CASC regents meet in Sallisaw

Staff WriterThe Carl Albert State College board of regents named Kathy Quirk executive director of the CASC Development Foundation during a regular meeting at the college's Sallisaw campus.Quirk has been managing the foundation on an interim basis, but the regents' actions made the job hers officially.The regents meet twice a year at the J.T. & Mary Jo Stites Multipurpose Room at the Jerry Hetherington Center in Sallisaw, according to Judi White, director of public relations and marketing for Carl Albert State College.Angie Neal was named Educational Talent Search guidance specialist by the regents.The regents also accepted the resignations of Ramona Buckner, vice president of business operations, effective June 30, and Jeremy Minor, admissions specialist, effective Jan. 31. Buckner is the wife of Terry Buckner, who was chief executive officer of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau until he resigned in December to take a job in Colorado. She agreed to stay in her job with CASC at its Poteau campus until the end of the current school year, to give regents a chance to find a suitable replacement.Regents also approved the retirements of Debbie Almon, director of the Upward Bound math and science program, effective April 1; and Linda Bradbury, director of Continuing Education, effective June 30.A report made by Buckner concerning an "internal audit report" on the agenda issued before the meeting was a monthly report, officials said, and had nothing to do with the investigation of $59,000 reported missing at a November regents meeting. The agenda issued by the college before the meeting made no such distinction.Other action taken by the board of regents included:• Refusing an offer by the state of Oklahoma to assume ownership of the Kerr Conference Center, just outside Poteau. Regents asked if the offer by the state included the promise of more funding to run the Kerr Center, but interim President Garry Ivey said he asked state officials the same question and the answer had been an emphatic "no."• Enabled Buckner to adjust her budgetary figures with the state of Oklahoma by $300,000, in case such additional funds are needed before June 30.• Modified an agreement on the scope of work with a contractor to allow the replacement of handrails along the sidewalk next to Johnson Hall.