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MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to extend President Josh Bullock's employment contract.

Lake Land hired Bullock to start serving as president on July 1, 2013, and subsequently extended his contract in 2015. The board voted unanimously, with Trustee Bruce Owen absent, on Monday to extend Bullock's contract through June 30, 2021.

Board Chairman Dave Storm said the board has been pleased with Bullock’s performance as president and appreciates his leadership for Lake Land. Storm said Bullock has done an excellent job fostering continued growth and innovation, while ensuring stability during the recent multi-year state budget impasse.

"By extending Dr. Bullock’s contract, the board demonstrated its commitment to the long-term, strategic direction of the college and its support for his continued leadership into the foreseeable future,” Storm said.

The contract extension followed the board's annual performance review of the president. This document reported that the board has established three top goals for the president in fiscal year 2018 -- expand the marketing program; identify new sources of revenue to offset anticipated state funding reductions; and continue to develop innovative partnerships with community stakeholder businesses, industry and schools.

As part of the contract extension, Bullock's annual salary has been increased from $210,000 per year to $218,400 per year.

In other matters, the board approved the reappointment of Lake Land's division chairs for 2018-19. The division chairs are Ryan Orrick, Agriculture Division; Karla Hardiek, Allied Health Division; Kathy Black, Business Division; Salisa Hortenstine-Olmsted, Humanities and Communications Division; Ike Nwosu, Math and Science Division; and Charles Jarrell, Social Science and Education Division.

The trustees also learned that the administration will recommend an appointment for a Technology Division chair at an upcoming meeting. Joe Tillman is currently this chair.

Bullock said that when Tillman accepted the Technology Division chair position, he agreed to serve in the role for three years. Bullock said Tillman's commitment will conclude at the end of this academic year and he will then return to his full-time faculty role at the college.

"Joe has performed admirably as division chair and we truly appreciate the commitment he has given to the role. Under his leadership, the college worked with local business and industry partners to strengthen its technology programs and ensure graduates are prepared to meet the region’s skilled workforce needs. The college is currently working to select a replacement,” Bullock said.

The board also reviewed a request by Trustee Mike Sullivan to rename the Zero Energy Building as Lensink Hall in honor of Scott Lensink, the college’s sixth president. Lensink died on Dec. 5, 2016, at age 58 after a battle with cancer.

Per board policy, Storm appointed a Naming Advisory Committee to consider Sullivan's request. The committee will be comprised of trustees Owen, Meg Steward and Doris Reynolds as voting members; and President Bullock and College Advancement Executive Director Jackie Joines as advisory members. Storm said the Naming Advisory Committee will plan to meet in April.

Other actions taken by the board included:

  • Purchasing a wide path mower from MTI Distributing, Inc. of Berkeley, Mo., for $52,422.
  • Hiring T. Ham Sign Inc. for $48,709 to to provide and install a digital marquee sign near the main campus entrance.
  • Purchasing global positioning system equipment for the college's Civil Engineering Technology Program from Seiler Instrument Co. of St. Louis for $27.666.

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