At its November meeting Thursday evening, Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton reported WC’s record fall enrollment of 5,717 makes it the 26th largest community college district in Texas.
Eaton noted that while 34 colleges recorded decreases, WC recorded the fifth largest enrollment increase at 2.5 percent – more than 5 percent higher than the state average.
The board also appointed Betty Jo Crumm Graber to fill Place 5, the seat vacated by Trey Cobb last month.
Graber, who retired in 1991 after coaching basketball and teaching physical education at WC for more than 35 years, will serve through May 2015.
“Ms. Graber’s wealth of experience working with young adults and knowledge about the college along with her personal integrity and ability to get along with people and respect by the community make her a natural choice to join the board,” said Frank Martin, board chairman.
Graber is a longtime supporter of WC and especially of its athletic teams. An active member of the Coyote Basketball Booster Club, she has played pivotal roles in the organization and serves as a mentor for the student-players.
She had a distinguished career in women’s basketball, chairing the Women’s Basketball Committee from the inception of the NJCAA Women’s Division in 1975 until her retirement.
Graber was voted National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1980. She was also inducted with the inaugural class into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, served as assistant coach for multiple USA national teams and was a manager for the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic Team.
The board also:
- heard a construction update regarding the Don Allen Health Science Building;
- heard an update from Jim Swan of Johnson Controls regarding the ongoing energy savings contract: “Almost 99.999 percent complete.”
- awarded bids to three charter bus companies for commercial transportation services: Lone Star Coaches for primary status; Gotta Go Trailways Inc. for secondary vendor status and American Transfers and Tours tertiary vendor status;
- voted to cast the college’s designated 287 votes on the Parker County Appraisal District board of directors; and
- heard reports on financials, athletics and upcoming events.
The next scheduled meeting of the WC board is Thursday, Dec. 12.