INA — The contract of President Terry Wilkerson has been extended by the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees, effective July 1. The new contract is for a four-year period, according to college officials."Terry came in as a first-time president. There were several things the board wanted him to do, and he has accomplished them," said Board Chair Bryan Drew. He added that Wilkerson has shown real leadership ability and this renegotiation is the board's way of expressing its confidence in him.The Board accepted with regret the retirement resignation of Curt Mowrer, Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Rend Lake College, effective Dec. 31, 2014. He has been with RLC full time since October 1999.The Board also granted permission to create the position, approve the job description and advertise for a Public Information Specialist. Nathan Wheeler, previously the assistant director of marketing and public information, has been transferred to the newly created position of marketing specialist.According to administrative rationale, the duties of the marketing and public information department have expanded to the point where an additional staff person has become a necessity.The Board granted permission to create the position, approve the job description and advertise for a report writer for the Information Technology Department. The position is needed to assist with creation, testing and validation of reports to meet state, federal and institutional reporting requirement.In yet another personnel move, the Board granted permission to create the position and job description and appoint Deidra Traylor as Provider Recruitment/Quality Specialist effective May 1. This position is with Project CHILD, the Child Care Resource and Referral program based at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Recently, Project CHILD was informed that they would be receiving additional funds from the Illinois Department of Human Services which will be used to help the entity remain solvent. A requirement of receiving these additional funds is to have a staff person facilitate the Quality Rating System. Traylor currently is employed as the Parent/Provider Recruitment Specialist for Project CHILD and has the knowledge necessary to facilitate the Quality Rating System.Haden Smith of Wayne City was seated at Tuesday's meeting. He is a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Production and Management. He replaces outgoing student trustee Kelsey Allen of Bonnie.IN OTHER BUSINESS: n Approved changes in the number of credit hours for an Enology course (Introduction to Wine Microorganisms) as well as to the total credit hours required for the Enology Associate in Applied Science Degree and occupational certificate.- Approved a corporate banking resolution needed to transfer signatory authority on accounts held at Old National Bank. The transfer was necessary due to the hire last month of Angie Kistner as Vice President of Finance and Administration and the transfer of Wendy Smith to Controller.- Approved revisions to board procedure concerning job descriptions and stipends.- Set the out-of-district tuition rate at $148.50 per credit hour beginning with the Summer 2013 term.- Approved an extended leave of absence for Wayne Caplinger, Maintenance Technician, through May 31.
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