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Moffat County College board member stepping down

Time in office is ending for two members of the Moffat County college board, and at least one will not be seeking re-election.

Deciding not to run for office, Jennifer Riley, secretary of the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control and vice president of operations for Memorial Regional Health will step down from the board in November.

Board member Lois Wymore's term will also conclude in November, but she is currently considering running to retain her seat.

Both Wymore and Riley were appointed to the board in November of 2013.

The window is now open for people to petition to run for a seat on the board.

The college has provided two people with packets, but for elections to be held on Nov. 7, they will need more than two qualified candidates to submit petitions.

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"If they (the college board) only get one or two nominations they may appoint people to the board instead of holding an election," said Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod.

Board elections were last held in November of 2015 and they were the first elections for the college board in 20 years.

The five-member board oversees the distribution of local tax dollars that help district students to attend CNCC with free or reduced tuition, according to a description on the CNCC website.

They are currently crafting a ballot question to ask the community to increase taxes to support on-campus student housing in Craig.

Anyone interested in running for a place on the board must be a registered voter, reside within Moffat County, submit a notice of intention to be a candidate and a nomination petition signed by at least 50 registered voters residing in Moffat County.

We asked Riley to reflect on her time as a college board member, to tell us what's next for her and the challenges and opportunities she sees ahead for the school.

What were your goals in becoming a college board member?

Initially, my goal was to strengthen the existing partnerships between the college and other community partners, specifically the hospital. MRH already had a good working relationship with CNCC, and I wanted to ensure that it continued and grow where possible. After a year or so, I also became engaged in our discussion about adding on-campus housing.

Do you feel these goals were accomplished?

Certainly I've seen the college reach out into the community. There is a stronger-than-even partnership between CNCC and Moffat County School District, and the relationship that MRH has with CNCC has expanded to include adding a new program (Certified Medical Assistant), and a Transition to Practice Nursing program. This work was all done through the committed leadership of the college administrators including our Vice President Janell Oberlander.

What do you feel was your greatest accomplishment while on the board?

I don't look at achievements while on the board as individual accomplishments. As a board member, I contributed to the discussion and direction we are going, specifically with regard to housing. I think deciding to pursue a ballot measure to add housing is the most significant accomplishment for this board since I began four years ago.

What project/s do you feel are unfinished?

Housing – I will work to get this measure passed until November. If it does, the fun work really begins.

 Why have you decided against running for a seat in November?

I've got some personal commitments that will require more of my free time. Additionally, my daughter, Caroline is a junior in high school, and I want to focus on family, too.

What do you see as the next big challenge for the college board?

The budget. As with every single entity receiving tax dollars, the revenue is decreasing. The next board will have to work with the college administration to really prioritize programs that will drive enrollment.

 What advice do you have for the next board member/s?

Ask a lot of questions. Understanding this board's role and responsibilities is unique. This board has oversight only of the tax dollars collected in Moffat County. That's only one part of the revenue stream that funds this campus. It's complicated. We've got a new Chief Financial Officer, Scott Rust, who has done a great job drilling down and getting us information.

 Is there anything else you'd like readers to know about CNCC and/or the college board?

This campus has grown by leaps and bounds. The staff and faculty here are committed to student success. My daughter is enrolled in three classes this fall, and I'm confident it will be a tremendous learning experience for her. The leadership here on this campus has done a great job building relationships, working with Rangely and working with this Board. If you're passionate about education, this is a great opportunity to get involved.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

How to run for a place on the collage board

Two four-year term positions for the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control are open this year. Here’s what you need to know to become a candidate.

Who: Any registered voter residing within Moffat County who would like to serve on the college board.

What: A notice of intention to be a candidate and a nomination petition signed by at least 50 registered voters residing in Moffat County must be filed with Denise Mosher, Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District recorder and executive assistant to Vice President of Craig Campus-Student Services.

When: Paperwork is due by 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 29, elections are expected to be held on Nov. 7.

Where: Forms are available to be picked up now and must be returned to Denise Mosher at CNCC, 2801 West 9th St., Craig.

For more information: call Denise Mosher at 970-824-1109.