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Regents approve names for new buildings


by Darin Allred | May 09, 2014


North Central Texas College regents approved names for two soon-to-be-constructed buildings to honor several individuals who have contributed to the success of both programs.

The decision was made at the regular meeting of the regents held on Thursday afternoon.

The new health sciences facility will be named the Leo and Mabel Scott Health Sciences Center.

In 2005, the NCTC Foundation received notification that the college had been included as one of the beneficiaries of the Leo and Mabel Scott Estate. When the announcement was made and the trust was established, it was estimated that the value of the estate was $3.2 million with NCTC’s portion being more than $1.1 million. Also as part of the estate over the past years, there has been mining of sand and gravel with provided additional revenues to the Foundation. To date, the NCTC Foundation has received $1,040,256 from the Leo and Mabel Scott Estate.

According to the Scott’s will, they wanted these funds to be used to provide assistance for underprivileged persons for their education with preference for scholarships to be awarded to persons living in Cooke County and Love County, Okla. Since Fall 2005, the NCTC Foundation has awarded 2,780 Leo and Mabel Scott scholarships valued at $553,508. Many of these students have been health sciences students. Mabel Scott also worked as a Registered Nurse at Scott and White Hospital for several years and was the Love County Health Nurse for many years.

Also Thursday, regents approved naming the soon-to-be-built agriculture center the Henry Speath Agriculture Center.

In 2004, David and Lou Ann Spaeth gave a gift of $200,000 to support the agricultural programs by establishing an endowed scholarship program with the NCTC Foundation. The scholarship was named in memory of David’s father, Henry Spaeth, who devoted more than 70 years of his life to the agriculture business and was a strong supporter of NCTC. Henry Spaeth was a member of the NCTC Foundation prior to his death and was active in helping to raise funds for scholarships.

In other business Thursday, regents approved the evaluation form and process to be published with the bid documents for the new Health Sciences Center and Career and Technology Center construction projects. They also set a bid date of June 25 for both projects and set a board meeting for July 2 at noon to consider awarding of the construction contracts.

Regents also approved the 2014-15 property, casualty and auto insurance renewal proposal from the TASB Risk Management Fund in the amount of $97,061, which is an increase of around 2 percent from last year’s premium.

The board also approved the 2014-15 Catalog and approved contract renewals for faculty for 2014-15 who are in their first year of employment and were not included on the January renewal listing.

Regents then approved three new mid-year personnel additions that were identified as areas of critical need for additional staff. One was an Associate Director of Admissions that will be on the Flower Mound campus. Another is a Graphic Design Specialist on the Gainesville campus, and the third is a Senior Systems Analyst in the Information Technology Department on the Gainesville campus.

The board then approved hiring Pamela Van Hook as a Senior Systems Analyst and Kate Richardson as Associate Registrar.

All board members were present for Thursday’s meeting.