This was the first board meeting since voters ousted chairman Paul Jaure and secretary Louise Hall—both having served on the board for more than three decades—in what many consider a changing of the guard.
Several weeks after the election, however, the CBC website had not yet reflected the new trustee lineup.
After new board members Jeff Massengill, a former CBC English division chair, and DeeDee Bernal, A.C. Jones High School principal, took the oath of office, Lohse called for item 5E of the agenda, the “board reorganization to appoint a chairman, vice chairman and secretary.”
Bernal immediately nominated Massengill for chairman; Trustee Laura Fischer nominated Lohse.
How the trustees split the vote could be an indication of how the board will handle future issues.
The vote was three to two, split along seniority lines.
Fischer was chosen as vice chairman by acclamation; Victor Gomez was chosen as secretary, also by acclamation.
During the remainder of a routine three-hour public session, in a departure from previous board meetings, Bernal, Massengill and re-elected Trustee Martha Warner took numerous opportunities to ask questions of program presenters and CBC President Dr. Beatriz Espinoza.
Such questioning may become commonplace in the coming sessions, when CBC learns the outcome of the accreditation decisions by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), for which the faculty and staff have been preparing since Espinoza took office.