The Navarro College Board of Trustees recognized Texas Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) Thursday, during his brief visit to the Corsicana campus. Board Chairman Phil Judson, thanked Birdwell for his continued support of Navarro College.
“A lot of the dynamic things happening in higher education are happening at the community college level,” Birdwell said.
The Granbury Republican represents 10 counties in Senate District 22, including Navarro County. Birdwell was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2010, and announced that he will seek re-election next year.
The Board also heard the results of a self-evaluation survey, presented by Dr. Carol Hanes and Marcy Ballew, who thanked all of the Board members for participating. The Sothern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, with whom Navarro College is accredited, requires each institution to, “define and regularly evaluate its responsibilities and expectations.”
This survey satisfies that requirement and will be used to develop future training and professional development opportunities.
“The point of this survey is to provide discussion, and for clarity, Hanes said. “We’re learning really good things here.”
The October financial reports were presented and approved. This year’s budget is up $750,000 compared to the same time last year. Tressa Thomas, Vice President of Finance and Administration, cautioned trustees that the uptick was likely due to a timing issue due to the early enrollment of students for the spring semester.
An update on enrollment was also provided. At this point, enrollment is down 6.55% and the college has reached 47% of the nearly $8.9 million revenue goal. Sina Ruiz, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Intentional Effectiveness, told trustees that certified numbers for spring semester enrollment will be available in February.
Marcy Ballew, Vice President of Human Resources, announced that Jeanette Underwood will assume the duties as Dean of the Midlothian Campus on Jan. 1, 2020. Guy Featherston will be Dean of the Waxahachie campus, following the retirement of Terry Gibson after 30 years with Navarro College.
Featherston will remain as the Dean of Health Professionals.
The Board also recognized District President Dr. Kevin Fegan for his induction into the Northwood University Hall of Fame in October. Located in Midland, Michigan, Fegan accepted a coaching job there over three decades ago. He led the Northwood Timberwolves Women’s Volleyball team to a .721 winning percentage during his tenure.
“Dr. Fegan spends a lot of time leading and celebrating the accomplishments of others, tonight we celebrate you.” Chairman Judson said.
The next meeting of the Navarro College Board of Trustees will held Dec. 12, inside the Bulldog Board Room, 3200 W. Seventh Ave. in Corsicana.