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Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:41 AM.

Dr. Jim Kerley, president of Gulf Coast, later in the meeting presented Butler with a cap with the letter “MIT” across the brow, representative of talks now under way with the Massachusetts Institute of technology regarding a potential partnership in connection with the ATC.

Butler commented on Gulf Coast official’s recent trip to Boston, to a conference intended to boost academic performance at community colleges. “Kids here are not prepared for the rigor of the next level of education,” she said. “This is about changing a culture (and educating) for jobs we don’t even know what they look like today.

“This is a very diverse region,” she said. “Don’t underestimate the power and strength of the retirees who are here.”

Both she and trustee Jim McKnight said they would reach out to Halsey Beshears, the newly elected state representative.

“Let’s get him in our camp,” said McKnight. “I know he’s a friend of community colleges.”

The college agreed to approve the hiring of Panama City attorney Timothy Warner, at an hourly rate of $250, in the event he is needed to defend the school in a lawsuit filed against it, and Raymond Jackson, by Susan Hernandez. Details of the case were shared in an executive session conducted after the regular meeting.

The trustees received a report from Loretta Costin, in which she outlined details of a three-year strategic plan for the Gulf Franklin Center, over which she is director.

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