It was West Shore Community College’s First President, Dr. John Eaton, who rang in Monday's Board of Trustees Meeting. Jeff Brogren was named staff member of the 2016 fall semester for his 31 years of dedication to detail, and consistent work to maintain the campus.
The board accepted a donation of pipette, test-tube and glassware from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, saving the college from using operational funds to pay for science and chemistry lab materials.
President Urban welcomed West Shore's first President, Dr. John Eaton, by acknowledging minutes from the board meeting which occurred 50 years ago in 1967. Dr. Eaton spoke of the challenges of the early board, including transitioning board members, and earning the respect of the community and legislators.
He also reflected upon the partnership with St. Mary’s, now known as West Shore Medical Center, in which they hosted nursing students in the basement of the hospital, providing the first steps towards the strong nursing program West Shore has today.
Dr. Eaton concluded his statement by reflecting upon the growth of the College and the community foundation.
The board then moved onto discussion of their ongoing efforts to receive a new accreditation for the college. There was discussion regarding what qualifications will be required for professors under this new accreditation, due to the increasing threshold of educational requirements to become a professor. The next Board of Trustees meeting will be April 17th at 5pm off campus at the West Shore Educational Service District.