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4/21/2017 10:40:00 AM
Regional college board reorganizes following election
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees reorganized and got down to business during their monthly meeting Tuesday at Wabash Valley College, Mount Carmel.

Three incumbents were retained during the April 4 consolidated election. After certifying the results, Brenda Culver, Noble; Gary Carter, Fairfield; and Jan Ridgely, Olney, were sworn in.

Culver and Carter were seated for six-year terms, expiring in 2023. Ridgely, who was appointed to the board last year, will serve the remaining four years of an unexpired term ending in 2021.

The oath of office was also administered to Madison Martin, who was seated for a one-year term as student member of the board. A student at WVC, she succeeds Gideon Raley.

Trustee G. Andrew Fischer was re-elected chairman and Culver was elected vice-chairman. Trustee Gary Carter was appointed secretary pro tempore.

Roger Browning was re-appointed district treasurer and Renee Smith was re-appointed board secretary and district ethics officer. All of the officers were elected unanimously.

A resolution was adopted listing the dates, times and locations of regular monthly meetings for remainder of the year. The meetings will continue to be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., except for the December meeting, which will be held on the second Tuesday.

The next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Frontier Community College, Fairfield.

Action was taken to adopt all rules, regulations, policies and actions of prior boards.

In an on-going review of policies, the following revised and new policies were approved: Drug-free workplace policy, military leave policy, Victims Economic Security And Safety Act policy, residency policy, nursing student progression/remediation policy and evaluating student performance policy.

In personnel business, contracts were renewed for WVC President Matt Fowler, FCC President Jay Edgren, Lincoln Trail College President Ryan Gower, Olney Central College President Rodney Ranes, Chief Executive Officer Terry Bruce and Dean of Workforce Education Development Mike Thomas. Each was given a two-year extension.

Also, trustees hired Amber Kramme as an LTC office assistant, effective May 15, and accepted the resignation of LTC Dean of Instruction David Carpenter.

An affiliation agreement was approved with Medicine Shoppe in Newton for LTC's Pharmacy Technician Program.

Similar agreements were approved between LTC's Certified Medical Assistant Program and Effingham OB/GYN Associates in Effingham, RWR Medical Arts in Robinson, Jasper County Health Department in Newton and Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes.

Also approved was an articulation agreement between IECC and Eastern Illinois University to facilitate transfer from IECC's Sport Management Associate Applied Science to EIU's baccalaureate Kinesiology and Sports Studies Sports Management Program.

A transfer agreement between IECC and Vincennes University was approved to facilitate transfer between IECC's Associate Degree in Nursing and VU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Activity fee allocations for 2017-18 were approved for FCC, LTC, OCC and WVC.

The board adopts the allocation of student activity fees at the colleges each year. The allocation notes what percentage of each dollar will be turned over to an appropriate self-balancing account in the auxiliary fund.

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