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Trustees Approve Land Lease with Rutgers University

April 28, 2011

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a land lease agreement with Rutgers that will pave the way for the state’s university to construct a permanent building on the college’s Mays Landing Campus.  Action came at the board’s April 26 meeting at the Cape May County Campus.

Trustees approved the resolution with an amendment relating to the flat fee that Rutgers would pay Atlantic Cape for its students using college facilities.  Trustees would like to see that flat fee adjusted every year, rather than every four years, due to anticipated increases in Rutgers enrollment.

According to Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research, Rutgers plans to erect a two-story approximately 22,000 square-foot building on the college’s former tennis courts and expand its enrollment at Atlantic Cape.  Rutgers offers bachelor’s and master’s programs in a temporary facility on the Mays Landing Campus and is actively working on articulation agreements with Atlantic Cape, according to Dr. Arthur Wexler, vice president of academic affairs.

The board authorized the college to enter into negotiations for the land lease on May 25, 2010.  The college’s Blueprint 2020 Master Plan calls for partnering with four-year institutions to offer advanced degrees so that Atlantic Cape students can have a seamless experience as they continue their education.

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

--Appointed Alonna Brown of Philadelphia, assistant director, student support services, effective May 2.

--Appointed Donna McElroy of Egg Harbor Township, department chair, social sciences, effective June 1.

In Grants Activity, the Board:

--Authorized the college’s application to the U.S. Department of Education for the Paraprofessional Preservice Program Improvement Grants program.  The $291,481 grant would run two years from August 2011through July 2013.

--Authorized the college to participate as a partner in Camden County College’s application to the U.S. Department of Labor, Education and Training Administration under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant program.  If awarded, the $20 million grant would run from September 2011 through August 2014.

Board Authorizes Two Honorary Degrees

The trustees voted to grant two honorary associate in applied science degrees at the May 19 commencement. Receiving the degrees will be:  Dr. Wilson Felder, director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, adjunct aviation studies professor and the college’s 2011 commencement speaker; and Dr. Lynn Hoffman, a respected culinary arts researcher, educator and author, who is serving as the college’s 2011 Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.

Contracts/Purchases Approved:

--Microscopes, I. Miller Precision Optical, Philadelphia, $38,206.

--Media buying services, amended contract to reflect increased branding advertising, Marathon Group, Mount Laurel, $160,000 revised to $181,000.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved the March 31, 2011, financial statement.

--Approved revisions to a Student Personal Conduct policy relating to student alcohol use at college functions.

In the President’s Report:

--Dr. Peter Mora reported on the breakfast held April 6 to unveil the new online annual report.  About 50 internal and external stakeholders attended the event to learn about major activities at the college during the past year. A section of the college’s website, the online annual report is available 24/7 and provides content previously unavailable in the printed format, such as video, extensive photo galleries and links to continually updated information throughout the site.  Dr. Mora said the new format is economical and consistent with the college’s Green Campus Initiative.

--On April 13, Dr. Mora served as a featured speaker on the Institutions as Economic Drivers panel at the Atlantic City Investment Conference hosted by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The panel represented institutions included in the CRDA’s proposed Education and Medical district.

--Dr. Herman Saatkamp of Stockton College and his cabinet visited Atlantic Cape April 14 for their annual joint meeting with Dr. Mora and his senior staff. The groups discussed potential collaborations and toured the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Air Traffic Control tower simulator.

--Dr. Pat Gentile, dean, continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus operations, reported on the March 31 Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala, which, despite the challenging economy, netted more than $200,000.  Dr. Gentile spoke about media coverage, the event’s honorees—Lynn Guthrie Baumgardner and Chef Marvin Woods—and thanked the trustees for their ongoing support.

--Kathy Corbalis, executive director, college relations, reviewed college media coverage and reported on the new Career Focus Magazine, recently mailed to 68,000 homes in the two-county region.

--Dr. Gentile reported on four recent national awards captured by College Relations, and presentations given by Corbalis and Geoffrey Pettifer, director of college marketing, at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations national conference in March.

--Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, reviewed the Board Development & Activity Calendar for the coming month.


The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the Mays Landing Campus.  All are welcome to attend.