WCCC President Daniel Obara bids farewell to board; trustees approve 2014-15 budgets

Date Published: June 30, 2014

Westmoreland County Community College President Daniel J. Obara bid farewell to the board of trustees at the Wednesday, June 25 meeting as he ends his five-year tenure in the college’s top post.

He will retire June 30 following a 50-year career in education that included positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County and WCCC.

In his remarks to the board, Obara said, “At all institutions my overarching goal has been to enable individuals to achieve their educational goals and become more productive, self-actualized persons.”

Obara was appointed WCCC president in April 2009 after serving for 13 years as the college’s vice president for academic affairs and student services.

During his presidency, the college recorded its highest enrollment in 2010 and largest graduating class (1,050 graduates) in May. The college also began construction of a 73,500-square-foot Advanced Technology Center at RIDC-Westmoreland which will be completed this summer and a new 30,000-square-foot education center in Latrobe. The president also spearheaded a successful capital campaign that raised $31.2 million in public and private funds for the new facilities and student scholarships.

“Serving as president of Westmoreland County Community College has been the highpoint of my career,” Obara said.

He will be replaced July 1 by Dr. Tuesday Stanley who most recently served as the vice chancellor of student development, enrollment management and administrative services at Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, and was appointed WCCC’s seventh president by the board of trustees in April.

“I wish all of you and Dr. Stanley continued success in advancing our students and the college.”

In regular business, the board adopted the college’s 2014-15 operating and capital budgets which are unchanged from the preliminary budgets the trustees approved for review in May.

The balanced operating budget lists revenues and expenditures of $38,530,824, a decrease of approximately 0.5 percent from the 2013-14 budget. The new budget is based on even enrollment and level funding from the state and the county.

The capital budget of $6,761,337 includes spending for debt service, leases, building renovations and equipment.

In other business, the board took the following action:

  • Approved the renewal of the college’s liability insurance coverage effective July 1 through June 30, 2015 for liability and educators’ legal liability to A. J. Gallagher for $141,558 and workers’ compensation to First National Insurance Agency for $116,054;
  • Awarded a contract for the purchase of 103 Dell Optiplex 3020 minitower microcomputers, software and maintenance agreement for $79,310 to Advanticom;
  • Awarded a contract for the purchase of 11 Microsoft Surface Pro 3, 128GB tablets, covers, keyboards and flash drives for $12,499.96 from CDW Government with KIZ Grant funds;
  • Awarded a contract for the renewal of the phone system maintenance agreement to Unify, Inc. (formerly Siemens) for $22,584.1;.
  • Authorized the purchase of the Blackboard Analytics Learn Modules and support for $15,325.50 to Blackboard, Inc.;
  • Approved payment to EBSCO for online databases and subscription services for the library effective July 1 to June 30, 2015 for $56,046.52;
  • Awarded a contract for the printing and mail processing of the fall 2014 credit tabloid to Knepper Press for $16,575;
  • Awarded the fiscal year 2014-15 contract for printing, addressing and mailing the continuing education flexi to Indiana Printing and Publishing for $34,885.98;
  • Awarded a contract for the purchase of one Shore 12 trench kit from Fire and Rescue Products for $15,257.75 for the college’s Public Safety Training Center;
  • Approved the bids and awarded contracts for the purchase of equipment for the Advanced Technology Center as follows: 
    • One new CNC plasma cutter for $34,280 from B/G Industrial with college capital funds;
    • A coordinate measuring machine for $23,500 from Allegheny Machine Tool Company with Eberly grant funds;
    • Amatrol PLC troubleshooting workstation, application stations and learning systems for $199,418.16 from Allegheny Educational Systems funded by the Hillman Foundation and Richard King Mellon Foundation grants;
    • A HAAS mini-mill 2 with attachments and packages from HAAS Factory Outlet for $50,670 funded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation grant;
    • One new Olympus Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge with Epoch LTC VGA cable from Olympus Scientific for $15,713 funded by the ShaleNET grant;
    • 15 Tennsco hardwood workbenches and 41 additional drawers for existing workbenches from Westmoreland Contract Furniture for $12,290.16 funded by the ShaleNET grant;
  • Approved a payment of $10,000 to Achieving the Dream Inc. for participation in fiscal year 2014-15;
  • Approved the following appointments to the college staff:
    • Nick J. DeMatteo, full-time director/Workforce Development and Contract Training, effective July 21;
    • Donald L. Stull, Workforce Development sales coordinator effective July 1;
    • Vince E. Booker, Workforce Development sales coordinator effective July 21;
  • Approved the following individuals to be released from their contracts:
    • Beth Hoden, assistant professor, Early Childhood Education, effective August 1
    • Dr. Sarah D. Jones, assistant professor, Nursing, effective July 31
    • Barbara Nopwasky, assistant professor, Nursing, effective June 19
  • Approved the election of board officers to one-year terms as follows: Larry Larese, chairman; Kevin Pahach, vice chairman, Chad Amond, treasurer and Dick Dickert, secretary.