NCMC Trustees busy at latest meeting

North Central Missouri College reports seven semi finalists are considered for the next college president. There had been ten candidates last month narrowed from an original list of 40 applications.

Three of the ten though have since withdrawn. After interviews were completed last week, the college presidential search committee discussed and scored the semi finalists. Those seven were to have been evaluated last evening by the NCMC board of trustees during a personnel executive session.

Once a candidate advances to finalist, and he or she verifies continued interest in the NCMC presidency, their names will be made public by the college. Each is to be invited back to Trenton for a series of campus and community tours, meetings, forums, and the formal interview with the board of trustees. The time frame indicates this step should be completed by mid March. An employment offer is projected to be made no later than the March 22nd board of trustees meeting. College President for the past 11 years, Doctor Neil Nuttall, retires in May.

Trustees, in public session, hired Melissa Sims of Trenton for the classified staff position of accounting assistant. Approval was given to increase the wage by 55 cents an hour for Whitney Bingham who has additional supervisory duties as student accounts coordinator.

It was decided the faculty position vacated by the retirement of Melody Shipley be re-opened as an English position due to high demand in that area. Hired as part time instructors were Nathaniel Smith of Princeton for English and literature online and Bill Ehrich of Laclede for American History at an outreach class in Brookfield.

North Central Missouri College Trustees have revised the nursing program tuition beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. It’s being done to allow North Centrals’ nursing programs to be much more competitive with other community colleges. It was noted changes were needed to enable consumers to more accurately compare credit hours and the fee structure. It was explained competitors are separating credit hour tuition from the fees while NCMC nursing charges included fees with the tuition.

North Central’s current fee of 235 dollars is at the high end when making comparisons which may be contributing to low numbers within the nursing programs.

The recommendation made by Director Nursing and Health Sciences, Brooke McAtee, is for an overall tuition decrease down to 149 dollars per credit hour for on-campus nursing. Tuition drops to 174 dollars a credit hour for on-line nursing.

One thousand dollars each per student, per semester, is to be allocated as a lab fee and as a nursing fee. The NCMC student fee remains at 30 dollars per semester.

Trustees approved a board policy manual change involving non-discrimination.

Policies and procedures are the subject of a review Thursday by state officials.

Twenty five thousand dollars is to be paid to the Northwest Business Facilitation Group which has begun member training of its counterpart in six north central Missouri counties. The college will be reimbursed by a Department of Economic Development workforce grant.

Trustees approved Head Start by-laws and child selection criteria; while being told the Early Head Start selection criteria will come later.