SERVING: Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, accepted an invitation to participate on the national 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges implementation team.
Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, extended the invitation to Meeks, who served previously on the AACC Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, D.C.
Meeks also served on AACC's national working group for the Voluntary Framework of Accountability.
The 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges is charged with comprehensively examining the challenges and opportunities facing the growing sector of higher education. Its membership includes representatives from an array of constituencies and expertise from education, business, policy and communications. Meeks will work with the implementation team to develop faculty engagement and leadership development, she said.
"I am excited about the national attention the commission and team are bringing to these issues in higher education, especially in the community college setting," she said.
In 1999, Meeks became president of the former Jefferson Community College. She led the efforts to expand the college's service district and its reach to help three additional counties that were not served by a community college. In 2009, the college expanded and added three counties to its original one-county district. The college's district now includes Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
MANAGERS: Dr. Keith M. Bravo and Dr. Cherian John have been appointed managing medical directors at Weirton Medical Center, actively involving them in assuring the delivery of quality care to the community, according to officials.
Bravo, board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, has been practicing at Weirton Medical Center for nearly 15 years. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, he completed his residency at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
John is board-certified in cardiology and internal medicine, and his other specialties include geriatric medicine and critical care medicine. He has practiced at Weirton Medical Center for 25 years. A graduate of Bombay University, he completed his residency at Coney Island Hospital in New York.
As managing medical directors, the two will partner with hospital administrators and the WMC board to provide guidance and oversight in managing quality care and the development of new programs and services while working closely with other health care professionals within the hospital. They'll also work with hospital administrators to identify service opportunities and expansion.
PASSED: William J. Nurczyk Jr. of Steubenville has passed his CPA exam.
Employed at D'Anniballe & Co., he graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University.
The son of Victoria Nurczyk and the late William Nurczyk, he and his wife, Aubrey, have two children.
RECALLED: Blinds Xpress is recalling more than 450,000 blinds after a 2-year-old girl reportedly was strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the wall or the floor.
The company, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said Thursday that the recall includes about 139,000 custom-made vertical blinds and 315,000 horizontal blinds.
The incident involving the Commerce Township, Mich., girl was from 2009.
From staff and wire reports