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Sunday, May 20, 2018

ACC Regents Take Oath of Office

ACC Regents Take Oath of Office

Three Alvin Community College regents took the oath of office during a board meeting on June 15.

Justice of the Peace Mike Merkel swore in regents Kam Marvel  for Position 1, ‘Bel Sanchez for Position 2 and Dr. Jim Crumm for Position 3. They will each serve a six-year term.

Sanchez received 1,881 votes or 61 percent against challenger Lloyd Cox, who received 1,216 votes or 39 percent. Sanchez has served on the board since 2008.

Marvel and Crumm were unopposed. Previous Position 1 regent Bart DeWitt and Position 3 regent Doyle Swindell did not seek reelection and left the board after 46 and 46 years of service respectively.

The board voted unanimously to keep regent Mike Pyburn as chairman, selected Sanchez as vice chair and regent Jody Droege as the secretary.

In other action, regents approved the creation of a new Health Information Technology Program. The program was created to help fill a huge demand for employees to manage electronic health records. Positions in the Houston region are projected to grow 4,147, or 13 percent, by 2021.

The college will begin offering an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management and a certificate program in Medical Coding in Fall 2019. College staff members will now create a program proposal to submit to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval.

President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht delivered her annual State of the College presentation to the board. Dr. Albrecht discussed the events of the past year along with the challenges currently faced at ACC including: the college posted its highest enrollment ever this fall; students and staff members are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, aging infrastructure issues, progress on the five-year Strategic Plan, new campus locations and more.

Regents also:

-heard data report on student retention, persistence and enrollment

-hired a new Math tutor

-approved annual contracts for administrative, professional and faculty members

-approved services for a Process Technology specialist

-approved changes to local board policy

-approved two grant proposals for job training programs

-approved resale trust properties

-approved monthly financial reports

-denied request to rescind a staff member’s resignation

The board will have its next meeting on June 28 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center.

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