NCTC honors Chalmers, swears in new regent

Elizabeth F. Abu | Nov 19, 2019

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District met Monday evening and recognized past regent, Mr. Matt Chalmers, who passed away in June. Board Chair Karla Metzler presented tokens of appreciation to Matt’s wife, Ruthie Chalmers.  

Dillon Ott, who was appointed by the board to fill Chalmers’ vacant seat, was sworn in by Judge Chris Cypert. Ott will serve until the next regularly scheduled election in May 2021. 

Ott is a graduate of North Central Texas College with an Associate of Applied Science and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He is the Vice President of Oil Field Equipment Manufacturing at ORTEQ Energy Technologies.

In the Chancellor’s Administrative Report, NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace recognized NCTC students, staff and faculty that identify as first generation, meaning that neither of their parents attended college. Wallace noted that 16.5% of NCTC students identify as first generation and NCTC offers many resources to help these students reach their educational goals.

Wallace also reported that NCTC’s newest campus, the First State Bank Exchange at North Central Texas College is serving over 700 students in its inaugural semester.

Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Debbie Sharp gave a Quarterly External Funding Update to the regents, adding that the NCTC Foundation awarded 1,022 scholarships, valued at over $500,000, for Fall 2019.

There were no action items on the agenda and no executive session. All regents were present for the meeting.



NCTC newest regent, Dillon Ott, was sworn in at Monday night’s board meeting by Judge Chris Cypert.


NCTC Board of Regents Chair Karla Metzler presented Ruthie Chalmers, wife of the late Matt Chalmers, with a coin and photograph to show the board’s appreciation for Matt’s service to NCTC.