Board of Trustees
The Board consists of not more than 15 nor less than 14 voting members, 13 of which are appointed in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, and one of which will be elected from the immediate graduating class. The College President shall be an ex-officio member of the Board but without vote. Appointment to the Board of Trustees is accomplished as follows: By statute, seven members are appointed by the county executive of Atlantic County, with the approval of the freeholders and three members are appointed by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The county superintendent(s) of schools of Atlantic and Cape May counties is/are also members of the Board by statute. If one person has been appointed by the State Department of Education to serve as county superintendent for both Atlantic and Cape May counties, then the Board shall consist of 14 voting members, otherwise the membership shall be 15 voting members with each county superintendent having a seat on the Board. Two members are appointed by the governor. One alumnus from the most recent graduating class is elected for a one-year term by each year's graduating class.
Click here if you would like to learn more about Board appointment procedures. The current Board membership includes seven Caucasian males, five Caucasian females, and two Hispanic females. They are active in education, healthcare, utilities, public service, law, banking, hospitality, and community businesses.
The Board sets policy and has final authority over budgets and expenditures, and the President is responsible for internal administrative operations.
The most important function of the Board is the selection, evaluation and retention of the college president. The current president is under contract, with retention and contract renewal contingent on performance/evaluation guidelines established by the Board. The evaluation timeline of the President's performance can be reviewed here. The Board also sets the policies for the College.
Board members participate in national, state and local civic professional organizations as well as political and charitable organizations. Members understand the community college mission and the legal and fiscal duties stipulated in state statutes and state board of education regulations. They are active outside regular board meetings, participating in legislative action relevant to community colleges.
- Trustee Resource Center, a collection of materials designed to support the trustees of Atlantic Cape.
- View the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees By Laws
- General Powers of the Board, New Jersey Statutes 18A: 64A-12
The Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the evening. The seven committees of the Board of Trustees meet the week prior to the Board meeting
- Schedule of dates, times and locations for the monthly Board of Trustees meetings.
- Minutes of previous Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees meetings.
- Dave Coskey, Chairperson
- Maria Mento, Vice Chairperson
- James B. Kennedy, Esq., Treasurer
- Alma Albarran-Martinez, Alumni Representative
- Ellen Byrne, Esq.
- Christina Clemans
- David A. Evans
- Brian G. Lefke
- Mary B. Long
- Thomas E. Milhous
- Donald Parker
- Dr. Richard Stepura, Executive County Superintendent of Schools Atlantic County/Cape May County
- Maria Ivette Torres
- Helen W. Walsh
- College President, ex-officio