The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees reorganized on Tuesday during its first meeting of 2018, where newly elected board member Leonard Hitz was sworn in, and chairman and representative positions were elected.

Hitz joins trustees Steve Martinez, Jeff Crist, Terri Worf, as well as Merilyn Douglass and Blake Wasinger, who were re-elected to the board and also sworn in on Tuesday.

During the reorganization, Wasinger was appointed to the clerk of the trustees while Crist was appointed to serve as the Kansas Association of Community Colleges KACCT representative. The KACCT representative seat for GCCC previously was filled by former trustee Melvin Neufeld.

Martinez will remain the chairman of the board as the college’s Finney County Economic Development Corp. representative. Worf will remain the vice-chairwoman.

College President Dr. Herbert Swender is the secretary of the board, Debbie Atkinson is the deputy clerk, GCCC Executive Vice President Dee Wigner is the treasurer, Dallas Crist is the designated agent for KPERS, and Wigner is the alternate, and Jeff Crist is the designated endowment representative.

In other business:

• During his FCEDC report, Martinez said a microbrewery is in the works downtown, though it is still in the early stages. He said it will be located in the old Bike Rack building, 207 N Main St.

Martinez also noted that the FCEDC’s annual meeting will be at 11 a.m. in the Endowment Room of the Beth Tedrow Student Center at GCCC on Wednesday.

• The college’s new employees were introduced, which include: Lawrence Jenkins, nursing instructor; Lyle Lobmeyer, skilled maintenance; Erik Montoya, groundskeeper; Mark Scheopner, fine arts secretary; Lauren Rockhold, coordinator of student Activities; and Christian Powell, campus police officer.

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