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BPC trustees approve external academic restructuring
By Terry Gaston
BPC Public Relations
A number of academic resolutions were among the items approved by the Brewton-Parker College Board of Trustees during the board’s quarterly meeting Jan. 19 in the Hall of Fame Room of the Snooks Student Activities Center.
The Division of External Programs, currently under the auspices of the Division of Enrollment Services, will be divided between Enrollment Services and Academic Affairs “to enhance off-campus enrollment and academic integrity,” Brad Kissell, executive dean of Enrollment Services, said in his resolution approved by the Enrollment Services Committee.
“Dividing the responsibilities of enrollment and academics between the Division of Enrollment Services and the Office of the Provost will enable the college to more clearly establish administrative responsibility between off-campus enrollment and academics as well as more aggressively meet our institutional goals,” Kissell said.
The External Programs site directors, enrollment including recruitment, retention, admissions and marketing, and site operations will remain under the supervision of Enrollment Services.
Beginning in the summer of 2006, the dean of External Programs and the External Programs administrative staff will report to Dr. T. Ronald Melton, the college’s provost, and will oversee all related academic and student support issues.
The board approved a similar recommendation by Melton through the Academic and Student Program Committee, in which he said: “Academic functions including selection of faculty, student advisement and the teaching and assessment of classes need to have a clear reporting relationship to the provost.”
The board also endorsed the continued development of the Newnan Center, which has received Southern Association approval to offer baccalaureate degree programs in two majors with a third expected to be approved soon.
The resolution also praised Dr. Starr Miller, president emeritus of Brewton-Parker who lives in Newnan, “for his assistance in the establishment and development of the Newnan Center.”
“In recent months the administration, with the assistance of Dr. Starr Miller, has begun to explore possibilities for additional courses and programs that might be of service to the community,” Melton’s resolution read. “There seems to be significant potential for the development of the Newnan Center.”
The board also approved a resolution from the same committee a procedure on accepting transfer credit from non-regionally accredited institutions. Such steps include verifying that the course meets Brewton-Parker’s standards for transfer.
Other action items included the trustees’ approval of an annual budget of nearly $19.7 million for 2006-07, including a 3 percent salary increase for most employees and a $1,000 increase for employees whose salaries are under $15,000; and the college’s updated assessment and strategic plan report.
Other resolutions approved included the election of Ira Bryant, the college’s comptroller, as assistant secretary to the corporation for purposes of signing important legal and financial documents.
The board also approved the Advancement Committee’s recommendation of a goal of $150,000 for the 2006 Toombs-Montgomery Annual Fund, which again will be chaired by trustee Gary Campbell of Vidalia.
Six new trustees were welcomed to the board by Dr. Don Hattaway, board chairman from Kingston. Beginning their five-year terms were: Dr. Allen Hughes of Dacula, who served as chairman in completing his previous term in 2004; Mrs. Nadine Lang of Lithia Springs; Dr Monte Murphy of Macon; Dr. Nancy Stanley of Vidalia; and Edwin Stinson of Alpharetta.
Kenneth Dowling of McRae, another former trustee, returned to the board to fill an unexpired term through 2008, one vacated when Dr. Charles Strickland became Brewton-Parker’s executive assistant to the president for Church Relations in June 2005.
Dr. Charles Carter, retired pastor of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro and the Georgia Baptist Convention’s liaison to Baptist colleges, opened the meeting with a time of devotion.