Hill College Board of Regents March 2021 meeting summary

  Jessyca Brown
  Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:23 AM
  General Events

Hillsboro, TX

The Hill College Board of Regents met Tuesday, March 2, 2021, after the regularly scheduled February meeting was canceled due to inclement weather. Board Chair David Teel called the meeting to order at 12:02 p.m. 

The invocation was given by Regent Charles Bryant.

The minutes from the January 2021 regular meeting were reviewed. Regent Rick Sullins moved to approve the minutes and Regent William Auvenshine seconded. The minutes were unanimously approved.

Billy Don Curbo gave the Consideration of Approval of Financial Report for January 2021. Regent Jennifer Nowlin moved to approve the financial report as given and was seconded by Regent Sullins. The report was approved.  

Dr. Pam Boehm gave the President’s Report:

  • Accepted the board resignation of Regent Charles Bryant and recognized him for his commitment and dedication to serving the Board of Regents and Hill College for the last seven years.
  • Informed the board of the recent passing of Jim McKenzie, father of Dean Nancy McKenzie, and of Allen Cordell, spouse of long time employee Ginger Cordell.
  • Recognized faculty member April Clinkscales and informed the board of her recent passing.
  • Reported the recent weather related damages to seven Hill College buildings. TASB insurance will cover the damages.
  • Reported that round 1 ($1.3 million) of federal funds have been spent and presently working on round 2 ($4.2 million) while following restrictions and reporting requirements.
  • Celebrations-Jenzabar (J1) 25-year partner. Hill College recognized during virtual ceremony. Jessie White gave an update of the current Hill College ERP conversion from Poise to J1.
  • Celebrations-Dr. Boehm recognized Hill College LVN nursing program with 100% passing rate. The college is currently ranked 15 out of 268 colleges in the southwest.
  • Century Club funded new cushions for the Bullock Gym in 2020 and recently funded the second half of the cushions for 2021.
  • Lizza Trenkle gave an enrollment update reflecting the college is presently down 6% in contact hours and 10% in headcount due to the pandemic.
  • Legislative update-The 50 community colleges are asking to receive the same in state appropriations as the last session and supporting the TRUE (Texas Reskilling and Upskilling Education) legislative bill.
  • SACSCOC Update-response letter to the two recommendations received from last fall’s onsite visit was sent out 3/1/21.
  • Go Hillsboro leaders recommended to hold the annual job fair virtually this year - scheduled for 3/10/21.
  • Participated in Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Williams.
  • Participated in tour of former Kerr Middle School with architect and BISD.
  • Shared the TC3 legislative fact sheet including state appropriations.
  • Boots & Suits will be a Come & Go Reception at Hill Top Barn in Cleburne, April 16, 2021, this year and the college is currently soliciting sponsors for the event.
  • Jessie White recognized Tom Bloss and Pam Van Hook for their hard work through the Jenzabar ERP conversion.

Athletic director Paul Brown presented the athletic report. Forty-two student athletes qualified for the All Academic NTJCAC Team.

Dr. Boehm presented the Student Success Initiative. Hill College PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) chapter reached the status of 5-star chapter. Virtual event during April will recognize the college for achieving REACH status, Dr. Boehm will be given the Shirley B. Gordon Presidential Award, Dean Nancy McKenzie will receive Distinguished College Administrator Award, and Jim Williamson for his 5-year service award as an advisor.

Mr. Curbo presented Consideration of Approval of Property Bids for Delinquent Tax Foreclosures. Regent Nowlin motioned to accept and was seconded by Regent Sullins. The motion passed.

Ms. White presented Consideration of Approval of Institutional Purchase from Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). The purchase would consist of updating firewalls and cybersecurity. The cost would be $215,754. Regent Bryant made a motion to utilize federal stimulus funds for the purpose of updating firewalls and cybersecurity and was seconded Regent Lloyd. The motion passed.

Dr. Schindler presented Consideration of Approval of Affiliation Agreement with Midlothian Methodist Medical and Hill College Health & Public Services Program, Echocardiography Technician. Regent Auvenshine made a motion to accept the affiliation agreement and was seconded by Regent Lloyd. The motion passed. 

Ms. Trenkle presented the Consideration of Approval of Affiliation Agreement with Turk Express Care & Hill College CE Medical Assistant Program. Regent Bryant made a motion to accept the agreement and was seconded by Regent Jolene Lehmann. The motion passed.

Dr. Boehm presented Consideration of Approval of Purchase & Proposal of Wesleyan Building. The purchase consists of the 6,000 square foot building, 1.6 acres of land, and the contents of the building at a cost of $350,000. The proposal is for the use of a Hill College Athletic Training & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Boehm mentioned that funds will have to be utilized from reserves for this project. Regent Nowlin abstained from the vote. Regent Lloyd made a motion to accept the purchase and proposal as given and Regent Sullins seconded. The motion passed.

Jamie Jaska presented Consideration of Approval of Policy Update #40. Regent Nowlin made a motion to accept the policy update and was seconded by Regent Auvenshine. The motion passed.   

Ms. Jaska presented the recent Hill College personnel hires and resignations. Regent Lloyd made a motion to accept the recent personnel changes and Regent Brackin seconded. The motion passed.

With no further business to conduct, Regent Brackin made a motion to adjourn, Regent Lehmann seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 1:37PM