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
June 9, 2011
Minutes
The External Relations Committee of the Board of Trustees of Houston Community College
held a meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the HCC Administration Building, 3100 Main,
2nd Floor, Seminar Room A, Houston, Texas.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Sandie Mullins, Committee Chair
Mary Ann Perez, Committee Member
Bruce Austin
Eva Loredo
ADMINISTRATION
Mary S. Spangler, Chancellor
Art Tyler, Deputy Chancellor/COO
Doretha Eason, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
Renee Byas, General Counsel
Daniel Seymour, Vice Chancellor, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
Margaret Ford Fisher, President, Northeast College
Fena Garza, President, Southeast College
William Harmon, President, Central College
Zachary Hodges, President, Northwest College
Irene Porcarello, President, Southeast College
Betty Young, President, Coleman College
Remmele Young, Executive Director, Government Relations
OTHERS PRESENT
Kim James, System Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani
Alan Ainsworth, President, Faculty Senate
Other administrators, citizens and representatives from the news media
CALL TO ORDER
Ms. Mullins called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m. and declared the Committee convened
to consider matters pertaining to Houston Community College as listed on the duly posted
Meeting Notice.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (82ND LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL SESSION)
Mr. Remmele Young provided an overview of the legislative topics to include:
•
Regular Session
o Regular session ended May 30th
o HB 1 (budget bill) passed House and Senate
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o HB 1 contains community college funding
o Comptroller did not certify HB 1
o No state budget to date for state-funded agencies and higher education
institutions
•
Special Session
o Special session called and began June 1st
o Session Priority: Passing a state budget
o Big ticket item: Public School Finance
o Community college funding tied to the outcome of the special session
o Members expected to vote bill out June 9th
•
Funding At-A-Glance
o Community College level similar to 2010-2011
o HCC anticipated base-funding: $137,839,948
o HEGI: $199,087.122 (or $197,445,525)
o TRS: $510,550,356
o ORP: $247,905,974
o Outcome-based funding: $0 (Not applicable to Community Colleges)
•
Other Policy Considerations
o Concealed handgun legislation was not added to call
o HCC requested governor’s veto relating to establishment of state system to
oversee community colleges
o Outcome-based funding will not apply to community colleges in the next
biennium – funding not appropriated
o HCC will inventory relevant bills and produce an end of session report
(publication anticipated August 2011)
•
Special Session Ends June 30, 2011
Dr. Tyler informed that there may be a 1% tax on total payroll to assist with benefits and
noted that the college would have to make up an additional $1.3 million.
ADJOURNMENT
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:21 p.m.
Recorded, transcribed and submitted by:
Sharon R. Wright, Manager, Board Services
Minutes Approved: _________________________________
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