Meet Melissa

Hello and welcome! My name is Melissa Skipworth and I am running for College of the Mainland Board of Trustee, Position #5. I am a resident of Dickinson, TX and I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Business Administration. I bring over 10 years of Human Resource experience to the Board. I am currently a Resource Manager at an accounting firm, Grant Thornton LLP. I also serve on the Bentwood at Bay Colony Home Owner’s Association.

My husband Sean and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and we are parents to an active and imaginative 5 year old named Christopher.

I believe College of the Mainland has provided countless students with the opportunity to receive a first class education and enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed. Unfortunately, this opportunity is now at risk. College of the Mainland’s facilities are aging rapidly and the college is in desperate need of a bond to update the campus. A lack of transparency has harmed the reputation of the college and has made it clear that new leadership is needed.

As your trustee, it will be my mission to restore public trust. If the board listens to the community and keeps the good of the college in focus, I have no doubt that we can earn the trust of the community again. All that’s required is to do what is right.

My Goals for College of the Mainland:

  1. Increase Transparency
  2. Restore Community Trust
  3. Upgrade & Improve Facilities
  4. Increase Student Enrollment & Retention

Read more about my thoughts on the issues on my blog:

  • Latest from the blog

    On The Issues: Financial Management

    The current board has cut back on spending over the last several years and amassed a sizable reserve fund. The specific reserve numbers provided by the college have fluctuated (which is a problem in and of itself), but a conservative estimate would be that the college has over 20 million dollars in reserve. The annual operating budget for College of the Mainland is in the low 30 million dollar range. The college does need to maintain a reserve fund to satisfy state law and to maintain a healthy bond rating. However a reserve fund in the 5 to 7.5 million dollar range would satisfy both of these concerns and ensure COM has adequate funds to address emergency situations. The board should proceed conservatively with the budget given that state funding is likely to continue to decrease in the future.  However, hoarding money while enrollment remains stagnant and the facilities deteriorate is not fiscally responsible. Responsibly investing money in our facilities and our students ultimately leads to greater student success, increased enrollment, and higher revenue.
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    On The Issues: Student Success

    Student success should always be College of the Mainland’s focus. The board of trustees' role is not to create programs to further this, but to surround ourselves with professionals and monitor their progress. Is enrollment increasing? Are we retaining students from semester to semester? Are students achieving success in the workforce once they move on from COM? These are example of the measures the board should evaluate to determine the effectiveness of the institution. College of the Mainland is fortunate to have a group of dedicated professionals that help our students succeed. We have excellent faculty that educate students in and out of the classroom. Staff members work tirelessly to assist students. This may include walking them through the admission process, providing tutoring services, or advising them on a course of study. The college should ensure faculty and staff have the resources they need to help students succeed. We also need to ensure our employees know they’re valued. Constant changes in the administration and the failure of the college to move forward on the passage of a bond have done little to improve employee morale.  Our students and employees deserve better:
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