Archived Board Meeting Highlights

December 20, 2022

Remembering Chair John Burness 
The Board shared reflections of Chair Burness and his numerous contributions to the College and the larger Durham community. Chair Burness passed away on December 19. 
 
Application to Offer Elementary Education Licensure Residency Certificate – Approved  
The Board approved the request to move the application forward to the State Board of Community Colleges for review. The Elementary Education Residency Certificate will provide a simplified, affordable, accelerated pathway to elementary education licensure for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field and who are currently employed in any of the local schools within the Durham Tech service area. 
 
2023-24 Student Fee Schedule – Approved   
The approved schedule will be shared by the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Andy Kleitsch, and posted to the Curriculum Support and Development shared folder (W:\Employees). 
 
Revised Presidential Authority During Emergencies and Adverse Conditions Policy – Approved   
The policy was revised to change the timeframe for the President to notify the Board of actions taken from five (5) days to three (3) days. 
 
Finance Report – Approved  
The College’s budget update, as of November 30, 2022, was presented and approved. Documents to be submitted for approval to begin construction/renovation projects were approved for the following projects: 1) Renovation at the Orange County Campus, 2) new Life Sciences building on Main Campus, and 3) new Health Sciences building on Main Campus. 
 
Continuing Education Class Visitation Report (Summer 2022) – Approved 
In accordance with the College’s Continuing Education Accountability and Integrity Plan, class visitations are conducted each term and documented in the Class Visitation Report. The purpose is to ensure that the College’s biennial records review, conducted by the North Carolina Community College System, is found to be in full compliance. 

October 18, 2022

Welcome Trustee Janet Hadar 
Appointed by the Orange Board of County Commissioners, Ms. Hadar fills the seat vacated by Mr. Lee Storrow. Ms. Hadar is the president of the UNC Health Triangle West Hospitals, which includes the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough Hospital, WakeBrook Hospital, Chatham Hospital and 70 ambulatory care locations. 

2022-23 Budget Resolution – Approved  
The Budget, Finance, and Infrastructure Committee presented the College’s budget as of August 31, 2022.

Revised Presidential Authority During Emergencies and Adverse Conditions Policy – Approved
The policy was revised to change the President’s designee from the Chief of Staff to the liaison to the Board of Trustees.

Bereavement Leave Policy (Revised Funeral Leave Policy) – Approved
The revision changes the name of the policy and broadens the definition of funeral leave, simplifies eligibility, and makes the policy more compassionate and more comprehensive with regard to who and what is covered.

AAS in Biotechnology Program Application – Approved
The Board approved the request to move the application forward to the State Board of Community Colleges for review. The purpose of the AAS in Biotechnology program is to train students for a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries in North Carolina which have extensive labor needs.

2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Academic Calendar Revisions – Approved
The 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 calendars were updated to reflect changes resulting from the recent revision of the Employee Holidays policy.

August 30, 2022

  1. 2022-23 Board of Trustees Slate of Officers and Committee Chair Appointments – Approved 
    Board of Trustees Officers: John Burness (Chair), Dr. Tara Fikes (Vice Chair), President JB Buxton (Secretary)
    Committee Chairs: Dr. Patricia Ashley (Student Success), Geoff Durham (Workforce and Economic Development), Dr. Tara Fikes (Policies and Procedures), Gracie Johnson-Lopez (Organizational Development and Leadership), Walter Newton (Budget, Finance, and Infrastructure)
     
  2. 2022-23 Budget Resolution - Approved 
    The Budget, Finance, and Infrastructure Committee presented the College’s budget as of July 31, 2022.  The report presented the beginning budget as follows: 1) State Funds $33,100,220, 2) County Funds $8,508,170, 3) Institutional Funds $12,373,354, and 4) Capital Improvement Funds $1,600,000.
     
  3. The Durham Technical Community College Salary Plan (Faculty and Staff)– Approved
    Faculty Salary Plan - The objective is to have the salary of each full-time faculty member, depending on their years of service and academic degree, at or above the respective level. The scale was developed based on a faculty member’s salary after thirty years being at least fifty percent higher than the State mandated beginning minimum salary for that degree.

    Staff Salary Plan – The objective is to determine the relative value of one job to another within Durham Technical Community College (internal equity) as well as establish external “market” equity with other comparable jobs in the recruiting area outside the College. The Plan includes levels and ranges for all established staff positions and a method for computation of actual salary.
     
