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College hires group for analysis, search

During the past couple of months, the Yavapai College Governing Board enlisted the help of a national organization to perform an institutional analysis and to help find a new college president.

In an attempt to find causes and solutions to some of the employee-related problems at the college, the board hired the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a national nonprofit organization that represents college and university governing boards.

The mission of the ACCT (at www.acct.org) is to promote effective board governance through advocacy and education.

Yavapai College Board Member Donna Michaels has worked with the ACCT in the past and at an Aug. 27 meeting, the board directed then-President Doreen Dailey to begin negotiations with the ACCT for an institutional analysis contract.

At a Sept. 23 press conference, Michaels announced that the ACCT would come to the college to host open forums during the week of Oct. 20. When the date neared, The Daily Courier learned that no one from the college had requested money to pay the ACCT for those services.

A contract dated Aug. 30 stated that the college would pay ACCT $10,000 for "on-going technical assistance by phone or electronic communication and two site visits: a one-day visit by the Vice President and ACCT consultant to meet with the Board of Trustees and President, and a second visit (if needed).

"In addition, should the Board desire to have ACCT conduct an environmental scan through focus groups with college constituencies and external stakeholders to compile information and provide additional advice there would be an additional fee."

The ACCT helped the Yavapai College Governing Board find an interim replacement for Dailey, who resigned Oct. 12.

Three representatives from the ACCT visited Yavapai College during the week of Nov. 9, and conducted open forums on both the Prescott and the Clarkdale campuses.

At that time, they said they planned on interviewing individuals before completing a report and possibly recommendations to the board and to other employee groups.

During the Yavapai College Governing Board's Dec. 14 meeting, Interim President Michael T. Murphy, Ed.D. said he expects the ACCT's report after the new year.

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