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Iowa Lakes Trustees Select New College President

By Staff | Feb 19, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – The Iowa Lakes Community College Trustees dealt with a variety of agenda items at their meeting Feb. 17, including the selection of a new college president–Val Newhouse. Newhouse was appointed president immediately and will serve through June 30, 2010, at a base rate (starting July 1) of $140,000.

Newhouse will replace current College President Dr. Harold Prior who tendered his resignation at a special meeting of the board on Feb. 13. Prior was hired as president of the college in January 2006, becoming the sixth president in the college’s history. He will continue to serve as president of the Iowa Wind Energy Association.

During the regular meeting of the board, the Trustees heard a report on the annual audit for the 2007-2008 college year at the meeting. The audit, completed by Williams and Company received an “unqualified opinion” which means the college financial operations were compliant. The audit was accepted by the board.

In other financial news at the meeting, the Trustees conducted a public hearing for the college’s published budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The Trustees approved the published budget, which shows expenditures estimated at $38.5 million. Under this budget, the levy for taxpayers will go down by nearly a penny per $1,000 of taxable valuation.

The Iowa Lakes Report featured the Success Centers at the college. Colleen Peltz and Lynn Dodge spoke to the board about the variety of services available at the Success Center, national certification and student success. Students Lisa Rider, Calvin Tuttle, and Justin Rush shared their success stories with the board. Each received a GED, entered college, and found a comfort level and academic success at Iowa Lakes.

With the downturn in the economy, the number of new persons coming to each of the five Success Centers has increased. Some are seeking their GED to maintain their jobs or get a job. While others are looking to refresh their skills, enter college, or update their resume. The Success Center services include developmental and high school diploma courses, GED, peer tutoring, student accommodations and independent study college level courses.

Peltz and Dodge told those in attendance that the Iowa Lakes Success Center is looking to become the first college in the state of Iowa to attain national certification.

An update was given on a proposed building project at the Emmetsburg campus by Executive Director of Facilities Management Delaine Hiney. The main source of funding is proposed to come from ACE infrastructure money, which may become a casualty of state budget reductions. Updates are expected in the near future.

Also, the Trustees approved a job training agreement; agreed to limited serving of beer and alcohol at the Estherville campus for a special gathering; and heard updates from Trustees on various committees.