New chief

Leadership changes for Terra State board

FREMONT — Terra State Community College Board of Trustees met Wednesday afternoon, led by the interim president of the college.

Ronald Schumacher, interim president, took the head of the table following the resignation of Jerome Webster last week.

At the April 25 board of trustees meeting, Webster offered to step down and trustees took no action.

At a trustees meeting May 17, Webster offered a statement: “It is my perception that an organization can endure only so much change from the same leader before the organization rebukes further change, especially when the amount of change is high and has occurred in an accelerated effort to achieve organizational sustainability.

“And as everyone who works at Terra State knows, we have experienced significant change over the last six years. After much deliberation, the board has agreed to this, which will be effective May 31, 2018.”

Webster has been president since 2014.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Schumacher gave his report, discussing the recent accolades banquet for faculty, commencement, the nurses’ pinning ceremony meetings with faculty and staff to discuss his transition.

He talked about the importance of relationships, including with faculty, staff, students, the community and community partners.

Schumacher said he plans to be guided by three pillars: respect, integrity and dedication.

“The decisions that we will make will be based on what is best for the students and what is best for the college,” he said.

In other business, Jennifer Spielvogel, interim vice president of Academic Affairs at Terra State, gave a presentation on how colleges receive allocations from the state.

In fiscal year 2018, the college received 1.44 percent ($6.5 million) of the state’s allocated funds of $456 million — which is divided among Ohio’s 23 community colleges based on student success milestones.

The board also heard a presentation about the college’s maintenance needs, including roof work, parking lot and drive paving, and a plan to conduct room inspections over the summer.

The board entered into executive session with two people from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to consider the employment and/or compensation of a public employee.

The board approved a contract with Webster. The contract is being finalized by the state and was not available by presstime.

The board also approved a motion to create a search committee for the presidential search.

The board is to meet June 27.

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