Two CWC representatives attend last board meeting

Nov 18, 2012 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Board member Frank Welty was defeated in the general election, and board chairwoman Caroline Mills decided to resign earlier this year.

Two representatives attended their last meeting as members of the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees this week.

Frank Welty of Dubois ran for re-election this year but was defeated by newcomer Heather Christensen. Welty has held his post since he was elected in 2008, serving as board secretary and representative to the CWC Foundation and CWC's Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services group. He also attended campus events and has participated in state and national trustee seminars.

"I found serving on the board interesting and educational," Welty said Wednesday after accepting his award for service. "I certainly wish the college going forward all the best."He encouraged his colleagues remaining on the board to be careful when spending money in the future.

"The state and probably the federal government are going to be severely restricting the amount of money available, not only for institutions like ours, but for institutions across the board," Welty said.

Wednesday marked board chairwoman Caroline Mills's last meeting as well. She decided to resign this year after serving the board since 2004, and she will be replaced by Carlton Underwood who was elected in November to fill her position.

In 2009 Mills was elected vice chairwoman of the board, and she moved to chair the group in 2011.

"She's supposed to serve one more year," Trustee Charlie Krebs joked.

He will take Mills's place as board chairman next month.

Mills also served as CWC's BOCHES representative for four years, and for five years she was part of the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees. She attended meetings with state and national leaders to discuss issues relevant to community colleges, and last month she earned a regional equality award from the national Association of Community College Trustees in Washington, D.C.

"She also faithfully attended campus events," Krebs said. "She has been a passionate and faithful supporter of the college and our students. We're going to miss you very much."

Mills plans to remain a part of the "CWC family" by continuing her work with students working to achieve their General Educational Development degree.

"I'm a supporter of higher education," Mills said. "I'll still be around."

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