MEETING OF THE EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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MEETING OF THE
EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE
OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
November 16, 2010
Minutes
The External Relations Committee of the Board of Trustees of Houston Community
College held a meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at the HCC Administration
Building, 3100 Main, 2nd Floor, Seminar Room A, Houston, Texas.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Sandie Mullins, Committee Member
Eva Loredo, Committee Member
ADMINISTRATION
Mary Spangler, Chancellor
Art Tyler, Deputy Chancellor/COO
Renee Byas, General Counsel
William Carter, Vice Chancellor, Information Technology
Steve Levey for Charles Cook, Vice Chancellor, Instruction
Margaret Ford Fisher, President, Northeast College
Fena Garza, President, Southwest College
Cheryl Peters for William Harmon, President, Central College
Butch Herod for Zachary Hodges, President, Northwest College
Willie Williams, Chief Human Resources Officer
Remmele Young, Executive Director, Office of Government Relations
OTHERS PRESENT
Kim James, Board Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani
Alan Ainsworth, President, Faculty Senate
Robert Miller, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
Paul Colbert
Other administrators, citizens, and representatives of the news media
CALL TO ORDER
Ms. Mullins, Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:04 p.m. and declared the
Committee convened to consider matters pertaining to Houston Community College as
listed on the duly posted Meeting Notice.
PROPOSED 82ND LEGISLATIVE SESSION LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Motion – Ms. Loredo moved and Ms. Mullins seconded.
Remmele Young informed that the Texas 82nd Legislative Session will convene Tuesday,
January 11, 2011 in order to develop the two-year budget to fund all state-supported
agencies and other institutions that includes HCC.
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Mr. Young apprised that the five items proposed as legislative priorities consist of the
following: (1) appropriations, (2) employee benefits, (3) nursing, (4) securing state funds
for mitigating the nursing shortage and (5) addressing concerns relating to end-of-course
exams. He noted that these items are not the only items that may come before the
legislator and noted the identified items are the principal ones.
Ms. Mullins asked if performance funding is inclusive and inquired if there is a tracking
device should the item be adopted by the Legislator. Dr. Spangler apprised that there is
a tracking mechanism in place.
Ms. Loredo inquired if there is a plan in place should a reduction be required. Dr.
Spangler informed that a plan is in place. Dr. Tyler informed that the information will be
discussed as a part of the financial report.
Dr. Spangler informed that previously the Board have been asked to review the priorities
so that there is a formal acknowledgement. She noted that the federal legislative priority
will be presented in January.
Ms. Loredo asked if there is a correlation regarding the state and federal priorities. Mr.
Young informed that the federal priorities are separate from the state.
Ms. Mullins asked if there are significant changes in the legislature resulting from the
recent elections. Mr. Robert Miller apprised that there will be republicans majority.
Vote – The motion passed with a vote of 2-0.
ADJOURNMENT
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:23 p.m.
Recorded by:
Sharon R. Wright, Manager, Board Services
Transcribed and submitted by:
Sharon Wright, Manager Board Services
Minutes Approved:
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