WSCC board to honor outgoing trustee

SCOTTVILLE — The 4 p.m. Monday meeting of the West Shore Community College Board of Trustees will be the last one for trustee Mike Ennis.

After serving on the WSCC board for the past 20 years Ennis decided to not run for another term in the November election.

During his time on the board Ennis served as chairman from 2001-2009 and was co-chair of the WSCC Foundation’s Major Gift Campaign.  Ennis also served as the WSCC representative on the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) since 2001 including being the chairman of that organization in 2014.

He will be honored by board chairman Bruce Smith and WSCC president Scott Ward at the meeting. A proclamation will be read and passed in his honor.

During Monday’s meeting Ennis is expected to deliver his last Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) report to the full board on the activities of the past month. He and Ward regularly report on news from Lansing that comes up at the MCCA meeting.

WSCC executive director of college relations Thom Hawley also oversees the college foundation. At Monday’s meeting he is expected to deliver a report to the board on that organization.

Ward will present the board with a list of 33 students who have met the requirement for the 2018 graduate list. Two of those students earned two degrees.

The list includes Manistee County residents Kyle Acker, Lindy M. Danks, Devon Edmondson, Dylan Fitzsimmons, Karl Hoadley (two degrees), Kassie Hook, Stephanie Kawalec, Haily Kott, Tawny Kott and Taylor Mallison.

Board members are also expected to set the dates for their monthly meetings for the upcoming year. Meetings are normally held at 4 p.m. the third Monday of the month in the John M. Eaton Board Room in the administrative and conference building with the exception of the April and November meetings that are held off campus.

The board will also consider the board calendar for the upcoming year.

Trustee James Jensen, who is the head of the board administrative committee, will bring the financial statements for the month of November. They include $1,311,269 in general fund expenditures and $109,058. They were reviewed positively at its Dec. 12 meeting.

A recommendation from the board policy and personnel committee will be considered to name the college’s new regional training center the Riemer Regional Public Safety Training Center.

Ward explained the building was purchased in December 2017 and as a result of that purchase the WSCC Foundation received a gift of $1 million from Dr. Andrew Riemer. The majority of that gift has been set aside for public safety programs and operations of the center.

Board members are also expected to review upgrades to a number of their board policies. Over the past several months the board policy and personnel committee has been working on updating the board policies.


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

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