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2/6/2014 1:37:00 PM
Yavapai College board holds first meeting since recent resignation
By Patrick Whitehurst
Contributing Reporter

PRESCOTT -- Yavapai College Governing Board members met for their first official meeting following the abrupt departure of board member Robert Oliphant on Tuesday afternoon.

Oliphant resigned in late January over concerns about the college's new 10-year master plan.

Tuesday, Yavapai College Governing Board Chairman Ray Sigafoos expressed his regret over the resignation.

"I think Bob gave us new insight into our decision-making process and it was a welcome change in certain respects," Sigafoos said. "Those insights were valuable to me at times and, I believe, most of the other members of the board. We didn't always agree with the things that Bob said, but he kept his focus and I'm going to miss him."

Sigafoos went on to explain the procedures, coordinated through the Yavapai County School Superintendent's Office, to fill the vacancy from the Verde Valley. The position, depending on qualified candidates, could be filled by the end of the month, according to college officials.

Oliphant originally joined the board to provide a voice for the Verde Valley and the Yavapai College campus sites located there. He served on the board for a year and a half prior to his resignation.

When board members approved the 10-year master plan in December, Oliphant was the only member to vote against it. The plan calls for a number of changes in the Verde Valley near Cottonwood and Sedona, the area Oliphant represents. Changes include the closure of the digital film school at the Yavapai College Sedona campus and the relocation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

In January, Oliphant said he became disillusioned with his work on the board.

"I concluded after the December vote on the $100 million development funding that all the work I was putting into it was pretty hopeless. Ninety-nine percent of development funding over the next 10 years is going specifically to the west side of the county, in Prescott and Prescott Valley," Oliphant said.

Other topics discussed during the Tuesday meeting included a summary of the college's preliminary capital budget plans, the college's marketing efforts and other topics.

Follow reporter Patrick Whitehurst on Twitter @pwdcourier

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