankow for serving in this role, on a temporary basis, since November.
     

December 3, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Academic Calendars

Presidential Search

  • In support of their efforts to recruit the College’s fifth president, a request for proposal (RFP) was posted in November to identify the appropriate consulting firm to support the College during this process. Nine (9) firms submitted proposals for consideration. The Policies and Personnel Committee reviewed and evaluated each proposal, discussed their results, and provided a recommendation to the full board. More information about the search firm will be shared once the College completes its due diligence.
     

October 8, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved a Facility Naming Nomination

  • The Trustees approved the request to name one of two teaching kitchens (located on the American Tobacco Campus) the NC Subway Group Teaching Kitchen. The NC Subway Group, Inc. has become a partner to our Hospitality Program; serving in an advisory capacity and supporting start-up program costs for the recently implemented Culinary Arts Program.

The Board approved the request to offer the Orthopaedic Technology Program (fall 2020 implementation).

  • The program will be offered in partnership with the UNC Health Care Department of Orthopaedics.
  • The College will initially offer the diploma and certificate credentials, allowing students to meet the current certification requirements and attain employment sooner.
     

The Board approved revisions to its bylaws.

  • Article V. Section 8: Public Comment. Clarified language to reflect the intention of the opportunity. Public Comment opportunities are available during regular board meetings, only. Additionally, once an individual presents a comment to the Board, he/she may not bring the same comment before the Board at a subsequent meeting.
  • Article VI. Section 4: Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement. The Policies and Personnel Committee added a statement of attestation regarding the Board’s role in protecting the College from undue influence by external persons or bodies.

Dr. Ingram announced his plans to retire in 2020.

  • After 30+ years of service to Durham Tech and its broader communities, Dr. Ingram announced his plans to retire June 30. View the news article.
     

August 27, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved its 2019-2020 Corporate Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary).

  • The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees consists of: Mr. John Burness, Chair; Dr. Tara Fikes, Vice Chair and serves as the Chair for the Policies and Personnel Committee; Dr. Patricia Ashley, Chair, Student Success Committee; Mr. Barker French, Chair, Budget and Finance Committee; and, Mr. Chuck Wilson, Chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee. Dr. Bill Ingram serves as the Board Secretary and is an ex officio non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

The Board recommended changes to the start time for regular meetings.

  • Committees will meet for 45 minutes each session. Because of this change, regular Board meetings will begin at 1 p.m. instead of 12 p.m. on the scheduled dates.

The Board is considering revisions to its bylaws.

  • Article V. Section 8 Public Comment – The Policies and Personnel Committee recommends revisions to further clarify the intent of the Public Comment period by providing specific guidelines for presenting information.
  • Article VI. Section 4 Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement – To comply with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation (the College’s accreditation body) the Policies and Personnel Committee recommends adding a statement of attestation regarding the Board’s role in protecting the College from undue influence by external persons or bodies.
     

June 18, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved the 2019 Spring Class Visitation Report

  • Board review and approval of this report is required as part of the College’s Accountability and Credibility Plan.

The Board approved the 2015 FY Debt Write Off

  • Per the North Carolina Community Colleges Accounting Procedures Manual and Reference Guide (Writing Off Uncollectible Accounts and College Loans), uncollectible accounts may be written off of a college’s financial accounting records and no longer recognized as collectible receivables for financial reporting purposes, but the legal obligation to pay the debts still remains.

The Board approved the 2019-2020 College Staffing Chart

  • The Board of Trustees approved the revised Staffing Chart, which will be effective and published to the website on July 1.
     

April 9, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

Information Shared:

  • Meta Majors and Guided Career Pathways Update - Trustees were provided with an update on the guided pathways work and introduced to the seven meta majors.
  • Dr. Ingram acknowledged the following students and their achievements:
    • Irina Conc (USA All-Academic Team and New Century Pathway Scholarship recipient given by Coca-Cola Foundation and USA Today)
    • Mary Grace (Dallas Herring Award nominee)
    • Chris McDuff (Robert W. Scott Leadership Award nominee)
    • Joseph Turner (Academic Excellence Award recipient)
    • Jailyn Gales (Daryl Mitchell Award, NC4SGA- Central Region)
  • 2008 - Current SACSCOC Substantive Changes
  • American Tobacco Property Lease – Expected occupancy, June 2019
  • Construction Updates – Applied Technologies Building Groundbreaking, October 2019

The Board Approved:

  • Acceptance of the 2019 State Compliance Review – Final Report
  • Durham County’s Request for Permanent Access to Easement for Water Drainage – in support of College-related construction projects


February 12, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved the Fall 2018CE Class Visitation Report

  • Board review and approval of this report is required as part of the College’s Accountability and Credibility Plan.

The Board approved the Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities policies

  • These policies will be published to the online policies and procedures manual soon.
  • The Employee Disability Accommodations Request form will be published as an appendix to the policy and will be saved to the Employees shared folder (W:\Employees\Human Resources\Forms for Current Employees) as a fillable PDF.
  • Per Board of Trustees recommendation, the student forms will be appended to the student policy prior to the policy’s publication. The forms will also continue to be available via the Disability Services section of the website.
  • Please stay tuned for College-wide training on these policies. If you have any questions about either of the policies, please contact the appropriate custodian.

The Board approved moving forward with securing space at the American Tobacco Campus

  • The College plans to offer Culinary instruction at this location.

The Board approved the 2018-19 Budget Amendments

  • The approval confirms the College’s continued operational budget.


December 4, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

Welcome Geoff Durham!

  • Mr. Durham, President and CEO, The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, was sworn in as the newest member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

The Board approved the Records Retention and Disposition policy

  • The Records Retention and Disposition policy is a revision of our Records Retention and Disposition Schedule procedure. The policy is in response to a mandate from the North Carolina Community College System; therefore, it did not go through the standard policy review and approval process. It was presented to the Board of Trustees for review and approval and will be added to the online policy and procedure manual.

Durham Tech ConnectFunds Rebranded - Durham Tech Promise

  • After assessing the effectiveness of the ConnectFunds program, we’ve used the lessons-learned to improve communication about and access to this resource.
  • The attached presentation (created and presented by Tom Jaynes) provides details regarding the changes.


October 2, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved the 2018CE Class Visitation Report

  • Board review and approval of this report is required as part of the College’s Accountability and Credibility Plan.

The Board approved the Culinary Arts Program Application

  • The College will submit the Curriculum Program Application, requesting approval to offer the AAS degree in Culinary Arts (A55150) beginning Fall 2019.
  • The curriculum will provide specific training required to prepare students for careers in the culinary arts and in foodservice settings including full-service restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, contract foodservice, and healthcare facilities.

The Board approved the Sound Fiscal and Management Practices Policy

The Board approved the 2018-19 Budget Resolution

  • The approval confirms the College’s operational budget for the current academic year.