STEUBENVILLE - Eastern Gateway Community College President Laura Meeks' contact was extended to June 2014 during the regular board of trustees meeting last week
"The board is working toward the long-term success of the institution. That's our first priority. The trustees acknowledged the fact that the institution will undergo significant transition in board and presidential leadership," said John Gilmore, chair chairperson.
"Laura Meeks guided the process that took the college from serving one county to a four-county district and lead the implementation of the expansion from Jefferson Community College to Eastern Gateway. And as the board reflected on the future, the trustees determined the value of continuing with her leadership," noted Gilmore.
Meeks agreed to extend her services to the community college, and the vote was unanimous, Gilmore said.
"She excepted the challenge, and the board looks forward to continuing its relationship with this great leader," added Gilmore.
Eastern Gateway Community College offers classes at seven locations throughout Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Gilmore said under Meeks' 13-year tenure, the college's enrollment has grown nearly 60 percent and grant funding awarded for programs and projects at the college exceeds $25 million.
The institution as a whole has expanded to include dozens of new employees. Additionally, the college gained statewide and national attention for the work accomplished in student success in the Achieving the Dream movement and other programs, he said.
According to Gilmore, the board identified several priorities including:
Improve communication at all levels of the institution.
Consider steps that will prepare the institution for board and presidential transition.
Maintain and enhance the strong partnerships the college has developed with community, business and industry leaders as well as elected officials.
Manage the continuing growth.
Demonstrate its commitment to all the campuses.