Posted Dec. 7, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.

Board elects new officers, representatives

Trustees announce tuition increase by WCCC

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees elected a total of nine officers and representatives at a special business meeting Dec. 7.

Later at a study session, the board reported the Wyoming Community College Commission will increase tuition by $4 a credit hour beginning fall 2012.

The board elected four trustee officers to serve as chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer. The elections were as follows:

    • Greg Thomas was elected chairman;

    • Carol Merrell was elected vice chairman;

    • Dr. Kevin Kilty was elected secretary;

    • and Ed Mosher was elected treasurer.

The board also elected John Kaiser, Merrell and Bill Dubois as its three LCCC Foundation board representatives, and two WACCT representatives, Kaiser and Mosher, were elected. The board decided to wait to address board committees until new LCCC President Joe Schaffer begins on Jan. 17.

Later, in a board study session the board reported the WCCC voted at a meeting Dec. 6 to increase in-state tuition by $4 a credit hour to bring the total of $75 a credit hour.

Trustee Brenda Lyttle said the WCCC could have voted to increase tuition to help the colleges gain more funding from the Wyoming Legislature.

"I think much of this decision was based on the fact that the Legislature looks at the community colleges when we ask for money, and they say, 'What are you doing to generate funds instead of relying on the Legislature all the time?'" Lyttle said. "So I got the sense some of the commissioners have heard that comment from legislators."

The board also approved the termination of Dr. Miles LaRowe's contract as interim president on Jan. 13, 2012, and approved an increase in the amount given to Schaffer for moving expenses from $7,500 to up to $10,000. The trustees voted to reimburse LaRowe for the salary owed to him under his contract and "actual expenses not to exceed $2,000."