Tell our readers who you are and why you’re qualified for this elected position.
I am currently on the LCCC Board of Trustees and have been for the past 12 years. I am fortunate to have worked on policies, building campaigns, personnel searches, and other important areas of board activity. My appreciation of LCCC’s place in this city and county continues to grow. As a lawyer by profession, I enjoy the intellectual satisfaction of working on college challenges and interacting with students, faculty and staff. Education is an important gift to an individual that continues to give to the community. I want to continue to use my experience and commitment to LCCC to move the college into the future.
What influenced you to run for the LCCC Board of Trustees?
I want to remain involved and supportive of the Fine Arts building renovation and the challenge of the RAC building. In addition, I believe LCCC has a strong place in the economic development and diversity of southeast Wyoming. I want to be supportive and assertive in that effort.
What can the college do to better help students complete their degrees and credit diplomas in 2 years or less?
The college can continue our efforts with Guided Pathways, which guides students to completion of their desired degree or certificate. Building a new residence hall so more students live in a college-focused environment will help. I am also a strong believer in academic counseling and student-focused support of the college. We need to pay attention, listen, and support our varied students’ efforts toward completion.
If LCCC’s bond issue fails this year, where do you think the college should get the money for Fine Arts renovations and the Performing Arts center?
I don’t know where we would get the money. We are blessed now with an appropriation from the Legislature. Without those funds, I’m not sure what our next plan will be. We can look at private donations and asking the public for a higher mill increase or bond issue, but I don’t feel confident any of those efforts would be successful. Our chance is now.
Another LCCC facility that is in need of repair is the Recreation and Athletics Center. How can the college raise the money to pay for renovations to this building?
Whenever the Board looks at a building project, we look at all the possible ways to fund that effort. We would look at the possibilities of private donations, student fees, community-use fees, legislative funding and a local bond issue. We need to explore all funding pathways. After we collect that information and look at the political climate, the board can create a plan for funding.
Enrollment trends show a steady decrease since the 2011-12 school year. What can the college do to reverse this trend and improve enrollment?
The Rediscover LCCC effort is proving to be very successful. People in the 24-35 age group can return to college. This is a population we need to access and encourage to attend LCCC. We could offer more 4-year degrees in cooperation with the University of Wyoming. I also believe that as LCCC is successful with current students, we will attract future students.