  4. Continuing Education Class Visitation Report (Spring 2022) – Approved
    In accordance with the College’s Continuing Education Accountability and Integrity Plan, the Chief Academic Officer conducts class visitations each term and documents the visitations in the Class Visitation Report.  The purpose is to ensure that the College’s biennial records review, conducted by the North Carolina Community College System, is found to be in full compliance.
     
  5. Employee Holiday Policy (Revisions) – Approved
    The College’s Employee Holiday schedule now aligns with the schedule determined by the Office of State Human Resources; and, establishes Personal Observance Leave (Executive Order No. 262) for eligible employees (Eligible employees are permanent full-time employees). The Personal Observance Leave allows eligible employees up to eight hours of fully paid leave on a single day of personal significance each calendar year.  The day of personal significance may include but is not limited to days of cultural or religious importance.
     

June 21, 2022

  1. Budget, Finance, and Infrastructure Committee 
    • 2021 Fiscal Year Audit - The College received a clean report from the Office of the State Auditor. 
    • 2022-23 Budget Resolution (Budget Actuals through May 2022) – Approved
    • Durham and Orange Counties 2022-23 Budget Requests – For details regarding these requests, see the College’s news updates. Approved
    • HVAC/Welding Building - 1551 Cooper Street – The College is planning to construct an 8,000-square-foot building to relocate the HVAC and Welding programs from Building 20 (Bacon Street) to 1551 Cooper Street (adjacent to Building 11 – Ingram and across from Building 4 – Newton), increasing instructional and lab spaces to serve more students and centralize skilled trades programs.  Approved
    • Student Fee Report – Student fees are approved by the Board of Trustees, annually; however, some fees may require adjustments or new fees need to be added to the schedule based on new courses being offered.  The College reports changes to the Student Fee Schedule to the Board of Trustees. Fee changes that exceed $300 require additional approval.  Approved
       
  2. Organizational Development and Leadership Committee 
  3. Policies and Procedures Committee
    • Curriculum Development and Assessment Policy – The policy was developed in support of the College’s efforts to align curriculum development, management, and assessment, with consideration of both credit and continuing education programs.  Approved
    • Board of Trustees Revised Bylaws – After adopting the College’s Strategic Plan, the Board revised its committee structure to better align with the Plan’s priorities and goals. Once the committees were revised, these and additional revisions to the bylaws were recommended.  Approved   
       

April 5, 2022

  1. 2022-2023 Durham and Orange County Budget Requests - Approved
    • Capital Improvement - The College is requesting funds to increase and enhance student spaces, life sciences, allied health, and skill trades training and program opportunities, renovations to current buildings located on Main and Orange County Campuses, and to support land acquisitions (areas surrounding the main campus).
       
  2. Durham Tech’s Budget as of February, 2022 – Approved
    • The College presented its revenues and expenses incumbered as of February 2022.
       
  3. Facility Naming Nomination – Approved
    • A commitment of $150,000 from Newton Instrument Company as part of the Forge Great Futures campaign enabled the College to outfit the new makerspace located in the newly renovated George W. Newton Industrial and Engineering Technologies Center (Building 4 – Main Campus) with tools and technology. In accordance with the wishes of the Newton Instrument Company, the makerspace will be named the Newton Makerspace.
       

February 22, 2022

  1. 2021-2022 Budget Resolution - Approved 2026-2027 Academic Calendar - Approved
    • The State approved its budget late into this fiscal year. The State Board of Community Colleges met and approved its budget, including the allocations to all 58 community colleges. Durham Tech has received its allocation.
       
  2. Durham Tech’s Budget as of January 31, 2022 – Approved
    • The College presented its revenues and expenses incumbered as of January 2022.
       
  3. 2022-2023 Student and Course Fees Schedule – Approved
    • The approved scheduled will be shared by the Chief Financial Officer, Andy Kleitsch, and posted to the Curriculum Support and Development shared folder (W:\Employee).
       

November 16, 2021

  1. 2026-2027 Academic Calendar - Approved
    • To prepare for future curricular academic planning the College’s Calendar and Scheduling Committee establishes and proposes academic calendars. The Committee recommended the 2026-2027 Academic Calendar to President Buxton with the request for it to be considered for approval by the Board of Trustees (in accordance with State Board Community College Code 1C SBCCC 200.94 (a) (1, 2). The Board of Trustees approved the 2026-2027 Academic Calendar as presented on its consent agenda.
       
