Four New Members Join KCC Board
Four new members took the Oath of Office Tuesday and were sworn into the Klamath Community College Board of Education. Dr. Edward McClure was nominated by the Board in June to fill a vacant position representing Zone 1, while Jeff Ball and Michael Fitzgerald were elected in May to represent Zones 2 and 3, respectively. Associated Students of Klamath Community College President Kristy Layne will fill a non-voting board seat reserved for a KCC student representative.
The four members took an oath swearing to “support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Oregon, and the laws thereof, and the policies of the Klamath Community College District.”
The new members bring a wealth of experience to the Board, each coming from vastly different professional backgrounds. McClure was certified by the American Board of Surgery and ran a private practice of general surgery in Klamath Falls for more than 30 years. He was also a certified trauma surgeon and a member of the Sky Lakes Medical Center Board. He retired in 2009.
Ball was active in city administration and most recently served as City Manager for the City of Klamath Falls before retiring in 2010. Fitzgerald is now retired as well, following a long career with the United States Postal Service.
They join existing members Dave Jensen, Zone 4; Tommy Wells, Zone 5; Carol Castle, at large; and Al King, at large.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Dave Jensen was elected by his fellow members as Board Chair. It will be the second year in a row that Jensen serves as Chair, which will provide “continuity and consistency” to the board, according to Castle, who nominated him. Castle also nominated Tommy Wells to serve as Vice Chair. Both men were elected unanimously.
In other matters, KCC President Gerald Hamilton was appointed Clerk of the District, Vice President for Administrative Services Renèe Ferguson was appointed Deputy Clerk of the District, the President’s Administrative Assistant, Dawn McLing, was appointed Board Secretary and Ferguson was also named Budget Officer.
The Board also approved a schedule of board meetings for the 2011-2012 academic year. As in years past, meetings will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exceptions of December, March and July. No meetings are scheduled for December or July, and March’s meeting will be moved to a different date to accommodate spring break. That date is yet to be determined.