March 2018 | WKCTC

March 2018

West Kentucky Community & Technical College 
Board of Directors 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Anderson Technical Building, Bistro
2 p.m.


The meeting was called to order at 2 p.m. by Chair Jones beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those present were Heather Coltharp, Deborah Edmonds, Summer Holland, Jason Jones, Larry Kelley, Dr. Shirley Menendez, and Emily Strasser.  Others who attended were:  Dr. Renea Akin, Mellisa Duncan, Lee Emmons, Susan Graves, Dr. David Heflin, Shay Nolan, Kevin O’Neill, Dr. Anton Reece, Tammy Thompson and Barbara Maxey, recorder.  


Mrs. Edmonds moved and Mr. Kelley seconded to approve the November 16, 2017 minutes.  Motion passed.


Academic Restructuring

Dr. David Heflin discussed the restructuring of Academic Affairs.  Seven divisions have been reduced to five.  Paducah School of Art and Design faculty now report to the Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts & Social Sciences.  As the Dean of Business, IT and Computer Related Technologies is retiring, the position will not be replaced.  The faculty members are being reassigned to other divisions.  These changes will be official as of July 1, 2018.  


Dr. Akin reported on the Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) report.  The total Annual Impact of WKCTC to the area is figured at $141.3 million.  The average associate graduate earns $8,900 more than a high school graduate at their career midpoint.  

Challenger Update

Mellisa Duncan discussed the following:

  • The recent robotics competition was recently held with thirty-two teams participating.
  • Trivia Night raised $7200 which was the best total to date.  242 people attended.
  • On March 29, an Adult Only Public Mission will be hosted from 6-8 p.m.
  • Challenger Center already has signed up over 100 for summer camps.

Arts in Focus

Lee Emmons reported Brian Heller resigned as of February 9, 2018 and has moved to Wisconsin.  Todd Birdsong is serving as Acting Director.  One more show, Moscow Festival Ballet:  The Sleeping Beauty will be presented on Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Development Update

Lee Emmons discussed the following:

  • PJC Foundation is focusing on larger grants though will still apply for small grants.
  • CFSP will sponsor the first Regional Educators Awards and Scholarship Program on March 15, 2018. 

Dr. Reece thanked the Leadership Team for the Christmas gift which is the Regional Educators Scholarship’s first funding.

Vacant Board Member Update

Filled applications for board vacancies have been filed with the governor’s office.  As three board members have terms which will expire on April 3, 2018, these were encouraged to submit the paperwork to the WKCTC President’s office.


Dr. Reece reported the budget process will be difficult this year.  The 2018-2019 budget will be submitted at the May 8, 2018 meeting for approval.  Student Affairs will be restructured.  The new Vice President of Student Services, Emily Peck, will begin on March 16, 2018.

Barbara Maxey Retirement

Barbara Maxey, Executive Administrative Assistant, will retire as of May 1, 2018.  The board thanked her for her service.


Chair Jones thanked Dr. Reece and Lee Emmons for the presentation at the Paducah Chamber Power in Partnership Breakfast on March 1.  The economic data presented showed the benefit WKCTC has to the area.


There was no old business.


Dr. Reece discussed the proposed bylaws which will be submitted for approval at the May 8, 2018 meeting.  The main changes include the addition of Code of Ethics.  If members have any suggestions, these should be submitted to the President’s office in a timely manner.  

The board agreed on a summer retreat to be held on July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tammy Thompson discussed the Communication Protocol which commands that in the case of an incident concerning WKCTC, board members will not make comments to the press without first discussing with Dr. Reece.


The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.