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NWCCD renews Young’s contract; OKs shutdown help for veterans

SHERIDAN — The Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to renew the contract of President Dr. Paul Young at their regular business meeting yesterday.

No pay increases were included in the contract renewal.

Young has worked for the district since February 2005 and was appointed president in 2010. The new contract will extend Young’s term for three more years.

The board met Oct. 14 for a formal review and annual evaluation of Young’s performance.

“We were pretty pleased with Dr. Young’s performance and I think were critical in a good way, but hopefully not in too harsh a way,” Board Chair Kati Sherwood said.

In other business, the board passed a resolution that aims to protect veteran students and make sure their studies can continue uninterrupted in the event of future federal government shutdowns.

The resolution would “suspend payment plans for any student accounts receivable without any late charges accruing; allow the student to register despite having an outstanding accounts receivable balance; provide temporary advances of suspended Federal Government Veteran’s Education benefits using foundation funds, to be repaid after restoration and receipt of these benefit payments, without interest charged.”

In response to a trustee question, Young noted that the college did have veteran students who were affected by the recent shutdown and rather than forcing students to discontinue their studies due to nonpayment, the college kept the students enrolled.

“We carried those students, as did many other institutions,” Young said. “It is a special circumstance.”

The board also gave their approval for the appointment of Ken Thorpe as an at-large member of the Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority. Thorpe’s appointment has already been approved by the city of Sheridan and Sheridan County School District 2, which are also part of the organization.

“I think it is great Ken is stepping forward,” NWCCD Vice Chair Scott Ludwig said. “He is more than capable.”

 

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