Amarillo College Board of Regents candidate Johnny Mize

Amarillo College Board of Regents candidate Johnny Mize


– Unedited, so we’ll just. – Yeah. – We’ll put ’em together and it’ll go back and forth
between the two cameras but. – Yeah, good. – The talking will be unedited. – You know I think the
real challenge for us is to be able to communicate
throughout our community. Because it’s hard for
everybody to know what’s really going on.
– That’s right. And really I think the
only opportunities we’ll have for this are here–
I’m sorry am I interrupting? – [Man Off Camera] You’re fine. – [Woman Off Camera]- We’re
rolling now, just so you know. – Okay thanks. – The only chances
we have for this, are this is one way we
get the message out, and another is this,
the Amarillo League
of Women Voters, is having a candidate forum the 11th of April I believe.
– That’s right, yeah. – And that other then,
versus our campaigning, you know whether that’s printed
material that we send out, or if we do any sort
of advertising, or
something like that, or signs but that’s really
the only two opportunities that I know of, that people
will really get to see, I guess hear-hear from you.
– Yeah – Hear from each
of the candidates. So, anyway.
– Okay. Well let’s just… – Don’t mean to slow you down.
– No you’re good. Let’s go ahead and start. First question, what issues
inspired you to run again and how will you tackle them? – Chip, really the issues that
inspired me to run again was, when I ran six years ago, I
really liked Amarillo College. I saw the need for
it in our community, but over the last six years
I’ve really come to love Amarillo, Amarillo College. And I’m so excited about
what has been accomplished. We have, we have just,
this institution has become an elite level institution
for community colleges, and being recognized
all across the country. So with that, through our
Bellwether Legacy Award that we’ve received just
in the last few months, as well as the award
we received, the Leah Meyer Austin
Award that was received just in the last month. And those are
recognition awards that we’re being seen across
the country as one of the top institutions, nationally,
not just in a community or within a region
or within a state. And that’s really
exciting for me. – Second question, what do
you thing is the greatest challenge facing the college? – I think the greatest
challenge is for us to continue doing the
things that we’re doing and doing them as well
as what we’ve been able to accomplish over
the last six years. We’ve improved our
graduation success rates from 20 to 48% and we want to
move that from 48 to 70. And for us to do that, I
think it’s a big challenge. I think the decreased
funding that we’re seeing from the state is a
continual challenge and I think we have
to be mindful of that and we have to continue to
look for ways to be efficient and effective in how
we deliver education, but I think we also
have to continue to eliminate the barriers for access as well as being
able to be successful. And our No Excuses — our No Excuses initiative,
in making sure that we are, making sure we’re
removing all those barriers will be critical for us
to continue to improve on those graduation
success rates. – Okay, then the
final question. The board has been focused
largely on student poverty and keeping them in
school, as well as building workforce in the city. What results do you want
to see going forward? – Well, I’ll continued to
just expand on the things that we’ve done of
eight-week classes and course redesign, as
well as even the issues to where we’ve been able to put
together the resource center where we’re eliminating
a lot of the issues, whether it’s counseling,
whether it’s financial issues, whatever the barriers might be, we have to continue
to focus on those, so that we can be
successful for our students. – Okay, there we go. – I don’t know that I like,
can we ask something again? – No (laughs)
– Oh, okay – It’s a one-take thing – Oh, okay, I was, I
was gonna maybe add some better answer to
that, but that’s okay. – Okay.
– Alright. – Alright. Well that’s it.
– Is that it? Oh man!

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