LCCC has a master plan and a strategic plan.

What do you like about both plans and what would change,
if anything, that would enhance both plans?

Editor’s note: Don Erickson’s answer to this question was combined with the question about the facilities plan on the previous page.

Misty Heil

Misty Heil

As far as the strategic plan goes, I believe it is outdated; though it was targeted toward 2015, there have been many economic, cultural and social changes since then, and the college itself has been through several changes in administrative philosophy and orientation toward the future. An update would look at these factors and how the strategic plan can better align with these shifts in mindset and incorporate the new shared governance model that the college is now moving toward. This would include input and feedback from all members of the college community. I think the current master plan includes significant campus involvement, input and feedback and is well-oriented toward the direction and priorities of the college as a whole. I was fortunate to be included on the Campus Advisory Committee, which aided in the planning of this document and think this plan is truly created by the campus, for the campus. We all worked together in communicating campus needs, student needs and individual ideas to create a plan that required compromise from everyone involved.

Christine Lummis

Christine Lummis

What I like about the LCCC master plan and the strategic plan is they both drive LCCC into the future. I appreciate and agree with them both. As a potential new board member, I have much to learn. Commenting and criticizing at this point are not wise.

Ed Mosher

Ed Mosher

The board is working to update and make our current strategic plan more functional as a tool to use in driving budget and facilities decisions. As with any plan, they really, in my mind, should serve as a guide....these plans need to change as our student and community needs change. Both will need our attention to maintain course and help in making course adjustments. The strategic plan currently needs significant work. The current board is processing actions to rework the strategic plan.

Dave Shaul

Dave Shaul

On the strategic plan, I think the commitment to shared governance (i.e. decision making) is a good idea and long overdue for an institutional culture that was feudal and oppressive; this “culture of fiefdom” was exposed during the Hammon debacle. By allowing people involved (students, instructors, and staff-and I include administrators in the latter category) to participate in decision making, they become (potential) stakeholders in a community. I think shared governance should be extended. Academic unit chairs should be elected by the instructors of each academic unit (as is the general practice at colleges and universities) for a limited term. Instructors and adjuncts should have contracts.  On the master plan, much of this topic is already covered in the question about facilities:  The master plan is largely a map of an expanded physical campus. New buildings (and companion traffic and parking construction) need to be justified by measurable student need.

Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas

The LCCC Master Plan addresses facilities for programs and activities of the college for the next 20–25 years. Again, I was one of the major players in getting the current plan updated and think it is a great tool to keep the college focused and moving forward. I hope it will be used on a continuous basis to provide the framework for specific facility projects. I also hope the board and college will not be afraid to make necessary changes when strategic priorities do not align with the plan. The college’s strategic plan has been in place for a couple of years with very little changes being made. It needs to be updated, and a system needs to be put in place to keep it focused on the college’s mission and priorities. We are planning to hire a new member of the executive management team to take responsibility for the plan and the process so it can be a dynamic and effective tool used in managing college business at all levels.

Editor's note:

The Wingspan staff asked each of the candidates for Lramie County Community College trustees five questios about who they are, why they are running for the board and what they think about the key issues. Read their responses and get to know the candidates in this special section.

Bill Dubois did not respond to the questionnaire.

Don Erickson's answer to this question was combined with the question about the facilities plan on the previous page.

The questions are:

Give us some brief biographical information.

What influenced your decision to run for the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees?

LCCC has recently submitted a facilities plan for the college. What are you views on the plan? What concerns do you have about the plan? What you would alter either to add or subtract from the current plan?

LCCC has a master plan and a strategic plan. What do you like about both plans and what would change, if anything, that would enhance both plans?

What role should a trustee play in a comprehensive community college?