Carol Merrell


In April 1974, my husband, Art, and I drove from Denver to Cheyenne to buy a house before he started a new job at the mental health center. I was seven months pregnant with our third child, and I had dreams of finishing my education. Art exited the highway at College Drive so he could drive me to the LCCC campus. I still look back and remember my early connections to LCCC. My classes began that fall, and I graduated in 1978. I received my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming in 1980. My volunteer activities have included: Safehouse, Downtown Development Authority, Parent Advisory Committee at Central High School, Youth Alternatives and my church. I am an active volunteer at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and serve on its Foundation Board.

Classes such as photography, public speaking, welding, art history and various other classes have enriched my life since graduation. Cultural events and LCCC performances have also drawn me to the college. My daughter, Kelly, graduated from LCCC in 1978, and my grandchildren enjoyed a SEEK program class this summer.

On the evening of Oct. 13, 2009, I was thrilled to be appointed as an LCCC trustee to fill a vacancy. LCCC has been a part of my life throughout the years, and I have felt honored to serve the college that has meant so much to me.

What motivated you to run for the LCCC Board of Trustees?

My decision to run was influenced by my board appointment Oct. 13, 2009. I would like to continue working on the projects we have started this past year, especially the student health care initiative.

Turning to statewide issues, what is your opinion of a community college funding source that taxes counties without a college by increasing the mill levy?

I agree with increasing the mill levy. Community colleges are available to all residents of Wyoming at the in-state tuition fee.

College classes can be accessed online and through distance learning programs so that anyone interested in higher learning can be accommodated. Increasing the mill levy in a county without a community college would potentially be a hardship to those residents living in that county.

What is your understanding of policy governance? Is it effective at LCCC? How can policy governance be used to bring about changes at the college?

Policy governance is the process by which LCCC is regulated.

It is effective and helps the college set long-term goals and monitors the progress in attaining those goals.

Policy governance includes the development of learning opportunities, monitors student progress and enhances the relationship between the college the community and business within the community. It also develops and oversees budgetary issues. Policy governance can bring about effective change to the college through goal setting and visionary changes.

Do you favor keeping the facility fee currently charged to students to finance the dining facility in order to construct more buildings on campus? What facility should be the next priority to be built?

I am in favor of the facility fee that is currently being charged to students to finance the dining facility, and I think it should remain in place for other projects after the dining hall is paid for. The future is about expansion and progress, and I foresee more buildings on campus as the need arises. I feel strongly that the students need to have an active voice in our choice of future projects. A fine arts building and a collaborative LCCC/UW building are buildings that have been mentioned as the building projects of the future.


Candidate Questions:

What motivated you to run for the LCCC Board of Trustees?

Turning to statewide issues, what is your opinion of a community college funding source that taxes counties without a college by increasing the mill levy?

What is your understanding of policy governance? Is it effective at LCCC? How can policy governance be used to bring about changes at the college?

Do you favor keeping the facility fee currently charged to students to finance the dining facility in order to construct more buildings on campus? What facility should be the next priority to be built?

Candidates

Tom Bauman

Bruce Curl

Kevin Kilty

Brenda Lyttle

George McIllvaine

Carol Merrell

Ed Mosher

Dale Reed