COM board honors interim president

Posted on: October 25, 2012

The COM board of trustees has passed a resolution honoring Dr. Larry Durrence for his outstanding leadership and service during two terms as College of the Mainland interim president.
“Dr. Larry Durrence streamlined the college’s finances, bringing College of the Mainland closer in line financially with other community colleges in Texas,” said COM board of trustees member Wayne Miles.
The recently approved COM budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year reflected nearly $1 million in cost cuts for the college and the first cost-of-living increase for employees in years. Under his leadership, COM also reorganized its Student Services operations for recruiting and advising students and began the search for a larger site from which COM can serve the North County portion of its district.

The board also recognized Durrence’s work in creating partnerships with community members and businesses, including the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, which recently passed a resolution in support of the college and its measures to demonstrate financial accountability and responsible stewardship. The Hitchcock Chamber and the Santa Fe Chamber also passed similar resolutions. Durrence also refocused the college's marketing strategies and provided electronic newsletters to keep the community and the independent school districts informed.
“Dr. Durrence worked with COM board of trustees in striving to build partnerships with local business and industrial leaders to enhance College of the Mainland’s role in regional economic development,” said Miles.
Durrence acknowledged the board’s recognition.
“I’m humbled by this,” said Durrence. “It really has been a great experience on both occasions to come and be a part of continuing the excellent work the college does. When I leave, I’ll take a part of you with me.”
On Oct. 22, Durrence’s second term as interim president concluded. He served as interim president since January 2012, and he previously served at COM as interim president from July 2008 to April 2009.

As part of the resolution, Durrence’s portrait will hang alongside other COM presidents’ photographs in the COM boardroom.

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