5/25/12 Board seeks college trustee applicants

Board seeks college trustee applicants
Some members feel new blood would be beneficial
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 5/25/12     
Reprinted with permission.

   The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education is asking people to notify the board if they are interested in serving on the Alamance Community College Board of Trustees.

   That follows a discussion last week as to whether the school board should automatically reappoint trustee Reid Dusenberry to another term. During a work session, school board chairwoman Jackie Cole said Martin Nadelman, the community college’s president, sent a letter asking for Dusenberry’s reappointment.

   Cole said the school board has typically granted reappointment when requested. Fellow board member Steve Van Pelt said he was fine with reappointing Dusenberry, who is finishing his third term.

   Other school board members said they have no problem with Dusenberry or his service as a college trustee, but advocated allowing others to be considered.

   That’s what happened in 2011, when Rosemary Fernandez Stein’s term was expiring. She had replaced another trustee, who retired before her term ended. That year, there was no recommendation from Nadelman that Stein be reappointed. She and Bill Gomory applied to be considered for appointment as a college trustee. He has been on the board of directors of the Alamance Community College Foundation, which raises money to help students. The school board reappointed Stein.

   The community college’s board of trustees consists of 12 voting members and the president of the Student Government Association. Of the voting members, four each are appointed to staggered fouryear terms by the school board, the Alamance County Board of Commissioners and the state’s governor.

   Board member Tony Rose said he’d “rather be more consistent” in following the same procedure from year to year in appointing college trustees. Board member Brad Evans also argued for consistency, prompting Cole to say last year had been a departure from how reappointment requests had previously been handled.

   “In the past we have honored those requests,” she said.

   Board member Patsy Simpson agreed with Evans and Rose: “My preference would be to open it up.”

   In 2011, a subcommittee of the school board, made up of Evans, Rose and Mary Erwin, was appointed to make a recommendation to the full board as to appointing a trustee. Evans and Rose favored re-appointing Stein, while Erwin voted to appoint Gomory. Stein was reappointed as a trustee by the full board based on the subcommittee’s recommendation.

   Erwin said during the last week’s work session she had no problem with accepting applications, but felt strongly the full board should consider them, rather than a subcommittee.

   Board member Kristen Moffitt was unable to be at the work session.

   Anyone interested in serving on the Alamance Community College Board of Trustees is asked to send a letter of interest to Vicki Stafford, Superintendent’s Office, Alamance-Burlington School System, 1712 Vaughn Road, Burlington NC 27217, by June 1.