Parkland extends Ramage's contract

Parkland extends Ramage's contract

CHAMPAIGN — As expected, the Parkland College Board of Trustees on Wednesday extended President Tom Ramage's contract and gave him a 3.25 percent raise.

The board tapped Ramage, a longtime Parkland employee, to be the college's president in January 2008. The 3.25 percent raise brings his annual salary to $218,106 and the new contract will expire in 2018.

Trustees on Wednesday also reviewed a draft agreement between the college and

Riverside Research, a New York-based company with whom it plans to contract on some operations of the new aviation program.

Last month the community college board OK'd an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Illinois to take over the Institute of Aviation. Parkland's agreement with Riverside represents the next step in moving ahead with the program. Officials have said they hope to launch the program in fall 2014 and offer private and commercial pilot certificates.

The agreement is expected to include financial details, including a budget for the program and it will outline Parkland and Riverside's responsibilities when it comes to staffing the program and marketing it to students as well as other terms. Trustees are expected to vote on the contract in November.

Riverside Research, a defense contractor, has an office in Champaign where about a dozen employees work in computational science, high-performance computing, trusted cloud applications and other areas.

The UI Board of Trustees voted in July 2011 to close the Institute of Aviation after campus administrators questioned how the institute fit the Urbana campus' core mission.

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