Regents approve hiring of new Vice-President of Instruction

by Darin Allred | Nov 18, 2014 <p> </p>

North Central Texas College regents officially hired Dr. Andrew Fisher as the new Vice-President of Instruction at Monday's board meeting.

Dr. Fisher replaces Dr. Brent Wallace, who became NCTC's President in August.

Fisher has spent the last four years as the director of Paris Junior College's Sulphur Springs campus. Before that, he was the chairman of Developmental Studies at Panola College for four years and was a special education teacher in the Quinlan ISD for two years.

He has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Texas, a M.S. in Higher Education Teaching from Texas A&M-Commerce, and an Ed.D. in Supervision, Curriculum Development and Instructional Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Charise Bewley was also hired at Monday's meeting as the new counselor at the NCTC Graham campus.

Regents also heard a report on graduation statistics from Vice-President of Student Services Dr. Billy Roessler. The report stated that for the past three years, NCTC has increased the number of Associate degrees 43 percent and the number of certificates increased 12 percent. The number of students completing the core curriculum more than doubled over the last year.

Additionally, the diversity of the awards by race and ethnicity increased. The number of awards for Hispanic and African-American students increased 77 percent and 112 percent respectively.

In other items, regents unanimously approved the 2013-14 amended budget, TASB Policy Update 29 of NCTC Local Board Policy, the annual review of Board Policy CAK (Local) for appropriations and revenue sources including investments, and vendors for welding and CNC equipment for the Career and Technology Center.

Board members also heard updates on recent NCTC Foundation events and got an update on construction projects.

At the start of the meeting, regents were introduced to several members of the NCTC Ranch Horse team that recently won a World Championship.

All board members were present for Monday's meeting.