June Board Meeting Packed with Budget, Appointments, and Mission, Vision, Beliefs and Values

June 25, 2019

The June TCC Board of Regents meeting included the approval of the FY20 budget, the appointment of Samuel Combs as chair, and a 2.89 percent increase in resident tuition, as well as the approval of the College’s new Mission, Vision, Beliefs and Values, and an introduction of West Campus Provost Dr. Kristopher Copeland.

The Board overwhelmingly approved of the revised mission, vision, beliefs and values.

“I think it’s an outstanding piece of work,” said Regent Combs, “especially the values statement. The beliefs and values are spot on. I hope they will speak to the community in a way that lets them know TCC is in the business of education and changing lives.”

Regent Wesley Mitchell said, “’You Belong Here’ is a much more powerful statement than ‘We believe in diversity.’”

President Goodson is excited to rollout and communicate more broadly about the new mission, vision, beliefs and values during convocation this fall.

Other highlights:

  • Student Success Centers: Regent Combs said the SSC at the Southeast campus will be used as a model for the other facilities.

    “The work on the Southeast Student Success Center is substantially complete, which means there’s little left to be done,” said Regent Combs. “We’re excited this project is coming to an end, and staff should be able to move into their spaces in the next three weeks.”
  • Chemistry and biology lab remodels on the Metro campus are “moving along nicely.”
  • Construction and architecture firms were approved for work on the Student Success Centers
  • The Board approved a resident tuition increase of 2.89 percent for FY20.
  • The FY20 operating budget was approved. A 3 percent salary adjustment is planned as part of the budget, however that adjustment is tied to enrollment and overall performance of the College. There are also plans to continue market compensation adjustments. College administration will make the determination on any annual increases during the Spring semester.
  • A 3.81 percent increase in State appropriations by the legislature will be used for adjusting faculty compensation.
  • The Early Notice Incentive Program will be continued for retiring faculty and staff
  • Regent Robin Ballenger said the performance review of President Leigh Goodson was “the most exemplary she has ever seen in her career,” and “strongly recommended” Board approval of Goodson’s employment contract. The Board approved the President’s contract unanimously.