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Candidate Comparison: Amarillo College Board of Regents

Candidate Comparison: Amarillo College Board of Regents

We have asked candidates running for various local offices to answer questions for our Voter Guide. While full responses are available at AmarilloVotes.com, we are offering you shortened versions in “Candidate Comparisons” ahead of the May 4th election. Each response below came directly from the candidate’s questionnaire and are unedited.


Terry Hawthorne (Challenger)

Occupation: Ranching and Investments

What is the biggest issue facing Amarillo College today and how do you plan to address it?

“To continue and expand programs and classes that add value to the lives of people attending. This can be valuable skills necessary to attain a better job, life skills such as children’s gymnastics to enhance kids quality of life or a license or certificate such as nursing or dental hygiene that allow recipients to achieve a quality job after completion. ”

What must Amarillo College do to continue developing the workforce in Amarillo?

“Maintain quality programs and training facilities to help the upcoming workforce stay current with job skills.”

What should the college’s role be in overall quality of life in Amarillo?

“AC must be a leader in life quality improvement in Amarillo. This can be providing quality children’s programs, job skills, and quality facilities for businesses and non profits to use to help their missions, as well as degree and certificate opportunities.”


Johnny Mize (Incumbent) – Did not respond


Paul Proffer (Incumbent)

Occupation: Surgeon

What is the biggest issue facing Amarillo College today and how do you plan to address it?

“The biggest issue is balancing the financial needs of the college in light of recent state funding reductions, with the needs of our student in order to be successful. Up to 70% of our students are of poverty level and have many potential barriers to success including food and housing insecurity. I plan to continue to push for continued fiscal responsibility of our college as well as government grants, private donors and non traditional means of income for the college to help assist these students to achieve their educational goals - and in many cases break the cycle of poverty.”

What must Amarillo College do to continue developing the workforce in Amarillo?

“We must continue to have a close working relationship with our employers to meet their needs. In addition, we have to seek to identify future industry needs and help train a workforce for the future.”

What should the college’s role be in overall quality of life in Amarillo?

“Amarillo College is simply vital to the quality of life in Amarillo. From education, to kids’ camps, to the arts, to partnering with business - there is likely no part of our community that isn’t someway touched in a positive way by AC”


Jack B. Westbrook (Challenger)

Occupation: Retired

What is the biggest issue facing Amarillo College today and how do you plan to address it?

“Finance and tenure of staff. I plan to evaluate the issues and address the problems if elected.

What must Amarillo College do to continue developing the workforce in Amarillo?

“Provide educational opportunities to ensure a trained workforce for the potential businesses that Amarillo’s Economic Development entities seek to lure to our area.”

What should the college’s role be in overall quality of life in Amarillo?

“The college has the ability to provide arts and entertainment for the community, among other things. The college can provide affordable education to allow citizens to improve their earning power.”


David C. Woodburn (Incumbent) – Did Not Respond

 

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