Dennis Brown, Lee College president
AACC Faculty Innovation Award Finalist
Huntsville full-time Faculty Member and Division Chair, Paul Allen, has been recognized as a finalist for the AACC Faculty Innovation Excellence Award. This is a national award given annually by the American Association of Community Colleges. We are extremely proud of Paul, and wish him well as he competes against two other finalists for the national award, which will be announced at the annual AACC Conference in Orlando on April 15. Paul’s innovative work with students and faculty at Lee College’s Huntsville Center captured the attention of the judges reviewing all nominees. When you consider the severe limitations placed on faculty and students in a prison environment, you can imagine how necessary innovative instructional approaches are to ensuring teaching effectiveness and student learning. Congratulations Paul. Special thanks to Dr. Veronique Tran and Donna Zuniga for preparing Paul’s nomination portfolio. This award follows Paul’s selection as the 2019 Rouche Excellence Award Winner. Paul will receive this award in New York City at the Innovations Conference next week. Double Kudos to Paul Allen.
Leader College of Distinction
At the 2019 Achieving the Dream Conference in Long Beach, California, earlier this week, Lee College was one of 11 colleges in the nation to receive the designation of Leader College of Distinction. This new national designation reflects Lee College’s outstanding work in achieving higher student outcomes and narrowing the equity gap. For more information on this award and to read a description of Lee College achievements, click on the attachment to this article.
The college continues to meet its current financial obligations for fiscal year 2019. Year-to-date net revenues over expenses are projected to be $3.7 million as of the end of December 2019, not including the Board Designated surplus of 2.6 million. The surplus can be attributed to stronger than expected fall tuition collections, an increase in revenue in lieu of taxes, and savings in personnel costs. The total revenues collected Year-to-Date are approximately $2.3 million dollars over what was collected during the same period in 2018, while operating expenses for the same period of 2019 were down by $750,000 dollars as compared to the same time period in 2018. Our cash position continues to strengthen. The estimated cash balance at the end of Fiscal year 2019 is $10 million dollars. Attached, for your information, you will find a PowerPoint and financial report presented to the Board of Regents by Annette Ferguson, the College’s Chief Financial Officer, and Julie Lee, the College’s Controller, at their January meeting.
Lee College’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2022, will be updated this spring. The Board of Regents will hold a workshop on March 19 to provide input on the Plan. Faculty, staff and students will also be invited to provide input on the updated Plan. Each year the College’s Five-Year Strategic Plan is reviewed and updated to ensure that Institutional Goals and Cabinet Area Priorities are consistent with data produced for the College’s Student Success Scorecard. More information on your involvement with this update will be made available shortly.
Black History Month
There have been many great activities in celebration of Black History Month. The final events include Showtime at the Gazebo on February 26 and the screening of Moonlight on Feb. 27. Check the Lee College calendar for details.
March 1, 2 and 3 are your final opportunities to catch the Lee College Drama Department Production of Theophilus North in the Black Box Theater inside the Performing Arts Center. Check the Lee College Calendar for details.
Women’s History Month
Lee College celebration of Women’s History Month kicks off on Wednesday, March 6. Keep your eyes open for scheduled events.
Second Chance Pell
The Second Chance Pell Program, which offers Pell grants to incarcerated students, has been renewed for a fourth year. This is great news for our Huntsville Center Prison Education Program.
Dual Credit Invitational Dinner
The second annual Dual Credit Invitational Dinner was held on Jan. 31 at the Dayton Community Center, in partnership with Anahuac ISD, Dayton ISD, Hardin ISD, Hulls-Daisetta ISD and Liberty ISD. Over 400 high school students and parent attended this event to learn about college courses and programs of study offered at the Lee College Education Center in South Liberty County.
Lee College’s Debate Team continues to win awards on the IPDA Debate Circuit. Congratulation to all student competitors and Debate Coach Joe Ganakos.
Texas Model United Nations
On February 1, Lee College hosted the 2019 Texas Model United Nations. Eighteen Lee College students participated, under the direction of Model United Nations Advisor, Dr. Portia Hopkins. Congratulations to all involved.
President’s Advisory Council
The President’s Advisory Council continues to meet weekly. I recently sent out to all employees’ information on submitting requests for funding for projects to be undertaken during the 2019-20 budget year. Funding for selected projects will be awarded by the Infrastructure and Facilities, Instructional Programing and Technology Standing Committees. Check the email for the process to submit a request and the due date.
Work will begin soon on the renovations to the Science Building. Following approval of the procurement method by the Board of Regents on Feb. 28, the remaining projects will be advertised. Winning bidders will be taken to the March 28 Board meeting for approval by the Regents. Work on these other projects will begin shortly thereafter.
That is it for this Update!
Leader College of Distinction 22319
Dec 2018 Board Financial Packet
Lee College Board Report 1-24-2018