RANGER — Dr. Don Bostic of Long Island University was named executive vice president of Ranger College by the board of trustees Tuesday night, and he will be assigned to the Brown County campus.
“We feel very fortunate to have him,” Ranger College president Dr. Bill Campion said. “He will be at Brownwood… This will be a huge move for them, but he will be ready to be on the job no later than Sept. 1.”
Bostic has been dean of the School of Continuing Studies at the Brooklyn, N.Y., campus of Long Island University since March 2006. But he has had professional experience in Texas, having served as vice president of workforce development and lifelong learning at El Paso Community College from 1999 to 2003. He has also held administrative positions at Central Florida Community College in Ocala.
While a student at the University of Florida, he was captain of the basketball team, and he went on to coach basketball and tennis at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tampa.
Ranger College officials announced in July that a 16,872-square-foot space behind Burke’s Outlet at Heartland Mall in Early will be the site of the Brown County campus. Some classes are planned for the fall, and long-term goals include the construction of a stand-alone facility.
Campion said while Bostic will be based at the Brown County campus, he will also be involved in administration of the campus in Ranger as part of his duties.
“I don’t know if all of you are aware of the interview process that went on,” board chairman Doug Crawley said at the Tuesday meeting, which was also attended by several faculty and staff members. “Dr. Bostic was interviewed by staff members as well as board members in Ranger, and then was interviewed by community leadership in Brownwood and staff members.”
Board members handled several matters related to the new Brown County location Tuesday. Paul Waldrop Jr. of Waldrop Construction of Brownwood was chosen as the construction manager for the remodeling of the space at Heartland Mall, and Bill Arnquist of Dallas was hired as the architect for the project.
“This is by far the best candidate,” Campion said in endorsing Waldrop’s hiring. “Not that it should affect the decision, but in some ways, it also rights a previous wrong. Paul did all the preliminary work for our aborted project five years ago pro bono.”
Board members said Arnquist operates a solo architectural office, and told the board committee reviewing applications that if he “got the job today,” he “would be working on it tomorrow.”
Campion told the board that a meeting was planned in Brownwood this week to handle details regarding a program leading to an associates degree in nursing. He praised the cooperation of Brownwood Regional Medical Center CEO Matt Maxfield, officials with the City of Brownwood and the economic development corporation and members of the “Brownwood Mafia” for their assistance.
“They have become tremendous friends and allies,” Campion said. “People really know about Ranger College in Brownwood. I think Brown County has embraced Ranger College as their college and will continue to do so.”
Campion said Ranger College hopes to identify a dean for the nursing program as well as a consultant to lead the college through the approval process with the state nursing board. Personnel recommendations could go before the Ranger College board as soon as its Aug. 25 meeting.
“We’re told it might take 24 months to get (the associates nursing degree program) started, but we think we can do it in 18,” Campion said.
The college president added that his goal is to explore other programs in medicine, including those for respiratory therapists and X-ray technicians.
“We would like to roll out a program about every two years,” Campion told the board.
The board of trustees also approved Campion’s proposal to create a Brown County Advisory Committee. Campion said he envisions a 15-member panel including representatives appointed by the boards of each of the county’s seven school districts.
The campus in Brown County was not the only topic at Tuesday’s board meeting. Trustees approved the establishment of two programs in Stephenville at the invitation of Tarleton State University — cosmetology and LVN programs. They also authorized a Wind Energy Center curriculum, along with efforts to pursue funding from Ranger EDC and to search for an architect and construction manager for an energy technology building. In partnership with Texas State Technical College, Ranger would be able to offer certificates as well as Associate of Applied Science degree programs in wind energy at the Ranger campus.
Trustees will consider a budget for the coming year at their Aug. 25 meeting which will reflect the costs of the new programs, Campion said.
Crawley said the board is expected to consider a $1 million revenue bond at that meeting to help fund the Brown County expansion.
“We want to be sure we produce and do what we’ve promised to do and do a good job for them,” Crawley said.