  2. Phase I Program Assessment Recommendations (Program Closures) – Approved
    • The program assessment process implements one of the strategies under the Pathways to Living Wages and Economic Mobility priority in the College’s 2021-26 Strategic Plan. Specifically, the strategy calls for the College to “assess, retire, or reinvent current programs based on regional economic demands and maximizing return on investment for students.”
       
    • The process includes assessment of each of the College’s programs of study based on five components: [1] program enrollment, [2] completion/graduate count, [3] time to completion, [4] expected wage, and [5] labor market demand. The objective is to evaluate the health of our programs, including their alignment with our priority to provide pathways to living wages and economic mobility for our students.
       
    • The Board of Trustees authorized the College to move forward with plans to retire the programs identified within Phase I that did not meet the threshold for each of the five assessment components, including teach-out and other steps to ensure students enrolled in the programs are able to finish their degrees.
       
  3. Department of Veteran’s Affairs – Approval Granted
    • On November 2, 2021, Durham Tech received notification from The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledging receipt of its request for approval provided through the NC State Approving Agency and that it has been reviewed, accepted and completed.
       
    • The approval date is effective May 24, 2021. 
       
    • The College’s Veteran’s Services assists students who are eligible to receive Veterans education benefits, including Veterans, active-duty personnel, and members of selected reserves and the National Guard.
       

June 22, 2021

  1. Strategic Planning - Plan Approval
    The proposed goals, priorities, and strategies identified within the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan – Pathways to Excellence, Success, and a Thriving Economy received unanimous approval by all members of the Board of Trustees. 
     
  2. Budget Resolution 2020-2021
    The College’s budget update, as of June, 2021 was presented and approved.
     
  3. Bonus Leave Payout Resolution Executive Committee - Approved June 8)
    The North Carolina General Assembly authorized bonus leave (40 hours) to community college employees in lieu of providing salary increases (2008-2016). This benefit had a cash value attached with the stipulation that the employee could not receive a payout for this leave until their employment ended (voluntary or by retirement). The North Carolina General Assembly removed the stipulation (2017-2019) allowing community colleges to pay out the bonus leave while the employee is still employed. This resolution requested permission for Durham Tech to pay out this benefit, to employees who request it, during this fiscal year (2020-21). Those eligible to request a payout have received an email (with the form attached) from the business office.
    Note: This payout option is not available for the “Special Annual Bonus Leave 2018” benefit.
     
  4. Policy Approval
    • Institutional Review Board (IRB) – Executive Committee approved on June 8.
    • Presidential Authority During Emergencies and Adverse Conditions – Revised policy language to replace “Executive Vice President” with “Chief of Staff to the President.”
       
  5. Student Trustee Recognition
    Charmaine Grafton received praise and recognition for her service during this unprecedented year. Ms. Grafton introduced and the Board welcomed the incoming Student Government President and Student Trustee, Christine Link
     
  6. Other Actions Taken
    Approval – 2021-2022 Board of Trustees Calendar
    Approval – Employee Vacancy Report (as of June 2021)
    Approval – Spring 2021 Continuing Education Class Visitation Report (Continuing Education Accountability and Integrity Plan)

April 13, 2021

  1. Strategic Planning
    Dr. Audrey Jaeger, Executive Director, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, shared a summary of the recommendations coming out of the external assessment completed by The Aspen Institute, Achieving the Dream, and The Belk Center for Community Collee Leadership and Research (via video).  Trustees received the full report in March. Following the video, Trustees engaged in conversation with the Collaborative team including Dr. Karen Stout and Carol Lincoln (Achieving the Dream), Dr. Robert Templin (The Aspen Institute), and Dr. Audrey Jaeger (NC State Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research) regarding their questions, reflections, and specific recommendations for the Board to consider as the governing body of the College. The Trustees received an update on the College’s activities since receipt of the report (e.g., strategic planning team, townhall sessions, etc.).  Chair Burness provided charges to the Board’s committees in support of planning efforts and requested a meeting (late May) to review the draft plan, for discussion, prior to adopting it during the June 22, 2021 meeting. 
     
