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Rendleman Appointed JALC Board Chairman

Jake Rendleman was elected JALC board chair at an organizational meeting held Monday by the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees.  Jaclyn Hancock (left) was elected vice chair, and Cheryl Graff was elected secretary. (Logan Media Services photo)

Jake Rendleman was elected JALC board chair at an organizational meeting held Monday by the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees. Jaclyn Hancock (left) was elected vice chair, and Cheryl Graff was elected secretary. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY STEVE O’KEEFE
Logan Media Services

Carterville - The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees held an organizational meeting on Monday, April 29 to canvas the April 9 election. New board members Cheryl Graff and Bill Kilquist officially took their seats on the board while former trustees Jim Snider (6 years) and John O’Keefe (20 years) were recognized for their service to the board. In addition to seating the new members, Jake Rendleman was elected chair while Jaclyn Hancock was elected vice chair, and Cheryl Graff was elected secretary.

Rendleman thanked the board for the support and reminded the various campus constituencies that he was accessible.

“If you have questions or concerns, make sure you contact me at my home or on my cell phone,” Rendleman said. “I have spent years on both sides, as a teacher and a board member, and my time on the ICCB has prepared me to handle the tough issues that we will be facing.”

Don Brewer (left) presents Jake Rendlman with a plaque, recognizing him for his work with the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson scholarship celebration. (Logan Media Services photo)

Don Brewer (left) presents Jake Rendlman with a plaque, recognizing him for his work with the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson scholarship celebration. (Logan Media Services photo)

In other board news, Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities, Brad McCormick, reported on the activities of the board’s Finance Committee. He noted that the recommendation for a CPA firm to conduct the annual College and Foundation Audits would be part of the new business items on the agenda.

McCormick also pointed out that staff member, Chris Neagele, had recently been inducted into the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

Vice President for Administration, Dr. Tim Daugherty, reported that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission reported that they had made an error in the disbursement of MAP grant funds and had overpaid students by 10 percent. Daugherty said that 200 students at the College were scheduled to receive MAP grant funds, and had the funds been fully disbursed, the College would have been responsible for collecting the overpayment that resulted from ISAC’s error.

“Thankfully, Jason Snider in the Business Office was able to stop the majority of the disbursements before they went out,” Daugherty said. “As a result, only 30 students had received their funds. Each of those students will have to return, on average, about $65. They will have until fall to make the payment and no student will be dropped from a class or be denied registration because of the error.”

Mike Hopkins (left), former JALC board chair, hands Jake Rendleman the gavel as Rendleman takes over as board chair. (Logan Media Services photo)

Mike Hopkins (left), former JALC board chair, hands Jake Rendleman the gavel as Rendleman takes over as board chair. (Logan Media Services photo)

Vice President for Instructional Services, Dr. Deborah Payne, reported that the conversion to the Desire2Learn distance-learning software was progressing nicely. She said that Director of Distance Learning, Krystal Reagan, had returned from maternity leave and was continuing to work on the project. She also recognized faculty member, Scott Elliott, for his work to help staff transition to Desire2Learn.

Payne added that she had the opportunity to attend the Fifth Annual Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Scholarship Banquet where the following students were awarded scholarships to John A. Logan College: Erin Beasley, Crab Orchard; Colin Stout, Echo; Kurt Dixon, Marion; Meghann Trammel, Elverado; Denton Gramh, Du Quoin; Savana Nellis, Trico; Michael Dees, West Frankfort; Dalton Brown, Carterville; Emmy Gael Crain, Johnston City; Amanda Ranchino, Herrin; Ana Perez, Carbondale; Shelby Satterlee, Murphysboro.

In addition to the scholarships, Board Chairman Jake Rendleman was honored for his work with the scholarship celebration.

JALC President Dr. Mike Dreith reported that the strategic plan was progressing on schedule and that he expected Tom Wunderle to make a presentation to the board at its May meeting. Dreith advised the board that all strategic planning documents were available on the College Web site and that he encouraged the board to review the materials.

Dreith also reported that he would be attending Lobby Day in Springfield on May 1, along with Jake Rendleman, Mike Hopkins, and Steve O’Keefe.

The following consent agenda items were approved: Repayment of Inter-Fund Loans in the amounts of $75,000 and $750,000; Starshine Cleaning and Maintenance of Herrin for cleaning services at the Annex, and the Alongi Extension Center in Du Quoin; and destruction of verbatim recordings of the closed session meetings through and including Oct. 25, 2011.

Item D on the consent agenda regarding approval of closed session minutes for availability for public inspection was removed until the May board meeting. Chairman Rendleman asked that the item be tabled due to the illness of College legal counsel, John Huffman.

“As most of you know, Mr. Huffman has been ill and in the hospital,” Rendleman said. “Because he has been the only attorney working on this, it is necessary to table this item at this time.”

The following new business items were approved: Kemper CPA Group LLP to conduct the College and Foundation Audits for FY 2013; addition of William “Bill” Batteau as a namesake of the Batteau room in the Conference Center.

Trustee Don Brewer also requested that the board explore the possible naming of a facility on campus for former trustee, Dr. John O’Keefe. Brewer also reported that O’Keefe was eligible for lifetime membership in both the Illinois Community College Trustees Association and the Association of Community College Trustees. Rendleman reported that he had spoken to O’Keefe and that he had interest in membership in the ICCTA. Rendleman added that he believed that O’Keefe was going to be honored by the ICCTA at the annual meeting in June.

The board voted 5-2 to adjust Dreith’s contract to remove a buyout clause. According to Trustee John Sanders, the buyout clause was originally added to the contract because Dreith was coming to the College from out of state.

“It was my understanding that because Dr. Dreith was an unknown entity to us, the buyout gave us an option to relieve him of his duties without cause for the total of six months’ pay,” Sanders said. “This was done to insure that he was a good fit for the College. We are now 10 months into this contract and I believe we should remove it and give him the traditional three-year contract.”

Trustees Brewer and Kilquist voted against the measure, stating that they preferred to have the opinion of College legal counsel as to why the provision was originally added. Rendleman voted in favor of the measure, but cited reservations because legal counsel was not present to answer the question.

The following personnel items were approved: Emily Henson, part-time, grade 1, coordinator of special events; approval of contracts for non-teaching professional staff, extension of vice-presidents’ contracts, extension of president’s contract; Amy Mathes, full-time, tenure track faculty, emergency medical services instructor; retirement request of full-time faculty member Thomas Carroll, effective Aug. 1, 2014; and approval of renewal of contracts for non-teaching professional grant staff members through June 30, 2014 contingent on available grant funding; approval of Jane Bryant as Department Chair for Social Science, and Kathirave Giritharan, Mathematics.