The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees and Dr. Kenneth Urban announced during yesterdays trustee meeting that due to differences in leadership vision for the College, they have mutually agreed for Dr. Urban to leave the institution.
Dr. Urban’s resignation is effective immediately. According to Thom Hawley, The Board has not determined when or how they will move forward in the search for a new president. Chairman Bruce Smith concluded yesterdays meeting by thanking the board for their work and calling for unity, “We have an opportunity to move forward and I would encourage all of us to put our heads together and work hard to get us to that place.” Vice President Scott Ward will take over as the interim president of West Shore Community College. Ward previously served as interim president during the 2014-15 academic year.
The meeting continued with budget negotiations. The educational support staff agreed to eliminate the Separation Recognition Program. This will result in a benefit of $77,000 immediately for the college. This agreement happened at this time due to the lack of raises that were expected for staff and administration of West Shore for the next 3 years. As an alternative to the previous agreement with the Separation Recognition Program, Staff agreed to accept a 3 years of 1% raises and an increase in vision and dental benefits. A budget amendment was also presented to the board of trustees yesterday, transferring money back into the reserve from which they had previously withdrawn. Ward was commended on the work done to the budget, but he warned that though it looks good financially, it's not sustainable long term. The meeting concluded with the appointment of Mr. Ennis and Mr. Smith as representatives to the MCCA board of directors.