  2. Budget Resolution 2020-2021
    The College’s budget update, as of February, 2021 was presented and approved.
     
  3. Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Policy (Approved)
    The Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding between Durham Technical Community College and the Department of Defense Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness articulates the commitment and agreement the College provides to the Department of Defense by accepting funds via each Military Service’s Tuition Assistance program in exchange for education services. To ensure compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding, Durham Technical Community College adheres to Department of Defense Voluntary Education program guidelines related to recruiting, marketing, and advertising; financial matters; accreditation and credentialing; and academic counseling and post-graduation employment opportunities.
     
  4. Other Actions Taken
    Approval – Employee Vacancy Report (as of February 2021)
    Approval – Fall 2020 Continuing Education Class Visitation Report (Continuing Education Accountability and Integrity Plan)
     

January 19, 2021

Welcome Trustee Brenda Howerton

Ms. Ellen Reckhow resigned her duties as Trustee once her term as Durham County Commissioner ended in December 2020. Commissioner Brenda Howerton (Chairperson, Durham County Commissioners) was selected to serve for the remainder of her term (through June 2021).

Budget Resolution 2020-2021

The College’s budget update, as of December 2020, was presented and approved.

Capital Improvement Project – Orange County Campus

The Board approved the construction of a 50,000 square foot two-story building on the Orange County Campus. The building will provide additional instructional space, labs, and student support functions. Orange County Commissioners approved funding to support this project during their October 2020 meeting. Trustee Mark Dorosin (Orange County Commissioner) was instrumental in securing support for this project.

Resolution Authorizing Donation, Sell, or Disposal of Surplus Equipment

The Board of Trustees authorized the President, or his designee, to “declare as surplus any equipment valued at or less than $5,000.00 that is of no significant use to the college, and to dispose of the surplus equipment through either public or private sale… during the current fiscal year and two succeeding fiscal years (July 2020 through June 2023);” and, has expanded this authorization to include “..the authority to donate such equipment that has been offered for public sale, but which remains unsold, to non-profit organizations, as permitted by statute (NC G.S. 160A-280).”

Academic Calendar Revisions 2021-2025 (website updates in progress)

The Board of Trustees approved transitioning 12-month employees from 2,080 hours to 2,040 annual service hours in support of employees not having to use annual leave when the College is closed (November 2020). As a result of this action, the previously approved academic calendars (2021-22 and 2022-23) needed revision, and the next two year's academic calendars (2023-24 and 2024-25) have been designed to reflect this change.

The College’s Calendar Committee modified the proposed calendars to place "college closed" dates (for those years when we must consider placement due to compression of the winter break) between the spring and summer terms (rather than mid-term inclement weather days) and made the necessary adjustments to ensure that 9-month employees have a total of 193 days (1,544 hours including 158 days of instruction, 9 holidays, and 1 floating holiday) and 12-month employees have a total of 255 days (2,040 hours including 243 workdays, 11 holidays, and 1 floating holiday).

Archived Meeting Highlights

November 17, 2020

2021-22 Student and Course Fees Schedule Approved

Each year the Board of Trustees reviews all fees that are applied to the cost of attending Durham Technical Community College. This is done to ensure that the College maintains it commitment to keeping access to higher education affordable. Fees included for review range from student insurance to costs associated with certifications needed to enter the labor market upon successful completion of a course or program.

An additional consideration for the 2021-2022 schedule of fees includes the cost of access to electronic materials added to the individual course section fee. The College requested permission to modify the course fee in no more than 20 courses in the 2021-22 academic year if we decide to pilot a program provided by our bookstore vendor, Follett. This pilot has the potential to improve student access to course materials and create a more affordable textbook option. Course completion rates and student satisfaction will be assessed prior to continuing the program in future years.

October 6, 2020

2020-21 Budget Resolution was Approved

In recognition of the significant employee and student needs related to instructional technology, we are allocating growth funding to support 1) new positions in instructional technology support and Office 365 technical support; 2) replacement PCs; 3) digital upgrades in select classrooms; and 4) networking/server refresh. We are also making investments in needed equipment updates across our meta-majors. We are allocating growth funding to support a contract for equity, inclusion and instructional design work. We are allocating growth funding to support a full-time Public Health position and invest in texting and on-line chat support functions to better support students. We are reallocating funding to support part-time career counselors and academic advisors to assist with our Back-to-Work efforts, as well as in targeted marketing efforts.

