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Parkland College Board Swears in New Trustees

Board of Trustees General Meeting, April 28

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Parkland College's Board of Trustees has accepted the results of the April 6 municipal elections, swearing in four trustees.

During their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees administered the oath of office to Timothy Johnson, Maureen Banks, Jarrett Clem, and Jim Voyles. Voyles was appointed during a special meeting Tuesday night following Trustee Jonathan Westfield's resignation from the board in March. Voyles will serve until the next election in April 2023.

Banks and Clem will serve for six years. The board also completed its annual election of officers: Trustee Bianca Green was elected Chairman, Trustee Jim Voyles was elected Vice-Chairman, and Trustee Jim Ayers was elected Secretary.

After the swearing-in ceremony, President Tom Ramage gave his report to the board. Special acknowledgement went to the success of the Parkland athletic teams this month. In short succession, the golf team won its fourth consecutive Mid-West Athletic Conference championship; women's basketball placed third overall in the DII NJCAA National Tournament; and the volleyball team took NJCAA DII Runner-up honors for the season with an impressive 33-2 record.

Trustees also appointed Mason Madigan as the new full-time Parkland College Peace Officer. Madigan was hired earlier this month following nearly a year of service with the Champaign Police Department. Originally from Lincoln, Illinois, he graduated from SIUE and completed his basic police training at the U of I Police Training Institute in 2020. He will complete his field training at Parkland within the next couple of months.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of: 

    • simulation equipment and software from Intelligent Video Solutions, $25,903

    • five-year lease and upgrade to Xerox machines, $330,000

    • bid from Diamond Design & Construction for renovation of exterior siding and systems, $307,880

    • bid from Getinge Sales USA for steam sterilizer and reverse osmosis filtration system, $50,974

  • the filing of the following grant applications: 

    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): General Operating Support (GOS) Grant

    • Illinois State Library/Secretary of State: Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant (Project READ)

    • Illinois State Library/Secretary of State: Penny Severns Family Literacy Program

    • Illinois Community College Faculty Association: Dr. Joseph T. Cipfl Faculty Research Grant

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources: 

    • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program--Education and Workforce Development Program

    • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Alexis Grady-Coburn, TRiO/SWFT

    • Nathan Knipfer, Campus Technologies

    • Virginia McMath, TRiO

    • Paula Prather, Admissions

    • Anna Runck, Admissions

    • Peyton Abernathy, Public Safety

    • Mason Madigan, Public Safety

Parkland Board Selects James Voyles as Trustee in Special Meeting

Board of Trustees appoints James Voyles as new Trustee in special meeting

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees has appointed Mr. James Voyles to fill a vacant seat on the board.

In a special meeting held Tuesday, Voyles was chosen to replace former trustee Jonathan Westfield, who stepped down in March of 2021. Voyles will serve as trustee until the next election in April 2025.

Voyles was elected to the Parkland Board of Trustees in April 2015 and currently serves as Vice Chair. Before retiring and joining Parkland as Trustee, Voyles was the superintendent of Tuscola CUSD #301 for 15 years.

Voyles will be sworn in at the Board's regular meeting on Wednesday, April 28.

Parkland Trustee Steps Down, Board Sets Date For Vacancy Discussion

Westfield steps down as Parkland Trustee

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Mr. Jonathan Westfield has announced his resignation from the Board of Trustees of Parkland College, District 505, leaving a vacancy.

Westfield was appointed as a Parkland Trustee in October 2017 to replace a resigning member, then elected to a six-year term from 2019-2025. Mr. Westfield is a retired Champaign Police Officer and former Champaign Unit 4 School District board member. During his tenure as Trustee, he frequently called on his experience working with youth in the community and participated in community college advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels.

"We wish Mr. Westfield well in his future endeavors and have appreciated and benefited from his contributions as a Trustee of Parkland College," said President Thomas Ramage.

The Board of Trustees has set a special meeting for April 14, following the upcoming election, to discuss next steps to fill the vacancy in closed session. The individual selected to fill the vacancy will serve until the next regular election in April 2023 per state statute.

Questions can be directed to Krystal Garrett at 217/351-2533 or

Trustees Approve New Career Certificate, NSF Grant

Board of Trustees General Meeting, March 10

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Parkland College plans to launch a new Mental Health Certificate career program and use a new National Science Foundation grant to boost its nationally ranked Precision Agriculture program.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Board of Trustees received President Tom Ramage's report that the College has received its fifth NSF grant for the "Expanding Precision Agriculture Education and Certification to Secondary Students" project.

EPASS will build on the success of two prior NSF projects in Precision Agriculture and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in developing pathways for secondary students to earn college credentials while gaining hands-on industry experience. The $581,377 grant project will start July 1, 2021 and continue through June 30, 2024.

After voting to approve application of funds, the board approved the new Mental Health Certificate program, a two-course, industry-recognized certificate that will train entry-level mental health and social service workers.

Upon completing the five-credit-hour certificate, students will acquire the skills necessary to enter full- or part-time mental health support professional roles. These skills include therapeutic communication and de-escalation techniques; identification of signs and symptoms of mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities; and certification in mental health first aid, among others. Parkland's Social Science and Human Services department will offer the program.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:

    • digital marketing services from Clarus Corporation, $190,000

    • consulting services from McKenzie-Wagner, $130,000

    • renewal of Zoom Software, $33,000

    • services and courses from ProTrain, $70,000

    • safety training services of Grey & Associates, $30,000

    • services and courses of Black Rocket Productions, $25,000

    • training services from Rock Gate Capital, DBA 160 Driving Academy, $40,000

  • the bid from Intelligent Video Solutions for software and audiovisual equipment, $38,252

  • personnel appointments:

    • Jared Ping, Interim Director of Public Safety, Public Safety

    • Amanda Gilbert-Mohler, Bookstore Specialist, Bookstore

    • Myriah Benner-Coogan, Advising Program Manager, Counseling and Advising

Parkland Trustees Approve Tuition Freeze, Policy Updates

Board of Trustees general meeting, February 17, 2021

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Parkland College plans to keep next year's base tuition rates the same as 2020-2021.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees announced that effective summer session 2021, Parkland's in-district rates will remain at $148.50 per credit hour (all Tier One courses) through the 2021-2022 academic year. This recommendation followed the annual Budget Workshop for Parkland Trustees led by Chief Financial Officer Christopher Randles.

"Parkland is an outstanding value, offering substantial return on investment for students ready to take the next step in their academic journey or career path," said President Ramage. "Holding our tuition rates flat for this upcoming year demonstrates our commitment to remaining affordable and competitive, particularly during this challenging time. We are making this possible through tight fiscal management and with unanimous support from our Board of Trustees."

The board also approved new changes to the Policy and Procedures Manual, as presented at its last meeting by the Parkland College Association. Policies updated include 3.01 (Federal Title IX Law) and 9.07 (Sabbatical policy).

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the 2021-2022 Course Fee Schedule

  • a memorandum of understanding between Parkland College, the Illinois Community College Board, and District 505 schools for a dual-credit program fee structure

  • the purchase of:

    • ALEKS PPL testing units from McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings LLC, $60,000

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO): Manufacturing Training Academies

  • acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • National Science Foundation (NSF): Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

    • U.S. Department of Education: CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (CRRSAA allocation)

    • U.S. Department of Education: CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): Institutional Portion (CRRSAA allocation)

  • personnel appointments:

    • Julia Hawthorne, Director of Advising Services, Advising Services

    • Joshua Houston, Building Systems Lead, Physical Plant

    • Cindy Reynolds, Administrative Assistant, Health Professions