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Daryl Harris, Trustee William M. White

Daryl Harris receives his five-year service pin from Trustee William M. White

Jennifer Wolf, Trustee Beth Cripe

Jennifer Wolf accepts her five-year service pin from Trustee Beth Cripe

Board of Trustees Meets at, Tours Niles Campus

Published on November 11, 2021 - 10 a.m.

The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees met Nov. 10 at the Niles campus for its regular meeting. Daryl Harris of Mishawaka and Jennifer Wolf of Niles were recognized for five years of service to the college.

Trustees received the annual audit and financial statements from Plante Moran. Board Chair Tom Jerdon noted, “This audit is clean, and demonstrates that the college has financially weathered the COVID-19 pandemic. This is thanks to conservative budgeting and various federal relief funds.”

In other action, the Board approved the 2023 Five Year Capital Outlay Master Plan and the Lyons Building Renovation Project Request, both of which are filed with the State of Michigan. Trustees graciously acknowledged $5,575 given to the Southwestern Michigan College Foundation, and approved $2,115 given directly to the college. 

The Board met in closed session for President Dr. Joe Odenwald’s annual performance review. Chairman Jerdon noted, “It was a productive discussion, as Dr. Joe has led admirably the past two years. He’s obviously committed to moving the needle for the college and himself with each passing year.”

Following the meeting, members were able to get a glimpse of the many investments made to the Niles Area Campus, including the extensive chemistry lab renovation which was completed this past summer.