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Trustees approve appointing interim VP

Appointing Dr. Pedro Leite to the position of interim vice president for student affairs on a full-time, temporary administrative contract effective September 26 was approved by the Cloud County Community College board of trustees during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Leite served as vice president of academic and student affairs and dean of the college at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan. From November 2015 to June 2018. He was also an associate professor in information systems.

Prior to working at Donnelly College, Leite was the vice president of instruction/chief academic officer at Salina Area Technical College.

A graduate of Catholic University, Campinas, Brazil, with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Leite received his master of science management and master of management information systems degrees from Friends University and his higher education administrative and community college teaching degree from Pittsburg State University.

Leite's wife, Laura, is currently the coordinator of online education and business and industry at Cloud County Community College.

Also included in the consent agenda approved by the board during the meeting was the hiring of Tammy Thompson-Gibbs to the position of admissions counselor at the Geary County Campus effective October 15.

Thompson-Gibbs is currently the early childhood profession instructor at Central Texas College, Fort Riley, and adjunct instructor at the Geary County Campus.

The board of trustees approved a 16-hour business certificate developed by the college's business department.

The certificate enhances the stackable credentials in their field of study. Students could potentially complete the certificate in one semester.

After completion of the 16-hour certificate, students could stay a second semester and complete the existing 30-hour business certificate. They also have the two-year option of an associate of applied science or general studies degrees.

The 2019-20 academic calendar was approved by the board during the meeting.

Developed by the office of academic affairs, the calendar is reviewed by the calendar committee and the faculty association.

The board met in executive session for 15 minutes with president Dr. Adrian Douglas, human resources director Chris Wilson and attorney Justin Ferrell to discus non-elected personnel.

During public comments, Shane Britt, coordinator of residents life, announced his resignation, effective October 12, to the board.

Britt has accepted a job at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

Douglas said the administration will move to fill Britt's position as son as possible.

During her report to the board, vice president for administrative services Amber Knoettgen informed the board the the audit had been completed on September 10 and there were no findings.

Knoettgen said the Foundation audit was also completed with on findings.

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