Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., in the Agricultural Sciences Center.

Following a report by Tia Samo, SWCC chief financial officer, the board approved a $5 per credit hour tuition increase for the 2021-22 academic year. With this increase, SWCC’s in-state tuition and fees will be $202 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition and fees will be $209 per credit hour. Proposed changes to the course fees for the following classes were approved as well: ADN 561 medical surgical nursing II; PNN 172 fundamentals of nursing; MUA 101 applied voice; and MUA 201 applied voice II.

In personnel, the board approved the hiring of Toby Crawford as a professional music instructor for the 2021-22 academic year. Crawford, a graduate of Southwestern’s professional music program, holds a master’s degree in music, jazz studies from the University of North Texas; a bachelor’s degree in fine arts education from Simon Fraser University; a bachelor’s degree in music, jazz performance; and an associate degree in professional music from Southwestern.

During the president’s report, Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, spoke briefly regarding the progress related to building a childcare facility in Creston. Lesan said the location currently under consideration is the former AEA site, east of the college campus on North Lincoln Street. The Creston Community School District board is working with Greater Regional Health to make this property available for construction.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola, gave a brief report regarding the recent Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) meeting he attended. Smith said the 2021 IACCT Conference will be held virtually July 21-22.

The board then held a closed session to discuss the president search process.

Following the closed session, the meeting was adjourned.