Place 3 Collin College board trustee Larry Wainwright announced he is seeking re-election in the May 6 election.
Stacey Donald has also filed for Place 3.
Places 1, 2, 5 will also appear on the May 6 ballot.
Community Impact Newspaper sent Wainwright a series of questions. His written responses, edited for publication style, are below.
- Why did you decide to run for the Collin College board of trustees?
As one of the original associate faculty members, my involvement with Collin College started in 1985. Teaching until 2010, I enjoyed involvement with students, faculty and administration. At the urging of a past trustee, my involvement with Collin College moved to the board of trustees in 2010. Our long-term plans motivate my desire to keep our college financially sound, academically strong and provide a wider physical footprint to serve more students.
- What experience do you think prepares you for serving on the board?
- Seven years as a member of the Collin College Board of Trustees. Serving on two committees and chairman of one committee
- Twenty-five years as an associate faculty member
- Collin County business owner
- Chamber of Commerce Allen and McKinney
- Leadership Allen Graduate
- What issues would you like to do address and how?
Growth - the population explosion of Collin County and surrounding areas creates key opportunities for Collin College. Expanding workforce and occupational programs, corporate college and engaging public/private partnerships with local employers are just a part of the long-term plan. While serving over 53,000 students today, we must plan for a college meeting the needs of 75,000 to 100,000 students.
Funding - as a result of declining state funding, college tuitions have reached heights that prevent many from attending college. Tuitions rise, but thankfully Collin College has maintained the lowest hourly tuition rate by wise financial planning, long-term strategic planning and housing growth in Collin County. While Collin College has remained affordable, the economic impact is visible in the local community. Creating jobs, increasing the county tax base and stimulating more spending as a result of higher earnings have been the long term benefits of our community college.
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