Trustees Renew President's Contract

Sheridan College President Paul Young prepares to make his report to Northern Wyoming Community College District trustees. From left are Young, Gillette College Advisory Board Chairman Nathan McLeland, NWCCD Trustee Robert Leibrich, Vice Chairman R. Scott Ludwig, and Chairwoman Kati Sherwood. (Pat Blair Photo)
Sheridan College President Paul Young prepares to make his report to Northern Wyoming Community College District trustees. From left are Young, Gillette College Advisory Board Chairman Nathan McLeland, NWCCD Trustee Robert Leibrich, Vice Chairman R. Scott Ludwig, and Chairwoman Kati Sherwood. (Pat Blair Photo)

The trustees of the Northern Wyoming Community College District renewed the contract of Sheridan College President Paul Young at a meeting Thursday afternoon.

Renewal was based on an evaluation given to the president by trustees at the meeting on Oct. 14. Board Chairwoman Kati Sherwood said trustees were pleased with Young's performance as president. The college district administers Sheridan College, the campus in Gillette and an outreach program in Buffalo.

Trustees also approved a resolution that will provide temporary assistance for students who are veterans in event of a future federal government shutdown, like the one earlier in the month.

The Sheridan College president told the board the college had carried veteran students during the shutdown, allowing them to attend classes, even though their federal benefits had been suspended. But, he said, the resolution should be in place in case of future shutdowns.

The resolution would allow students who are veterans to register for, and attend classes, and would provide temporary advances of suspended federal government veterans education funds from college foundation funds. The student would be asked to repay the funds, without interest, after benefit payments are restored.

Trustees met in the afternoon, so members could attend an evening meeting of the Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services. In other action, trustees appointed businessman Ken Thorpe as an at-large member to the Sheridan Education & Economic Development Association Board.

The college board is a member of the association along with the city of Sheridan and Sheridan County School District 2. All three must approve at-large members to the association board.

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