Leadership group goes West

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on April 1. The Dean’s Leadership Cluster, a select group of NSCC students, shared information about its recent trip to Portland, Ore.

The group traveled with Mike Wolfe, NSCC dean of business technologies, to visit Portland area businesses and learn firsthand about their growth and the principles of leadership that have helped them to thrive. The tour included visits with leaders from Columbia Sportswear, Travel Portland, Salt and Straw Ice Cream, and a tour of Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, Wash., a family-owned business in its sixth generation. The students had time to discuss the success of the business with executive vice president, and fifth generation owner, Charlie Bishop.

The Dean’s Leadership Cluster is an “invitation only” two-year program that provides leadership training, guest speakers, and volunteer opportunities.

“The trip to Oregon was the icing on what has been two years of wonderful opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Mike Wolfe, dean of Business Technologies and advisor of the program. “The willingness of the students to learn and grow by challenging themselves will help them both personally and professionally for years to come.”

The Board also heard a presentation from Lori Bird, dean of nursing, who shared the continued success of the nursing program.

“NSCC continues to be a leader in the state and nation on national nursing board exam testing,” Bird said. “We are currently ranked in the top four percent of all nursing programs in the nation.”

This past year, the nursing graduates once again surpassed the state and national average on the National Council Licensure Exam with a 98.1 percent passage, as compared with a national average of 84.5 percent. NSCC graduates over 60 nurses annually though the registered nursing degree program.

NSCC Board Chair Paul Siebenmorgen welcomed Joel Miller to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Miller was appointed by Governor Kasich last month. He is the executive director of the Napoleon/Henry County Chamber of Commerce and resides in Henry County.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the employment of: Melissa Vine, full-time in accounts payable; Katrina Adams, full-time financial aid assistant; and Donald Retcher, full-time industrial, technical, mechanical faculty.

• Approved the retirements of Jo McCormick, full-time faculty, Arts and Sciences; Cheryl Geer, part-time division secretary CTS; and Linda Maxcy, part-time food preparation worker.

• Approved the resignation of Andrew Kozal, full-time faculty member criminal justice; Misty Grahm, division secretary institutional advancement; and Crystal Coopman, part-time faculty Arts and Sciences.

• Approved miscellaneous employment contracts for part-time faculty.

• Approved the financial report for Feb. 29, 2016.

• Approved a school support personnel memorandum of understanding to be applied to the contract terms implemented by the College Board of Trustees, effective immediately.