Weatherford News

WC Board announces replacement for trustee

After a short closed session Thursday, Weatherford College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Betty Jo Crumm Graber as Place 5 trustee, replacing Trey Cobb.

Cobb resigned the seat last month after a change in employment no longer allowed him to fulfill his duties. Graber will remain in place until May 2015.

Graber is no stranger to Weatherford College - her name adorns the athletic center - as she retired in 1991 after coaching basketball and teaching physical education at the school fore more than 35 years.

Board chairman Frank Martin said Graber will be sworn in at next month’s regular meeting and that her long-time support of WC will be an asset.

“[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,” Martin said.

Graber is an active member of the Coyote Basketball Booster Club and has played pivotal roles in the organization and serves as a mentor for the student-players. She had a distinguished career in womens basketball, chairing the Women's Basketball Committee from the inception of the NJCAA Women's Division in 1975 until her retirement. Graber was also voted National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1980 and inducted with the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, served an assistant coach for multiple USA national teams and was a manager for the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic Team.

Also at the meeting, trustees learned from WC president Dr. Kevin Eaton that WC’s fall enrollment was up 2.5 percent, placing them 26th in the list of largest community colleges in Texas. The 5,717 student-mark was the college’s fifth largest increase and 5.1 percent larger than the state average.

“We are pretty proud of that number,” Eaton said.

Of the 50 college districts in the state, 34 had decreasing enrollment this fall, Eaton said.

Trustees also heard from Kathy Bassham, executive dean of student services, on the Equities in Athletics report the college is required to submit. The report details how many of the college’s students are involved in athletics and is a requirement of Title IX.

Bassham said the college is 38 percent male and 62 percent female. Because of the addition of softball, the school is the closest it can be to compliance.

“You never know from one year to the next [the ratio] but we’re pretty close to where we need to be,” she said.

Bassham noted that because of the government shutdown, there was a delay in information gathering for the report. She said that even though the website was down

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) was designed to make prospective students and prospective student-athletes aware of an institution of higher education’s commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. The EADA requires the disclosure of information about varsity teams and the financial resources and personnel that the school dedicates to those teams.

Additionally, the board: