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2009 January 13 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Ky. CC Leader To Forego Pay Raise, Bonus In 2009

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System says he won’t accept a raise or bonus in his 2009 compensation package.

KCTCS said in a statement that Michael B. McCall has told the board of regents of his decision concerning the package.

McCall cited “difficult financial times” for the state and post-secondary education system. He said he would join KCTCS faculty and staff in receiving no increase.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual survey in 2008 showed that McCall was the highest-paid community college leader, with total compensation valued at $610,670, including a bonus of about $57,000. KCTCS spokeswoman Terri Giltner says McCall’s normal raise is based on what employees receive and is usually around 3 percent.

KCTCS’ state appropriation was reduced by $13.5 million for the current academic year. The statement said the system’s fall enrollment did not increase for the first time in the organization’s 10-year history.

  • Okla. Colleges Want To Shoot Down Campus  Guns Proposal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would have allowed some Oklahoma students to carry weapons on college campuses died during the last session of the state legislature, and support seems shaky for the idea in 2009 as well.

State Rep. Jason Murphey, who championed the bill last session, said he has requested that another bill be drafted. But the Republican said he would rather a senator file a bill, so he would have a better indication that one would succeed this session.

“The Senate is a harder sell than the House,” Murphey said.

Even before bills were being filed for the upcoming session, college presidents and campus security officers were trying to shoot down a concealed-carry bill. University of Oklahoma President David Boren and Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis opposed the measure.

Jerry Steward, an Oklahoma City Community College vice president, challenged legislative leaders at a State Chamber forum to make public their intentions for hearing a concealed-carry bill. The State Chamber went on record against a measure.

Todd Lamb, the new Senate majority leader, has not been supportive of the proposal, and Republican Sen. Randy Brogdon, who co-sponsored the bill last spring, said he will not do so this year.

Leaders of the minority Democrats in both houses also said they do not favor such a bill.

Last spring, Murphey filed a bill that would have allowed those licensed by the state to carry a concealed weapon on campuses. When the bill came to the House floor, it was stripped of key provisions to apply only to those on active military or reserve duty, those discharged from the military or those certified to carry weapons by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

The House approved the bill on a 65-36 vote, with mostly Democrats opposed. When it was sent to the Senate, it got bogged down in committee and was not debated by the full Senate.

  • Montana Univ. Board Rejects Plans for New   2-year College

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The board overseeing the Montana university system has voted against a proposed community college in the Bitterroot Valley.

The Board of Regents agreed unanimously that the Montana Legislature should reject the idea. 

The regents noted that Montana has 15 two-year colleges. The proposed community college in the Bitterroot Valley would be 50 miles from the University of Montana in Missoula.

The board said proponents have not shown need for the school. Supporters still have the option of taking their plan to the legislature.

The regents said legislators should establish a panel to investigate ways of developing a two-year education model for the Bitterroot Valley that is supported by current Montana University System programs.

  • To Meet Need For Engineers, Ala. May Offer Two-Year Degree

MOBILE, Ala. (AP)—Alabama’s community colleges may offer a new associate degree in engineering next fall to meet industry demand.

Figures from Gov. Bob Riley’s Office of Workforce Development show that Alabama needs 1,100 new engineers a year. Alabama Community College System Chancellor Bradley Byrne recently organized a meeting among deans at some of the state’s four-year and two-year colleges to create a way to increase the number of engineering graduates.

Kenneth Swinney, a Bevill State Community College physics and engineering teacher, was appointed to head a task force that will study an associate degree in the field. Any proposed degree program must be approved by the state Board of Education.

  •  Trustee at Calif. CC Resigns Over Double Dipping Travel Expenses

LODI, Calif. (AP) — A San Joaquin Delta College trustee has resigned after pleading no contest to charges she filed duplicate expense reports for the same trips she had taken.

Delta officials say Maria Elena Serna of Lodi was reimbursed by the college and the Community College League of California for about five trips beginning in 2005, and stole about $1,700 through double-dipping.

San Joaquin Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor reduced the charge against the 67-year-old Serna from a felony to a misdemeanor after she repaid the money and resigned.

She was sentenced to three years probation. She had been on the board for 18 years.

  • Georgia Board  Names Three LeadersTo Head Merged Schools

ATLANTA (AP)—The Georgia Technical College System board has named leaders of three schools formed by mergers.

Thirteen of Georgia’s technical colleges will become six schools on July 1.

The board recently named Bobby Arnold, now president of Griffin Technical College, as president-designee for the combined Griffin and Flint River technical colleges.

Southeastern Technical College president Cathy Mitchell is president-designee for the combined Southeastern and Swainsboro technical colleges.

Skip Sullivan, president of West Central Tech, will head the combined West Central and West Georgia colleges.

The board earlier approved Sanford Chandler to lead Appalachian, Chattahoochee and North Metro, while Craig McDaniel will take over Coosa Valley and Northwestern.

A president-designee has yet to be named for the East Central and Valdosta merger. 

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