07/27/05 — Veda McNair named to college board; two re-appointed

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Veda McNair named to college board; two re-appointed

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on July 27, 2005 1:49 PM

The Wayne Community College Board of Trustees installed Veda McNair as a member Tuesday night. She replaces Pat Burden, who retired in June after eight years on the board.

McNair is principal of Eastern Wayne Elementary School.

The board of trustees re-elected Tommy Jarrett as its chairman and Tommy Cox as its vice chairman. Board members Bea Lamb and Dr. Michael Gooden were re-appointed to the board.

Jarrett told board members he would make committee assignments within the next 10 days.

The board of trustees recognized retiring college employees Patricia Turlington and Dan Krautheim with resolutions and plaques of appreciation. Ms. Turlington retired after teaching art at the school for 18 years. Krautheim retired after eight years as vice president for academic affairs and student services.

Ken Ritt, the college's vice president for educational support services, told trustees he hopes construction of the new Continuing Education Center will be complete next month. He said school officials are planning to move into the building Aug. 22 and that it should be ready for classes that start in September.

The center is the second part of a $9 million, three-phase building project at the college, which includes an already completed childcare center. The 31,000 square-foot Continuing Education building will house administrative offices and four classrooms as well as the Small Business Center, a catering kitchen and a corporate training room.

The money for the project comes from $13 million that came to the college as part of a 2000 state bond issue for community colleges and universities.

Part of the bond money will be used to construct another building in the fall of 2006. Ritt told trustees the state construction office has approved a $4.2 million computer science and business center, which will contain 28,000 square feet of space.

Jack Kannan, the executive director of the Foundation of Wayne Community College, told the board that the foundationraised $51,000 through its 13th annual golf tournament held in June. It is the most money the tournament has raised, Kannan noted. The college uses the money raised from the tournament for scholarships.

The foundation had set a goal to raise $300,000 this year and surpassed it, with $457,000 to date, Kannan said.