Governance and Administration
Board of Regents
By law, South Plains College is under the governance of a seven-member Board of Regents, elected to at-large positions by registered voters residing in the South Plains College District. The President of SPC is responsible to the Board of Regents, but has broadly delegated powers relative to the operation of the College.
The Board of Regents reviews and approves policy, the operational budget, major proposals, curricular programs, personnel actions, and campus expansion and construction. The board also acts as a direct link between the College and the community and advises the college President. The members of the SPC Board of Regents include the following individuals:
Mike Box, Chairman, Levelland
Bobby G. Neal, Vice Chairman, Whiteface
Linda Patton, Secretary, Levelland
Richard Ellis, Levelland
Ken Williams, Levelland
Alton “Pete” Pettiet, Ropesville
Ronny Alexander, Levelland
The College receives advice from the community through program advisory committees composed of experts in various occupational areas. These committees help the College keep its technical programs current with changes and developments in various employment fields.
Students and the Institutional Decision-Making Process
South Plains College allows for student input into institutional decision-making through an active Student Government. The Student Government organization serves as a governing agency for the student body for the purpose of advising and recommending the formulation of policy pertaining to student life on campus. Student Government also assists and advises in the planning and conduct of the Student Life program, in promoting student participation in all aspects of college life, in building student morale and spirit, and in promoting the general welfare of the college campus.
When the Student Government takes a position with reference to issues directly related to the College, it forwards its recommendation to the Associate Dean of Students. The Associate Dean of Students is responsible for processing the recommendation as follows:
1. Accept or reject the recommendation.
2. Refer the recommendation to the proper administrative, faculty or staff office.
3. Return to the Student Government for further information or clarification.
Students are appointed to serve as members of the following committees and give reports to Student Government: Athletics Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Curriculum Committee, Evaluation Committee, Health & Safety Committee, Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Library Committee, Recruitment and Retention Committee, Student Assistance Center Advisory Committee, and the Website Advisory Committee. Substance Abuse Committee. The president of Student Government also serves on the Disciplinary Appeals Committee and the Admissions Committee.
Executive Officers of the College
Dr. Robin Satterwhite
Administration Building, (806)716-2201
Dr. Satterwhite is the chief academic and administrative officer of South Plains College. He is the primary spokesperson and interpreter of college policies. If you have a problem that can’t be solved in other ways, Dr. Satterwhite is willing to talk with you. An appointment to see him can be made through his Administrative Assistant, Robyn Reaves, at (806)716-2201.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Dr. Ryan Gibbs
Administration Building, (806)716-2208
Dr. Gibbs is responsible for coordinating all instructional offerings at South Plains College. He is responsible for the management and development of curricula within the Arts and Sciences Division, the Health Occupations Division, the Technical Education Division and the Continuing Education Division. Additionally, he supervises the Library services and the Office of Instructional Technology.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Administration Building, (806)716-2206
Mrs. Green is responsible for all accounting, budgeting and financial reporting for South Plains College including collection of tuition and fees.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT
Administration Building, (806)716-2217
Mr. John manages the College’s advancement division that includes the College Relations Office, the Scholarship Office and the South Plains College Foundation. These offices are responsible for the College’s marketing, communications, public relations, publications, web site, publicity, institutional advertising, fund-raising, scholarships, alumni relations, and special events. Mr. John is also responsible for coordinating the College’ strategic planning and institutional effectiveness effort.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS
Dr. Stan DeMerritt
Student Services Building, (806)716-2360
Dr. DeMerritt manages the College’s student services programs which include Admissions and Records, Conduct and Discipline, Residence Hall Living, Student Life, Advising and Testing, Health and Wellness, Disability Services and Campus Police. Dr. DeMerritt is also the College’s Title IX coordinator.
DEAN OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Administration Building, (806)716-2246
Mr. Watkins is responsible for overseeing the administrative side of operations. He manages the Purchasing Department, Information Technology, facilities (grounds/maintenance), Financial Aid, Texas Book Company, food services, the Copy Center and the Mailroom.
DEAN OF ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS
Student Services Building, (806)716-2370
Mrs. Rangel is responsible for the administration of policy and procedures related to admissions and student records. She is also responsible for the registration process at the College and is SPC’s residency officer.
DEAN OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Technical Arts Center, (806)716-2339
Mr. Nuñez is responsible for arts and sciences departments. Under his supervision are the Departments of Behavioral Science, Biology, Business Administration, Communications, English, Fine Arts, Mathematics and Engineering, Physical Education, Science and Social Science. Each of these departments is directed by a chairperson who is a faculty member. He also oversees the Teaching and Learning Center.
DEAN OF CONTINUING AND DISTANCE EDUCATION
Technical Arts Center, (806)716-2341
Mr. Spears directs the lifelong learning programs at South Plains College that encompass special industrial training, vocational and continuing education short courses. He also coordinates and supervises the College’s distance education efforts and dual credit programs with area high schools. Mr. Spears coordinates the scheduling of summer camps held at SPC.
DEAN OF HEALTH OCCUPATIONS
Sue Ann Lopez
Department of Health Occupation, (806) 716-2390
Mrs. Lopez is responsible for the health occupations programs offered by South Plains College. She oversees the Allied Health and Nursing Departments. Each of these departments is directed by a chairperson who is a faculty member.
DEAN OF REESE CENTER
Reese Building 8, Room 807, (806)716-4700
Mrs. Martinez is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Reese Center campus including faculty, staff and students issues. She serves as a liaison between the department chairs and directors on the Levelland campus and faculty and staff at the Reese Center.
DEAN OF STUDENTS
Dr. Lynne Cleavinger
Student Services Building, (806) 716-2380
The Dean of Students is responsible for disciplinary adjudication at South Plains College as well as oversight of campus safety, parking, student life and residence halls. In addition, the position serves as director of regional UIL events on campus.
DEAN OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Technical Arts Center, (806)716-2336
Mr. Blair is responsible for the technical education programs offered at Levelland, the Advanced Technology Center, the Plainview Center and the SPC Reese Center. Under his supervision are the Departments of Business Administration/ Computer Information Systems, Creative Arts, Industrial Technology, and Professional Services and Energy. Each of these departments is directed by a chairperson who is a faculty member.