LCC Transition Team Holds First Meeting

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At its first meeting, the transition team heard progress reports regarding specific transitional tasks in such areas as information technology, budget, human resources, facilities, accounting and payroll, student affairs, public relations, housing, campus services, and faculty.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2004) -- A transition team that is guiding the transfer of governing responsibility for Lexington Community College (LCC) from the University of Kentucky to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) held its first meeting Wednesday, May 19.

Transfer of LCC’s governance was mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly by House Joint Resolution 214, adopted in March 2004 and signed by the governor on April 2. The UK Board of Trustees earlier voted to recommend such action.

The transition team includes three members appointed by UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., three members named by LCC President James Kerley, and three members appointed by KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.

Team members are Keith Bird, KCTCS chancellor; Beverly Haverstock, KCTCS general counsel; Ken Walker, KCTCS vice president; Sandy Carey, LCC dean of academic affairs; Jim Kerley, LCC President; Tri Roberts, LCC associate dean for academics and off-campus education; Barbara Jones, acting university counsel at UK; Mike Nietzel, UK provost; and Dick Siemer, UK executive vice president for finance and administration.

At its first meeting, the transition team heard progress reports regarding specific transitional tasks in such areas as information technology, budget, human resources, facilities, accounting and payroll, student affairs, public relations, housing, campus services, and faculty.

Walker, KCTCS vice president, said LCC faculty and staff members have had many opportunities to hear about their salary and benefit options in meetings held at the college in recent weeks.

Faculty and staff members who decide to remain in the UK program this year will receive the 1 percent pay raise to be given at UK and can continue participating in the UK health benefits programs, Walker explained. Those who “opt over” to KCTCS faculty and staff benefits will receive a $1,100 pay increase or 2 percent of their pay, whichever is greater, and will be entitled to participate in state health benefits programs, he added.

A Web site with more detailed information about the transition program is expected to be online in the near future.

The transition team will meet again in mid-June to continue to work on a memorandum of agreement between UK and KCTCS.


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