Vice Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents receive contract extensions

Email this article 02/26/2014

Three Vice Presidents and four Associate Vice Presidents received an extension to their SWTJC contracts during February's Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, 20 February 2014.

Contracts for Dr. Blaine Bennett, Vice President of student services; Anne Tarski, Vice President of Finance; and Dr. Mark Underwood, Vice President of Academic Affairs were extended to the year 2017. Joe Barker, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, declined a contract extension in light of his pending retirement.

Additionally, contracts were extended to 2016 for SWTJC's Associate Vice Presidents: Gilbert Bermea, Margot Mata, Derek Sandoval, and Dick Whipple.

The SWTJC Board of Trustees also voted on a number of issues related to the expansion of SWTJC campuses. The Del Rio campus new facilities are nearing completion; a move to furnish the new facilities was approved during the SWTJC Foundation meeting (also held on February 20). Expansion of SWTJC facilities and services are underway for Eagle Pass and Crystal City after votes approving bond funding.

SWTJC employees will now be granted 16 hours per year to participate in community service activities. Dr. Cheryl Sanchez explained that this policy is an encouragement to SWTJC employees to remain (or become) engaged in their communities. Sanchez also noted the leave is an incentive initiative, not a part of base salary packages, and will not include carryover or payout of unused hours.

Continuing education for staff was also given a boost from a policy presented by Dr. Sanchez and approved by the Board. Going forward, SWTJC staff will have a way to request alternate work schedules to accommodate up to three credit hours of course work per semester. Employees will be encouraged to take classes with schedules that compliment their existing SWTJC work schedules (eg: nights, weekends, online) but now have the ability to formally request flexibility in work hours.

President Gonzales highlighted several advances in his president's report. Knippa's partnership with SWTJC as an early college high school was made official in a signing ceremony earlier in February.

The introduction of a new aviation technical program, including the city of Hondo and Del Rio's Laughlin Air Force base, was presented as a developing initiative.

SWTJC's ever-expanding partnership with Sul Ross - Rio Grande College will receive another boost in the near future. Gonzales explained, "The implementation of a cooperative program allowing SWTJC students to declare a SR-RGC major as soon as they enroll enhances the four-year experience for the region's students."

Visit www.swtjc.edu for more information about the STWJC Board of Trustees, meeting notices, and other information related to SWTJC administration.

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