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7/15/2014 7:57:00 PM
Perey pursues college advisory committee plans
James Perey
James Perey

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

VERDE VALLEY -- Area municipalities are once again being called upon to nominate members of a committee advising Yavapai College Verde Campus Dean James Perey.

The process was stalled until last week, Perey said, to make sure the Campus Advisory Committee's goals didn't overlap with those of a separate group forming to serve the governing board.

While the governing board deals with policy, the CAC would focus on the Verde Campus' specific offerings.

"The CAC that I'm forming; that's boots on the ground," Perey said. "What I'm looking for is individual people to help build that plan."

Perey is reaffirming his request for nominations this week to fill his advisory group. He asked Sedona, Camp Verde, Sedona and Clarkdale municipal governments to recommend up to four people from diverse backgrounds.

For the sake of uniformity, Perey said mayors and city or town managers were contacted to make the recommendations. Bill Regner, Clarkdale councilman and liaison to the college, was not initially involved in the CAC discussions.

"If municipalities decide to put someone in who is a liaison, that's fine," Perey said. "The intent was to be inclusive and not be exclusive."

About 13 people from this pool of candidates will end up sitting on the committee. College students, staff, faculty and the four municipal governments will each have at least one representative, as will the local K-12 community.

"I'm trying to build a team here than can kind of set the course for the next five to 10 years," Perey said.

Once they begin meeting, the group will gather input, look at data, and determine what needs are prevalent in the community, and recommend programming to fill those needs.

"My intent and the focus this first year is to give an overview of where the campus is right now, what types of enrollments we have, this is the current picture," he said. "Then the discussion with this group becomes, where do we see ourselves going."

A Verde campus advisory committee did exist as of 2005, Perey said, though he doesn't know why it disbanded. This new CAC is meant to be long-standing.

Perey said he plans to have the group's membership set by the start of the fall semester. There are still details to decide, like terms for each seat.

"This is not just something that we're forming in the face of any kind of challenges that we have currently in the community, but one that's going to offer input and help me and the college and the campus set direction," he said.

From there, Perey said he can set a timeline for accomplishing those program goals and start looking for ways to fund them.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: It seems to me:

Mayors Von Gausig and Joens have the right instincts.

This is a Yavapai College committee, and qualified community representatives are in short supply. It's Dean Perey's job to define what members sitting on this committee should look like, research the field (including but not limited to suggestions from municipalities on where to look), contact possibilities, and make the final selection among those willing to serve.

Not only is a good job of this time consuming, and an honest job politically sensitive, if conducted solely by Yavapai College, the final selections will give the Verde Valley community an excellent means to judge Dean Perey's sincerity.

"Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them."

Trust being in equally short supply these days, Dean Perey should take every opportunity to start this advisory panel off on the highest note possible.

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