BY MELANIE BUCK –
Phillip Wilson, President of Rich Mountain Community College, was a recent guest speaker at the Mena Lions Club. Wilson spoke about the pended merger of RMCC with the University of Arkansas. He explained the benefits of being in the UA umbrella. Having a diploma from UA stands on its own, but other benefits include cost sharing between institutions and remaining an independent campus. “The beauty in this relationship is that for the average student and employee, nothing changes,” said Wilson.
Wilson also explained that if the consolidation goes through, the current Board of Trustees will remain, but in a slightly different aspect. The Trustees would be converted to a Board of Visitors, each appointed positions, and would still help oversee the operations of the campus.
“We are the smallest community college in the state and that will not change,” Wilson added, “This is a good relationship to have.”
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