Dean's contracts extended by board of trustees

Email this article 02/17/2012

Contracts of three deans were extended in a unanimous vote of the SWTJC board of trustees at the board's regular monthly meeting on Feb. 16.

Dean of Instructional Services and Chief Financial Officer Hector Gonzales, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Technology Dr. Blaine Bennett and Dean of Admissions and Student Services Joe Barker all had their contracts extended through 2015.

The board also approved authorization for Schneider Electric, headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, to prepare and investment grade audit on electrical savings at SWTJC sites in Uvalde, Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Crystal City.

Representatives of Schneider Electric told the board that after conducting a preliminary energy audit of SWTJC facilities they estimate potential annual savings of $78,675 through savings in lighting, energy management and HVAC redesign/retrofits.

Once the audit is complete, the company will report back to the board with recommendations, estimated savings and possible financing options for the improvements if the board decides to move forward with the project..

In other action, the board approved seeking an interlocal agreement to join the Educational Service Center Region One purchasing cooperative provided there is no cost to the college.

Trustees also set March 6 as the day to draw for places on the ballot for the May 12 SWTJC Board of Trustees election. Filing deadline for candidates is March 5.

Places 1, 2 and 3 are currently held by Victor Lopez of Crystal City, Maria Elena Lara of Uvalde and Anita Shackelford of Leakey. All three incumbents have announced their intentions to seek reelection. No other candidates have filed.

Dean of Admissions Joe Barker gave a report to the board on spring enrollment. Uncertified spring enrollment is 5,292 students. According to Barker, spring 2012 enrollment is six percent below fall 2011 figures and a 10% decrease compared to spring 2011.

"Better job opportunities in the area and tighter financial aid requirements are the two main factors contributing to this year's decline," Barker said. 

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