The Butler County College Board of Trustees regular board meeting Tuesday evening began with the recognition of several outstanding students.

The Butler County College Board of Trustees regular board meeting Tuesday evening began with the recognition of several outstanding students.

Isaac Schurter and Tri Nguyen placed second in the Emerging Business Issues segment of the National Phi Beta Lambda Competition in Anaheim, California. In that same competition, Amber Olsen placed third in Small Business Management Planning, Rafael Jimenez placed third in Sales Presentation, and Beth Church, Isaac Schurter, and Tri Nguygen placed third in Business Decision making. Overall, Butler County Community College ranked third in the nation at the competition.

Two Student Commendations for Spring 2013 were also recognized. The first went to Michael Heffron and the second to Kathy Gifford. Randy Bush's acceptance to the Fulbright Seminar for International Education Administrators was additionally recognized.

Following the recognitions, the election of Board officers for the 2013-2014 term began. The new board officers are: Chair Ron Engelbrecht, Vice Chair Jim Wilson and Secretary/Treasurer Candace Kunkel. In addition, Tom McKibban was sworn in as a new trustee.

The main focus of the meeting was the discussion of the Strategic Plan for FY2014-2016. The development of the plan was an 18-month long process, which included gaining input from both students and employees. Outlined in the plan is a confirmation of the need for a purpose for planning.

The overall plan is built on four priorities, they are: ensure student success, contribute to our communities, invest in our employee's success and advance institutional effectiveness.

The strategic plan, which was designed to be built on this strong foundation, is a way to easily identify where improvements need to be made, where the institution stands as a whole and what to do in order to move forward.

"We wanted to make things simpler, more direct, and more focused," explained Gene George, executive director, Research and Institutional Effectiveness.

The strategic plan set forth several goals to work for during the next several years that act as key points to the measurement of its success. Those key goals are: students finish what they start, high standards drive our work, developing partnerships with businesses and local communities, and acting on facts.

In order to reach those goals, the strategic plan is required to pursue a managed growth policy that balances the true potential for enrollment and institutional capacity, take advantage of opportunity enrollment markets and embrace fundamental innovations. The board will continue to discuss the strategic plan further at the next meeting.

In other business, the board:

• approved the new and revised board and college policies.

• ratified the fifth amendment to the BCC Amended and Restated Cafeteria Plan for Employees.

• approved the change of International Student's Health Insurance coverage.

• approved the Board Conflict of Interest Statement.

• approved the letter of agreement with the Education Advisory Board.

• approved the consent agenda.

• accepted the retirement of Mike Fatkin, professor of automobile technology.