New member to join FSCC trustees

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Mark McCoy

The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees will has one newcomer in the wake of Tuesday's election.

Local businessman Mark McCoy collected 1,416 votes in the race for three spots on the board -- the most of any of the four candidates -- to win his first term on the panel. Incumbents and longtime board members Robert Nelson and Jim Sather received 1,401 and 1,316 votes, respectively, to retain their seats.

McCoy said one of the first things he plans to do is learn more about his role and responsibilities as a board member.

Robert Nelson

"My first objective is to get a complete and full understanding of the role of board of trustees in order to be able to serve in that position to the best of my ability," he said. "Until you serve, you don't know the intricacies of running for office. I look forward to working with other board members and learn from them. I'm the new person."

McCoy added he plans to meet with other board members individually to help with his goal and he looks forward to "gaining knowledge and understanding."

Nelson, who has served 12 years on the board, said he is looking forward to his fourth term and is pleased with the direction the college is heading.

Jim Sather

"I'm pleased that people thought enough of what I'm doing to allow me to serve another term," he said. "I think the college is doing quite well in making progress and responding to the needs of students and the community. I'm quite pleased to be able to serve again."

McCoy reiterated that he had not thought about running for a position on the board before this year, and that he ran "to be a participant in the community."

"I'm pleased and honored to have so many people consider me worthy of voting for," he said. "I'm honored to be thought worthy of this position and look forward to serving in it."

McCoy added he wished to congratulate other individuals elected to various school board and city council seats throughout the county on Tuesday.

Nelson said he is proud of activities that have taken place at the college in recent years to help further the institution, such as the college's purchase of the former National Guard armory building last year, the addition of the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center two years ago, and the recent expansion of the Miami County Campus in Paola.

"I'm looking for continued progress of what we're doing," he said. "People are beginning to notice good things the college is doing."

Both men agreed that continued progress and helping to manage the college's budget well are top priorities for board members.

"Growth and the budget," McCoy said. "It's about how to manage the opportunity for growth and how to manage an effective budget."

McCoy said examples of the college's growth include increases in enrollment, new building projects, campus expansion and its programs in other communities.

Sather, a financial planner who has served on the board for eight years, is out of town on business this week and unavailable for comment.