Weatherford College approves agreement with DHCC, extends contract for president

12/17/2013 12:42 PM

12/17/2013 12:43 PM

After being named to the Weatherford College Board of Trustees in her absence last month, Betty Jo Crumm Graber was officially sworn in Thursday.

Graber is replacing former board member Trey Cobb, who resigned his Place 5 seat in October because of work obligations.

“I owe this board a thank you,” Graber said. “It’s a vote of confidence.”

Graber retired in 1991 after coaching basketball and teaching physical education at the school for more than 35 years and is a long-time supporter of WC. Her name adorns the athletic center.

“[Her] wealth of experience working with young adults and knowledge about the college along with her personal integrity and ability to get along with people and respect by the community make her a natural choice to join the board,” Board Chairman Frank Martin said when Graber was named last month.

Graber will remain in place until May 2015.

When Graber was seated, trustees then approved the re-platting of land leased to the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. The restructuring of property lines will allow additional space for an educational Log Cabin Village. The DHCC and WC will partner to use the Log Cabin Village to create educational opportunities for both institutions.

The swap in land is about .3 acres ($33,000 in value) and allows DHCC to move forward with evaluating cabins for viability of being moved.

“We hope to have that done within 12 months,” said DHCC Director Heather Castagna. “The city [which owns some of the cabins] doesn’t have funding to do that so the Doss would have to raise money to evaluate and move the cabins.”

A tentative facility use agreement was presented to board members that outlined how the college would be entitled to use the village up to four times a year at no cost, based on availability. It also spelled out the designation of a plaque recognizing WC for the land exchange and the commitment to educational opportunities.

Martin asked for a minor change to the document before it was to be signed by WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton.

In regards to Eaton, the board voted to extend his contract until Dec. 31, 2016 after meeting in closed session. Eaton has been president since 2009 and with the college since 2002. No additional information about the contract was available at press time.

In other business, the board:

•  Approved the laying of a commemorative cornerstone at the Don Allen Health Science Building at its completion by the Phoenix Masonic Lodge 275;
•  Approved the 2012-13 financial audit as presented by representatives from Snow Garrett Williams, CPAs;
• Heard a construction update regarding the Don Allen Health Science Building.

The board will meet next on Jan. 16.

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