WCC Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021

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WCC Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021


WCC Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021


WILKESBORO, N.C. – The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, October 21, at the Ashe Campus located in West Jefferson, N.C.

Prior to the start of the business session, the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Poe Hall was held.

The business session began with the approval of the minutes from the August 10, 2021, Board of Trustees meeting.

College President’s Report

Dr. Cox presented the proposed meeting dates for 2022 to the board for approval.

Trustees approved the following meeting schedule for 2022:

Thursday, January 6, 2022, Walker Center

Thursday, April 7, 2022, Walker Center

Friday, May 13, 2022, Walker Center, Orchestra Room

Thursday, August 11, 2022, Ashe Campus

Thursday, October 13, 2022, Alleghany Center

Friday, December 08, 2022 (lunch meeting/Christmas event for trustees) Walker Center

Chairperson’s Report

Jay Vannoy, chair of the WCC Board of Trustees, announced the membership of the 2021-2022 Standing Committees. Jay Vannoy will serve as the ex-officio member of each committee. The Buildings and Grounds Committee is comprised of Arnold Lakey, Chair, Bill Davis, Kelly Vannoy, and Josh Roten. The Finance Committee is comprised of Ricky Brown, Chair, Keith Elmore, Josh Roten, and Larry Stone. The Personnel Committee is comprised of Bert Hall, Chair, Susan Murphy, Terry Bumgarner, and Kim Walker. The Program and Planning Committee is comprised of Dr. Pam Scott, Chair, Evan Handy, Connie Cox, and Dr.

Erwin. The Investment Committee is comprised of Ricky Brown, Chair, William Watts, Susan Whittington, and Jim Smoak.

Jay Vannoy, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced the next trustee orientation/education session, scheduled for March 30 – April 1, 2022, in Raleigh, N.C.

Program and Planning Committee


The Student Government Association (SGA) at the Wilkes Campus has named the following officers to serve for the 2021-2022 school year Peyton Paisley, president; Lacey Church, secretary; and Annabelle Lewis, public information officer.


Buildings and Grounds Committee

Trustees reviewed the Annual Security Report (ASR), which provides three calendar years of select crime statistics for all campus locations and facilities. Additionally, it includes safety and security programs and procedures as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. Colleges and universities are required to collect and publish the ASR by October 1 of each year.

Finance Committee

            The 2021-2022 Annual Fund Drive began July 1, 2020, with the WCC faculty and staff and the foundation members. This year’s goal is $70,000.00 with current funding at $28,442.

The programs supported are WCC SkillsUSA Club, Prowler Food Pantry, Doc Watson

Student Emergency Fund, GED & HiSET Testing Scholarship, and Study Abroad. Each

trustee is asked to consider a gift, in any amount, to the annual fund. Gifts are continuing

to be received daily and trustee support is greatly appreciated. The annual fund drive will continue through June 30, 2022.

MerleFest 2021 was held September 16-19. The 2021 report will be forthcoming. As a reminder, the dates for MerleFest 2022 are April 28 – May 1, 2022.

The WCC Foundation’s WAW Scholarship Golf Tournament was held Thursday, September 23, 2021. The tournament had 110 participants. The WCC Foundation appreciates all who participated as a player and/or a sponsor.

The 38th Annual Henry Moore Scholarship Golf Classic powered by Wilkes Communications Inc. was held Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Oakwoods Country Club. Over one hundred players are anticipated to play in the event with a goal of $43,000 in net profit. Net proceeds from the tournament support the Step-Up Leadership Scholarship program. For more information on the program contact Ashley Van Hoy, Scholarship Coordinator, ae*********@wi******.edu, or phone 336-838-6237.

            The 2020-2021 WCC Foundation annual report is available and may be viewed online at www.wilkescc.edu/giving.


Personnel Committee

The board approved revisions to the following policies/procedures as presented by Administration:

  • 3.1.3 Employee Classification and Work Hours
  • Full-Time Employee Workload
  • 3.1.4 Compensatory Time
  • 3.4.7 Telecommuting

The trustees received biographical narratives on the following new employees; Richard Ellis, custodian; Amber Holiday, administrative assistant for the Ashe Campus; Jamie Anderson, Biology instructor; Erin Smith, director of Resource Connections; Cynthia Wagoner, Health Occupations instructor; Joven Greene, campus police officer; Mark Daye, Welding instructor for the Alleghany Center; Stephanie Darnell; Academic Support Center coordinator/SAGE Success Coach for the Ashe Campus; Gary Harmon, EMS instructor; Tammy Hayes, Bookstore technician for Absher Bookstore; Jody Call, executive director of strategy; Wanda Beck, director of the Alleghany Center; Lexey Williams, administrative assistant for Workforce Development and Community Education; and Andrea Smith, Health Sciences admissions advisor.

Employees assuming new roles at WCC include Michael Winger, vice president of information and operations; Deborah Furr, resources connections coordinator; and Zach Barricklow, vice president of rural innovation and organizational change.

Resignations received include Tara Stollenmaier, community resource development specialist and Ellen Elledge, bookstore technician.

The WCC Board of Trustees will meet again on December 9, 2021, at the John A. Walker Center Lakey Ballroom.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.

Peyton Paisley, Student Government Association (SGA) president and Cynthia Alford, WCC board of trustee liaison. Ms. Alford delivered the Oath of Office to Peyton Paisley, newly appointed SGA president.