Board of Directors October 2021 Meeting Minutes | SCC

Board of Directors October 2021 Meeting Minutes

October 28, 2021

Board Members Present:

  • Ms. Charlene Harris, Chair
  • Phillip Duncan, Vice Chair
  • Ms. Kelly Johnson, Secretary
  • Mr. Gary Napier
  • Mr. AJ Tompkins
  • Mr. BJ Brown
  • Mr. Jonathan Arnett
  • Ms. Marsha Phelps
  • Dr. Allison Cherry

Board Members Absent:

  • Mr. Marshall Todd

Call to Order

Chair Harris called the meeting of the Somerset Community College Board of Directors to order at 1:01 p.m.  She welcomed everyone in attendance.

Action Item: July 22, 2021 Minutes

Chair Harris announced that the minutes of the July 22, 2021 meeting were included in the agenda booklet and the book was mailed to Board members in advance of the meeting.  Dr. Cherry moved the minutes to be approved as distributed.  Vice-Chair Duncan seconded the motion.  The minutes were unanimously approved.

President's Remarks

Dr. Castle briefly discussed Dr. Czarapata and Chair Desmarais and their visit to the SCC Campus. The reason for the visit was to see our College and get feedback for the future KCTCS Strategic Plan. 

Dr.Castle reported on the current COVID-19 restrictions at Somerset Community College. Some restrictions were lifted; however, SCC will continue to use masks and gloves where it makes sense. In addition, protocols are still in place to manage any reports of COVID on campus.

Dr. Castle reported that SCC participated in the SOAR (Save Our Appalachian Region) event that was held in Corbin, KY. 

Dr. Castle reported that SCC purchased property. This is an exciting opportunity for SCC to develop classes and programs in an area that will become more important to this region as the new interchange is completed. This property will give the College the needed location to bring all of the training and education opportunities and a chance to expand our programs. 

Dr. Castle reported that SCC would be hiring a Chief Enrollment Management Officer (CEMO) who will manage all of the Student affairs areas. The CEMO will also have resources from academic, institutional effectiveness, and advancement through their respective vice presidents. The focus is being able to use the data, assess our needs for students at all stages of the enrollment cycle, and then manage the needs of the college to meet enrollment goals.

Dr. Castle reported SCC’s plans to develop the College. SCC is entering the 4DX process (four disciplines of execution) that allows a large organization to focus on things they need to do most and still stay steady with day-to-day responsibilities. The main focus for the College is increasing enrollment among the 25-45-year-olds. 

Dr. Castle reported on the Inmate Training Program graduation. Eight inmates now have the technical skill and practical experience to get work once released in the next few months. SCC plans to keep this going and hopefully reach out to other areas.

Dr. Castle reported on two new scholarship opportunities at SCC. One from TTAI, awarding scholarships to students from the four high schools in Pulaski County. $1000.00 per semester up to four semesters. Second, Gatormade has committed to awarding any welding student who gets at least a 3.0 GPA during the semester $1000.00 at the end of the semester.

Action Item: Election of Officers for 2022

On behalf of the nominating committee, Mr. Napier presented the slate of officers for 2022 at the meeting. Ms. Charlene Harris as Chair, Mr. Phillip Duncan as Vice-Chair, and Ms. Kelly Johnson as Secretary. Mr. Arnett moved to accept the officers as presented. Ms. Phelps seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

In addition, Chair Harris announced the re-appointment of Ms. Marsha Phelps as the SCC staff representative.

Action Item: Meeting Schedule for 2022

Chair Harris asked Board members if there are any conflicts with the 2022 meeting schedule as sent to them in their Board books and, if not, she asked for a motion to approve. Dr. Cherry moved to accept the meeting schedule as presented. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. 


Chair Harris announced the next meeting will be on January 27, 2022.  Chair Harris asked for a motion to adjourn. Mr. Arnett made a motion and with no further business, the members were dismissed at 1:35.

Date Approved by Board of Directors

Charlene Harris, Chair SCC Board of Directors
Signature on file

Kelly Johnson, Secretary SCC Board of Directors
Signature on file