Dr. Randy Smith, vice present for academic affairs, requested the addition of a new course, LPN to RN Transition, NURS 1123, and the addition of a religion emphasis under the Associate in Arts degree program. The board voted to accept both requests.
Tricia Latham, controller at Western, introduced Craig Legener who is employed by the auditing firm of Stanfield & O'Dell. Legener, presented Western's annual external audit, which was a very good report with no exceptions or recommendations. The audit was accepted by Western's Board.
Rebekkah Morrow, Instructional Faculty Association president, gave a short presentation to the board, followed by John Phelan, psychology instructor, who presented information about his recently published multimedia lecture outlines for the eighth edition of the textbook “Introduction to Psychology” by Rod Plotnick.
Lisa Greenlee, dean of arts and sciences, gave an update on the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association self-study process.
Bruce Wiese, vice president for business affairs, made presentations on the expenditure comparison report and the internal audit report.
Wiese also updated the board on the passage of Oklahoma House Bill 2103, regarding textbook policies. The new Oklahoma statute requires that each board have a policy in place by November 1 regarding the adoption, purchase, and selling of textbooks or instructional material in a manner to maximize instructional effectiveness and minimize student cost. Western's Board voted to adopt a policy in compliance with the new law.
The Board voted to accept President Randy Cumby's request to reschedule the December board meeting to November 27. The Board also accepted the proposed schedule of meetings for 2008. Those dates will be Feb.19, April 8, June 10, Aug. 19, Oct. 14, and Dec. 16.
In personnel matters, the Board accepted the resignation of Cheryl Layfield, nursing instructor in Elk City. The Board voted to employ Briar Ringgold as administrative secretary to the president.