 

The Board approved the 2018-19 Budget Resolution

The approval confirms the College’s operational budget for the current academic year.

The Board approved the Sound Fiscal and Management Practices Policy

The College adopted the Sound Fiscal and Management Practices policy to comply with 1A SBCCC 200.4.

The Board approved the Culinary Arts Program Application

The College will submit the Curriculum Program Application, requesting approval to offer the AAS degree in Culinary Arts (A55150) beginning Fall 2019. The curriculum will provide specific training required to prepare students for careers in the culinary arts and in foodservice settings including full-service restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, contract foodservice, and healthcare facilities.


October 2, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved the 2018CE Class Visitation Report

Board review and approval of this report is required as part of the College’s Accountability and Credibility Plan.

Durham Tech ConnectFunds Rebranded - Durham Tech Promise

After assessing the effectiveness of the ConnectFunds program, we’ve used the lessons-learned to improve communication about and access to this resource. The attached presentation (created and presented by Tom Jaynes) provides details regarding the changes.

The Board approved the Records Retention and Disposition policy

The Records Retention and Disposition policy is a revision of our Records Retention and Disposition Schedule procedure. The policy is in response to a mandate from the North Carolina Community College System; therefore, it did not go through the standard policy review and approval process. It was presented to the Board of Trustees for review and approval and will be added to the online policy and procedure manual.


December 4, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

Welcome Geoff Durham!

Mr. Durham, President and CEO, The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, was sworn in as the newest member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

The Board approved the 2018-19 Budget Amendments

The approval confirms the College’s continued operational budget.

The Board approved moving forward with securing space at the American Tobacco Campus

The College plans to offer Culinary instruction at this location.

The Board approved the Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities policies

These policies will be published to the online policies and procedures manual soon. The Employee Disability Accommodations Request form will be published as an appendix to the policy and will be saved to the Employees shared folder (W:\Employees\Human Resources\Forms for Current Employees) as a fillable PDF. Per Board of Trustees recommendation, the student forms will be appended to the student policy prior to the policy’s publication. The forms will also continue to be available via the Disability Services section of the website. Please stay tuned for College-wide training on these policies. If you have any questions about either of the policies, please contact the appropriate custodian.

The Board approved the Fall 2018CE Class Visitation Report

Board review and approval of this report is required as part of the College’s Accountability and Credibility Plan.


February 12, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board Approved:

Acceptance of the 2019 State Compliance Review – Final Report Durham County’s Request for Permanent Access to Easement for Water Drainage – in support of College-related construction projects

April 9, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

Information Shared:

Meta Majors and Guided Career Pathways Update - Trustees were provided with an update on the guided pathways work and introduced to the seven meta majors. Dr. Ingram acknowledged the following students and their achievements:
  • Irina Conc (USA All-Academic Team and New Century Pathway Scholarship recipient given by Coca-Cola Foundation and USA Today)
  • Mary Grace (Dallas Herring Award nominee)
  • Chris McDuff (Robert W. Scott Leadership Award nominee)
  • Joseph Turner (Academic Excellence Award recipient)
  • Jailyn Gales (Daryl Mitchell Award, NC4SGA- Central Region)
2008 - Current SACSCOC Substantive Changes American Tobacco Property Lease – Expected occupancy, June 2019 Construction Updates – Applied Technologies Building Groundbreaking, October 2019

The Board approved the 2019-2020 College Staffing Chart

The Board of Trustees approved the revised Staffing Chart, which will be effective and published to the website on July 1.
 

The Board approved the 2015 FY Debt Write Off

Per the North Carolina Community Colleges Accounting Procedures Manual and Reference Guide (Writing Off Uncollectible Accounts and College Loans), uncollectible accounts may be written off of a college’s financial accounting records and no longer recognized as collectible receivables for financial reporting purposes, but the legal obligation to pay the debts still remains.

June 18, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved the 2019 Spring Class Visitation Report

Board review and approval of this report is required as part of the College’s Accountability and Credibility Plan.

The Board is considering revisions to its bylaws.

Article V. Section 8 Public Comment – The Policies and Personnel Committee recommends revisions to further clarify the intent of the Public Comment period by providing specific guidelines for presenting information. Article VI. Section 4 Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement – To comply with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation (the College’s accreditation body) the Policies and Personnel Committee recommends adding a statement of attestation regarding the Board’s role in protecting the College from undue influence by external persons or bodies.
 

