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Trustees Approve Three Retirements, Other Personnel Matters

July 25, 2012

 The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved retirements for three long-term employees and voted on other personnel matters when they met July 24.

Rosemarie Conaghy of Collings Lakes, office assistant in the career and academic planning center, was recognized for her thoughtful and caring service to the staff and students of Atlantic Cape. “Rosie,” who has worked in student services for more than 25 years, was named Employee of the Quarter in 2002 and was known for “her commitment to the college’s mission and her dedication in assisting the student population,” according to her supervisor. She will retire Aug. 31.

Also retiring Aug. 31 is Nicholas Donato of Mays Landing, receiving clerk for the perishable storeroom, who has served the college for more than 22 years. Nick was recognized for his “excellent rapport with supervisors, coworkers and culinary staff” and for receiving multiple Perfect Attendance awards.

Long-time adjunct faculty member Mary-Ann Boyce of North Cape May will retire from part-time teaching in the information systems department where she had earned senior adjunct status. Mary-Ann was recognized as a tireless advocate for the college during her 24 years of teaching computer and programming classes. The retirement was effective July 24.

Vice-chairperson David Evans said, “These outstanding employees will be missed greatly.” Trustee Donald Parker noted the employees had more than 71 years of combined service.

To cover the responsibilities handled by recently retired Dean Bobby Royal, the board approved title changes and salary adjustments for two senior staff members. Dr. Richard Perniciaro’s title will become dean, Worthington Atlantic City Campus, community affairs, facilities, planning and research, from dean, facilities, planning and research. Eileen Curristine’s title will go to dean, human resources, public safety and compliance, from dean, human resources and compliance. Both deans had handled those responsibilities during Dean Royal’s leave of absence prior to his July 1 retirement. Both will receive 5 percent base salary increases effective July 25.

Trustee Donald Parker, who introduced the resolution, commended the college “on reducing administrative costs and overhead.” The elimination of the dean position and the accompanying title changes are projected to produce a $125,768 net annual savings. The board approved the resolution after a move to table the title changes for six months did not pass.

The board appointed Sandra Anderson of Galloway, program assistant, continuing education/workforce development, effective July 25.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

--Academy of Culinary Arts supplies, Camden Bag & Paper, Mount Laurel; Edward Don & Co., Mount Laurel; Joseph Gartland, Bellmawr; Penn Jersey, Egg Harbor Township; Hubert, Harrison, Ohio, total of $65,566.

--Media buying services, covering annual advertising for college relations, marketing, continuing education and Academy of Culinary Arts, Success Communications Group, Parsippany, not to exceed $93,000.

--Annual membership, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, Trenton, $49,895.

--Fuel oil and gasoline, state contract, Pedroni Fuel Oil, Vineland, not to exceed $49,000.

--Library books and publications for college’s three libraries, Baker &Taylor, Bridgewater, $50,000.

--Software maintenance and support services, Datatel, Fairfax, Va., $313,327.

--Maintenance and inspection of the college’s fire alarm system, Simplex Grinnell, Horsham, Pa., $18,958.

--Software license and online course registration for online training and education for adult education, career and corporate training programs, Education to Go, Chicago, $19,971.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved the June 30, 2012, financial statement. In response to a question from Trustee Helen Walsh, Dean of Finance Cathie Skinner said the college would have an estimated fund balance of $2.6-$2.8 million after closing out FY’12 and applying $1 million to the FY’13 budget.

--Dr. Arthur Wexler, vice president of academic affairs, reported on his area in the President’s Report. He outlined the area’s organizational structure and each unit’s responsibilities; degrees, certificates and professional series offered; college and program accreditations; library, computer lab and tutoring usage; and articulation agreements with colleges and area high schools.

--In the public portion of the meeting, the board heard from Sandra Greco, Atlantic Cape Education Association umbrella president. She commended the college’s recent cost containment efforts, but said the bargaining units were concerned about the impact on students of a recent reorganization under which some employees will take on additional responsibilities. She said the bargaining units were willing to work with the administration “to create the best possible environment for the college community.”

--Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, provided the Board Calendar of Events.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202. All are welcome to attend.