New president scores hat trick


Jennifer Byrd
Editor in Chief

Dr. Jeanie Webb stepped into her new role as the seventh president of the college this summer.
While most students were on break, President Webb was strategizing a game plan for her new
position.

Dr. Webb announces three victories in her presidential address at Convocation: Commencement of “CAP” projects that acquiesce to higher education’s rapid evolution in the Digital Age, a 2% raise for faculty, and the return of varsity soccer. Photograph by: Jennifer Byrd

Dr. Webb announces three victories in her presidential address at Convocation: Commencement of “CAP” projects that acquiesce to higher education’s rapid evolution in the Digital Age, a 2% raise for faculty, and the return of varsity soccer.
Photograph by: Jennifer Byrd

One of her largest tasks is to oversee the multitude of projects funded by a $22 million bond
issue. Known as the “Campus Advancement Plan”, passed by voters in March, the money will be
used to update technology and infrastructure, renovate the Aquatic Center, and expand the
Learning Resource Center.

Looking ahead

Webb’s goal is to have all projects completed within two years. “The pool could be completed in
6 months, but the LRC is a huge project, so that could be a process of a couple years.” The
concept of the LRC’s dramatic renovation is to make it a technology driven hub of campus life.
Other new initiatives the college is rolling out include more online programs, more academic
opportunities through the adult degree completion program, Reach Higher, and the return of
varsity soccer.

“The student senate put legislation through to start a soccer program and increase the student
activity fee by $1.50, so that will help pay for the soccer program. We’re starting to design the field right now. Our hope is to do a sports complex and have the soccer field by the baseball and
softball fields. It’s something the students really want and I think it’s going to be exciting,”
Webb said.

The President’s priorities

After learning of her promotion, Webb, her husband Roger and their daughter, Anna Grace, had
to make some adjustments. Not only did they cancel their vacation plans, the family moved to
Midwest City. Webb now lives less than 10 minutes from campus.
“I love and believe strongly in this community. I’ve been very active here and I will continue
that. This is a great area with a good reputation,” Webb said.

 

Colleges improve students’ lives

A former student of NEO A&M, a community college in Miami, Oklahoma, Webb knows first
hand the importance of community colleges. She said without the scholarship it provided to her,
she might not have been able to start post-secondary education.
When asked how it felt to come full circle from a student to president, Webb said, “It’s
wonderful. A community college is absolutely where I want to be, because they are the ones that
changed my life.”

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