The Board recommended changes to the start time for regular meetings.

Committees will meet for 45 minutes each session. Because of this change, regular Board meetings will begin at 1 p.m. instead of 12 p.m. on the scheduled dates.

August 27, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved its 2019-2020 Corporate Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary).

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees consists of: Mr. John Burness, Chair; Dr. Tara Fikes, Vice Chair and serves as the Chair for the Policies and Personnel Committee; Dr. Patricia Ashley, Chair, Student Success Committee; Mr. Barker French, Chair, Budget and Finance Committee; and, Mr. Chuck Wilson, Chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee. Dr. Bill Ingram serves as the Board Secretary and is an ex officio non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Ingram announced his plans to retire in 2020.

After 30+ years of service to Durham Tech and its broader communities, Dr. Ingram announced his plans to retire June 30. View the news article.
 

The Board approved revisions to its bylaws.

Article V. Section 8: Public Comment. Clarified language to reflect the intention of the opportunity. Public Comment opportunities are available during regular board meetings, only. Additionally, once an individual presents a comment to the Board, he/she may not bring the same comment before the Board at a subsequent meeting. Article VI. Section 4: Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement. The Policies and Personnel Committee added a statement of attestation regarding the Board’s role in protecting the College from undue influence by external persons or bodies.

The Board approved the request to offer the Orthopaedic Technology Program (fall 2020 implementation).

The program will be offered in partnership with the UNC Health Care Department of Orthopaedics. The College will initially offer the diploma and certificate credentials, allowing students to meet the current certification requirements and attain employment sooner.
 

October 8, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved a Facility Naming Nomination

The Trustees approved the request to name one of two teaching kitchens (located on the American Tobacco Campus) the NC Subway Group Teaching Kitchen. The NC Subway Group, Inc. has become a partner to our Hospitality Program; serving in an advisory capacity and supporting start-up program costs for the recently implemented Culinary Arts Program.

Presidential Search

In support of their efforts to recruit the College’s fifth president, a request for proposal (RFP) was posted in November to identify the appropriate consulting firm to support the College during this process. Nine (9) firms submitted proposals for consideration. The Policies and Personnel Committee reviewed and evaluated each proposal, discussed their results, and provided a recommendation to the full board. More information about the search firm will be shared once the College completes its due diligence.
 

December 3, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board approved the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Academic Calendars

2020-2021 Academic Calendar 2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Executive Assistant, Office of the President

Toni Brown, who currently serves as the Administrative Assistant, Creative and Liberal Arts, will begin her new role on Monday, February 24. Special thanks to Barbara Rankow for serving in this role, on a temporary basis, since November.
 

The Board approved the 2020-2021 Student Fees.

Student fees include but are not limited to: computer and technology fees; student activity fees; College Access, Parking, and Security Fees; specific course fees; miscellaneous fees (e.g., Library fines, transcript fees, etc.); and College and Career Readiness, High School Equivalency fees. Fees apply to both credit and non-credit students as appropriate.

The Board approved the request to offer the Public Safety Administration Program (AAS)

The program focuses on preparing emergency responders to be leaders and supervisors in public safety agencies to effectively understand, collaborate, and manage workers in the all hazards approach to emergency response. Managers and supervisors who have attained a higher-level of formal training that provides a broad-based preparation to successfully lead interagency teams to plan, prepare for and respond to the needs of our communities. The target audience for this program includes current law enforcement officers, current firefighters, current emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and current emergency managers.

February 11, 2020

The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Operating Budget and the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Capital Improvements Budget (DCC 2-1)

Durham Tech received a clean financial audit report for the fiscal year ending 2019.

Kudos to Andy Kleitsch, Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services and his team for their great work in ensuring the proper stewardship and accurate accounting of the College’s financial resources, and special thanks to Matt Williams for his efforts prior to his retirement last fall.

The Board approved the Resolution to Support the myFutureNC Attainment Goal

myFutureNC is a statewide non-profit organization focused on educational attainment and is the result of cross-sector collaboration between North Carolina leaders in education, business, and government. Through these partnerships, North Carolina will actively pursue the goal that two million North Carolinians will attain a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree by 2030.
 

