WSCC board to consider new president’s contract

SCOTTVILLE — The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees will consider approving a contract agreement with new college president Scott Ward when it meets at 5 p.m.

West Shore Community College president Scott Ward makes a point at a recent board meeting. On Monday at Ludington Area Schools members of the WSCC Board of Trustees will be considering approving a contract for Ward as he takes over his new position as college president.

West Shore Community College president Scott Ward makes a point at a recent board meeting. On Monday at Ludington Area Schools members of the WSCC Board of Trustees will be considering approving a contract for Ward as he takes over his new position as college president.

on Monday at Ludington High School.

Ward was named as the college’s fifth president since it came into existence back in 1967 at the Nov. 20 meeting of the trustees. At that time the board of trustees authorized board chair Bruce Smith to meet with Ward  and begin the contract process.

Smith reported in a memo to the board that the next steps in the process have taken place.

“I met with President Ward to discuss his Executive Employment Contract on Dec. 1,” wrote Smith.

Smith then met with the executive committee on Dec. 11 where some changes were made and then reviewed by the college’s legal counsel. The results of what the board executive committee is recommending will be taken under consideration at Monday’s meeting.

Some of the highlights of that proposed contract to be considered are:

• This contract will run from Jan. 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020;

• The board agrees to pay the president for fiscal year 2017-18 $142,000 that will be prorated for Jan. 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018. The salary may be reviewed annually and is subject to revision by agreement of the parties;

• The board will provide an automobile stipend of $750 per month. The president will be required to obtain, maintain and appropriately insure a reliable vehicle in his duties as president. Separate mileage reimbursement shall only be available for pre-approved travel to destinations outside the State of Michigan;

• The board shall reimburse the president for educational expenses up to the amount of $12,000 annually;

• The president shall receive additional annual compensation of $5,000 to encourage him to be active in social and community activities. This amount will be prorated and paid with the president’s regular compensation; and

• The president shall receive an annuity in the amount of $12,000 annually to be forwarded to an investment company selected by the president.

Monday’s meeting is one of two that the board holds annually off campus. Hosting it this time will be the Ludington Area Schools at the district office on Tinkham Avenue.

Several reports are also expected to be given during the evening including a report on the foundation by WSCC executive director of communications and community engagement Thom Hawley. He serves as the director of the foundation.

A report on the activities of the Michigan Community College Association in the past month will be given by trustee Mike Ennis and Ward who serve on that board.

Trustees are also expected to establish meeting dates and time for 2018 board of trustees meetings. Traditionally the board has met at 4 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. The only exception is twice each year the board meets off campus.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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