Fayetteville Technical Community College's board of trustees gave President Larry Keen high marks on his annual evaluation.

The board gave Keen a "superior," the highest rating.

The announcement came Monday from Carl Mitchell, vice president for human resources and institutional effectiveness/assessment, during the board's monthly meeting.

Comments from trustees on Keen's performance included, "The president works diligently to make sure all aspects of the college operate effectively and efficiently," and "Dr. Keen continues to demonstrate the skills of a leader moving FTCC in all areas."

Human Resources Committee Chairman Ronald Crosby Jr. thanked Keen for his hard work. Keen became the college's fourth president in 2007.

"Thank you, I appreciate your confidence," Keen told the board.

He also noted the board's hard work.

"It takes a group of people with a common vision, a common goal and a common mission," Keen said. "I can honestly say this board exceeds and excels in so many ways, the way that a board and a president should be working together, and I appreciate that."

The board voted to sign Keen's evaluation and send it to the State Board of Community Colleges.

In other business, the board discussed an agreement FTCC has with Honda under the automaker's "American Honda Professional Automotive Center Training Partnership." The program would train technicians to repair Honda and Acura vehicles. The move would make FTCC the first college in the nation to offer this type of program.

"Honda is a huge corporation, and it speaks to how well our program is doing," said David Brand, senior vice president for academic and student affairs.

FTCC offers a CollisionU program housed in the Military Business Park off Sante Fe Drive, which has drawn recruiters from across the country to hire students. The college has a partnership with Ford training students in maintenance and light repairs.

The program with Honda could be offered as soon as the fall semester of the 2017-18 school year with as many as 25 students, Brand said.

"It's a huge thing and speaks to our reputation in the automotive world," Keen said. "They'll be trained to, and if they want, work for Honda. The sooner we can get engaged with them, the more attractive we'll be. There's a prestige factor to this, as in respect with what we did with Ford."

The board also approved moving forward with offering three new certificates to students. Classes for early childhood administration and early childhood preschool could be offered this fall. The third, a certificate in ophthalmic surgical assistant, could begin in fall 2018.

All three still require approval from the North Carolina Community College System. 

The board also approved hiring Fayetteville-based Hayes Inc. as the contractor to renovate the dental assisting lab in the Health Technology Building. The project will add seven dental chairs and cabinetry for $257,000.

Staff writer Alicia Banks can be reached at banksa@fayobserver.com or 486-2728.