April 14, 2020

The Board approved revisions to the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Operating Budget and the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Capital Improvements Budget.

The Board approved the Foundation’s facility naming nomination, establishing the CT Wilson Construction Carpentry Lab.

Mr. Wilson, CEO of CT Wilson Construction, has served Durham Technical Community College for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Durham Tech Foundation Board of Directors. He has provided valuable input through the Building and Grounds committee as the College has undertaken capital projects. Through his family’s personal philanthropy and the support of CT Wilson Construction, he has made 40 gifts over 20 years totaling more than $100,000. As part of that philanthropic support, he provided a leadership gift to the Forge Great Futures campaign, endowing a scholarship. He also provided $55,000 in funds to build an outdoor learning space for carpentry students and provided startup funds for the Forge Great Futures campaign. These gifts will enable the College to provide transformative opportunities to students. (Excerpt shared from the nomination form.) The CT Wilson Construction Carpentry Lab will be located on the main campus in the George W. Newton Industrial and Engineering Technologies Center.

The Board approved the Operating Agreement between Durham Technical Community College and the Durham Technical Community College Foundation, Inc.

The Board approved expansion of the College’s degree offerings to include the Teacher Preparation Associate Degree (AA and AS)

The newly created Associate in Arts in Teacher Education (A1010T) and Associate in Science in Teacher Education (A1040T) degrees are designed to address critical current and future needs for the residents of our service area and the State of North Carolina - a teacher shortage and the continuing lack of diversity within this group of committed professionals
 

The 2020-21 Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar was approved.

The Board approved the College’s facility naming nomination (Applied Technology Building), establishing the William G. Ingram Center for Applied Learning and Technology.

The Board of Trustees wishes to recognize Dr. Ingram’s over thirty-five years of service to Durham Technical Community College, including and especially, his twelve-year tenure as the College’s fourth President. Under Dr. Ingram’s presidential leadership (2008-20), the College has grown to include new campus locations, additional buildings on Main Campus, and new programs

June 16, 2020

The Board approved the acquisition of the Crocodile Creek Property (1648 Lawson Street)

The Board approved revisions to the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Operating Budget and the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Capital Improvements Budget.

The Board approved revisions to the Transfer Credit Award Policy

To comply with the SACSCOC Transfer of Academic Credit Policy, the College revised its policy statement to reflect the following: Durham Technical Community College evaluates transfer credit for equivalent courses with the grade of "C" or better from member institutions of the North Carolina Community College System and other post-secondary institutions. To complement this change, the policy’s procedure includes the following language: In accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ (SACSCOC) Transfer of Academic Credit Position Statement, Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech) considers institutions’ regional accreditation as an indicator of acceptability of credit but does not rely solely on that criterion.

Appreciation for Leadership During Presidential Transition

The Board took a moment to say “thank you” to Mr. Tom Jaynes and the College’s leadership for the continuity of management and care during the transition period; recognizing the unique complications brought on by COVID-19.
 

The Board approved the Durham Tech Equity Statement

As shared during the August 10th Convocation and in the President’s email to faculty and staff (August 18), leading with equity is one of the College’s top priorities. Accordingly, the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion led the effort to develop a Statement of Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity at Durham Tech. The statement was approved during last evening’s business meeting. Next Steps – Faculty, staff, students, and Trustees will engage on next steps and priorities for making real and durable the commitments outlined in the document.

The Board approved the 2020-2021 Executive Officers

Chairperson – Mr. John Burness Vice Chairperson – Dr. Tara Fikes Secretary – President J.B. Buxton

August 18, 2020

Welcomed New and Reappointed Trustees to the Board

Mr. Lee Storrow and Mr. Chuck Wilson were reappointed to serve four-year terms by the Orange County Board of Commissioners and Durham Public Schools Board of Education, respectively. Ms. Charmaine Grafton, SGA President, and Mr. Walter Newton, appointed by the Governor, replaced Mr. Justin Hall and Mr. Todd Addison, respectively.

Continuing Education Class Visitation Report Summer 2020 was Approved

In accordance with the College’s Continuing Education Accountability and Integrity Plan, the Trustees are to review each semester’s visitation report.
 

The Facility Naming Policy was Approved

The Durham Tech Foundation’s Facility Naming policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees on February 6, 2018. The revised policy incorporated honorific and gift-related nomination and agreement forms.