The Southwest Texas Junior College Board of Trustees met in a regularly scheduled session on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Uvalde Matthews Student Center Bluebonnet Room.
A report on Del Rio construction opened the meeting. Del Rio’s new administration building is complete and, as of March 17, houses registration, advising and counseling, financial aid, and administrative offices. Additionally, the classroom building is scheduled to be complete and ready for students taking summer courses.
The quarterly investment report was delivered by Vice President Tarski and indicated that SWTJC is in good shape, financially. A revenues and expenditures report delivered later in the meeting by VP Tarski reflected the same soundness.
An overview of the Auto-body Repair Technology program followed, delivered by John Aviles, Automotive Body Repair Technology Instructor. The program offers one and two year certificates as well as an Associate of Applied Sciences. Aviles indicated that students who are interested in owning their own businesses or working in a management capacity are encouraged to earn an AAS degree. Career placement for the program is positive, but relies heavily on continued training and certification, as well as a willingness to work through journeyman-type career progression.
President Gonzales delivered his president’s report, which opened with a review of the Del Rio construction status. Crystal City and Eagle Pass campuses are next on the SWTJC construction docket, with an addition planned for the Eagle Pass campus and expansion planned for the Crystal City campus. Dr. Gonzales noted several institutional developments unrelated to construction, including an upcoming meeting with the president of Angelo State University to sign articulation agreements, modifications to the SWTJC strategic plan, some minor changes to SWTJC policy, and recent presentations on SWTJC successes at national conferences. Student meetings with the president, a monthly “town hall” style meeting arranged for students to voice concerns and ask questions directly of the president, were also mentioned.
Tony T. Moreno and Rodolfo R. Flores, who were up for re-election to the SWTJC Board of Trustees, were unopposed in their positions. As such, the SWTJC Board elected to cancel the Board of Trustees election.
Dr. Antonio H. Rivera was chosen to confer degrees at SWTJC’s May commencement ceremony.
Two sets of signatures were requested of the Board, one to approve changes to SWTJC policy and another to formalize the partnership with the SWTJC Foundation, which manages external funds related to the college. Policy changes included additional titles, reflecting the college’s new organizational structure and the addition of Vice President and Associate Vice President positions, as well as an addition to the section regarding evaluations. Evaluations now include all SWTJC employees; previous policy only addressed the regular evaluation of faculty.
The Board then met in closed session to consider employment of deans, non-teaching faculty, and faculty; as well as employees terminated, resigned, retired, newly hired, or transferred.
The March meeting of the SWTJC Board of Trustees was adjourned in honor of Maggie Cervantes.
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