Building relationships and enrollment growth are aims of NC Texas College VP.
By Wally Perez
Dr. Billy C. Roessler, vice president of student services and enrollment management at North Central Texas College in Gainesville, visited this college as one of three candidates being interviewed for the position of vice president of student success.
Roessler spoke during open forums where students, staff and faculty were welcomed to attend June 8.
Roessler said holistic services were one of the initiatives that he would focus on as vice president of student success, which included core services, pushing information to students and feedback.
Roessler said core services involved training for staff to be able to answer basic questions, as well as implementing “warm transfers.”
“We want staff or faculty communicate with one another when dealing with students such as during a phone call,” Roessler said. “This way when the student is transferred to another person, the faculty member is aware of the student’s situation already.”
Roessler said one of the ways he would make himself visible as the vice president of student success was attending any and all events he could.
“From SGA (student government association) meetings, to fundraisers, I need to be out there for different student organizations,” Roessler said. “I want to make sure my presence and support is shown.”
Roessler said he believes in being engaged in the community.
Roessler teaches math at NCTC as an adjunct and said it gave him the opportunity to connect with students on a closer level.
“It’s important to find different ways to keep students engaged,” Roessler said. “An engaged student is a retained, successful student.”
Roessler compared the vice president and student relationship to having a workout buddy.
“If I go workout by myself, how often will I go?” Roessler said. “If I have a workout buddy with me, I’d be more inclined to workout because we can keep each other accountable, which is where that engagement happens.”
Roessler said one of his greatest skills is in data analysis.
“I believe that if there’s a will there’s a way; there may not be a report that spits out data, but it exists somewhere,” Roessler said.
Roessler worked at Tarrant County College as the district director of records and reports before moving on to NCTC.
“I was looking at data for our Perkins funding and they changed the rules on how students were defined to be eligible,” Roessler said.
Roessler noticed that Tarrant was receiving less funding than schools half their size, and realized that their pre-nursing students were being reported as academic majors rather than technical.
“We adjusted some things after taking this to the coordinating board and saw a 25 percent increase in Perkins funding for the institution,” Roessler said.
Roessler said he plans to focus on maximizing student’s opportunities to be successful, as well as finding ways to make efficiencies to increase enrollment growth, which he has worked on at his time at Tarrant and NCTC.
Those who attended the forums were asked to fill out surveys on the forum.
The surveys, along with the video recording of the forums will be presented to President Robert Vela, who will then make a decision.
Foreign language Professor Tammy Perez said Vela might make a decision within the next two weeks if Vela wants to present the selection to the board of trustees at the next meeting in July.