Collin College board names interim president, appoints board member

The board of trustees for Collin College selected an interim president and new board member during its Oct. 28 meeting.

Colleen Smith, the college's senior vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Development, was selected as the interim president. She will begin her new role Nov. 10.

"I am honored, and I am thrilled to work with my colleagues to really continue the momentum and continue the great legacy of this college and make new things happen," Smith said.

Smith will take over for current President Cary Israel, who announced his resignation in September.

The board will hold a national search for the next district president.

The application and job description have been posted on the Collin College website.

Smith has been with the college since 2010. In Smith's absence from her current role, various staff will take over her duties, she said.

Steve Cone, a Frisco resident and Frisco ISD teacher, was selected as the board member for Place 7.

Cone, who also serves on the Frisco Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, will be sworn in at the next posted meeting, board Chairman Mac Hendricks said.

Cone will replace former board member Tino Trujillo, who retired earlier this year after serving on the board since 1985.

Cone said he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the students of Collin County.

"I want to help [the college] stay strong and stay out in the forefront of education as education changes," he said.

Omni Hotels & Resorts plans to build in Frisco

Omni Hotels & Resorts in late October announced plans to develop a hotel at the future site of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, which is adjacent the publicly funded multiuse events center and other planned development.

The 300-room, full-service hotel will feature meeting space, a ballroom, and several restaurants and bars, including a rooftop pool deck, according to a news release.

"We knew we had a world-class partner with the Dallas Cowboys, and now we have a world-class hotel partner in Omni," Mayor Maher Maso said. "This partnership marks a significant milestone in the development of an exciting, unique project. The synergy surrounding this mixed-use development is building upon Frisco's growing reputation as a vibrant community offering something for everyone, whether you're a conventioneer, sports enthusiast or looking for family friendly entertainment."

The Omni Frisco Hotel is expected to break ground in spring 2015 with a scheduled opening set for early 2017—soon after the multiuse events center.

"The Omni is one of the country's top-rated luxury hotel brands, popular with business travelers and vacationers, alike," Stephen Jones, chief operating officer and executive vice president for the Dallas Cowboys, said in a statement.