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Trustee Board Elects 2012-2013 Officers

November 29, 2012

David Evans of Galloway was elected chairperson and Maria Torres of Mays Landing was named vice chairperson when the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting Nov. 27. Evans is a Galloway Public Schools educator and Torres is a retired guidance counselor who serves on the board of New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. A nomination for the treasurer post is expected at the December meeting. BettyAnn Inloes Hines of Laureldale was reappointed board secretary. Their terms run until November 2013.

Board members also approved their regular meeting date—the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.—and set official banking depositories.

Board Approves New Degrees, Professional Series for Fall 2013

Trustees approved four new degrees: biomedical science, chemistry and environmental science, all associate in science degrees, and radiologic technology, associate in applied science degree, in conjunction with Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology. They also approved the Android programmer professional series. Pending approval by the state, all will take effect in Fall 2013.

In Personnel Action:

The board approved three retirements:

Carmen Royal of Vineland, dean of students, effective Jan. 1. A college employee since 1980, Dean Royal served as bilingual EOF counselor, director of student activities and athletics and associate dean of student development before being named dean of students. She was recognized for her outstanding career of service to Atlantic Cape students. “Carmen is truly an advocate for students,” said Dr. Peter Mora, president. Former Dean of Students Pat Luciano wrote, “The students adore her for she truly cares for them.” She served on numerous college committees, including Middle States, three presidential search committees and, most recently, co-chaired the Enrollment Management & Student Success Cross Functional Committee.

Gerri Black of Egg Harbor Township, associate professor of English, effective Feb. 1. Professor Black joined the college as a part-time instructor in 1991, securing a full-time assistant professor position in 1992 and her current rank in 2008. A well-loved instructor, Professor Black received the 2006 and 2007 Faculty Member of the Year award and served for 10 years as advisor and editor to Rewrites, the college’s literary magazine. English Department Chairperson Denise Coulter wrote, “Professor Black has a solid understanding of the community college student and genuinely cares for each learner that passes through the doors of her classroom or office.”

Ann McClaskey of Egg Harbor Township, clerk, dean of Worthington Atlantic City Campus and community affairs, effective Dec. 31. She joined the college in 1982, holding positions in the college’s cafeteria, president’s office and continuing education. The recipient of numerous Perfect Attendance Awards, she was recognized by current and past supervisors as having a “calm and friendly approach to her job,” “strong interpersonal skills with students and coworkers” and providing “excellent customer service.”

In Other Personnel Action, the Board:

--Appointed Jay Peterson of Howell, department chair, English, effective Jan 1.

--Accepted the resignations of Denise Coulter, department chair, English, effective Dec. 31, and Dharmesh Dave, program coordinator, workforce development, retroactive to Nov. 2.

--Promoted John Feldbauer of Egg Harbor City, from director of personal computing services, to director of personal computing services and telephony, information technology services, retroactive to Sept. 1.

The Board Approved These Contracts and Services:

--Apple computers and equipment, CRDA funding, Apple Computer, Atlanta, $40,676.

--Non-bid awards for these food service vendors with which the college expects to spend more than $17,500 during FY’13: Ashley Foods, Philadelphia; B.F. Mazzeo Fruit & Produce, Northfield; Balford Farms, Burlington; Dawn Food Products, Inc., Edison; JJ Foods, Sewell; Rastelli Seafood, Egg Harbor City; and US Food Service, Bridgeport.

They also amended the professional services contract for architectural and engineering services for the STEM building due to a change in scope of services, total of an additional $101,301, to Stantec Architecture, Philadelphia.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved the Oct. 31, 2012, financial statement.

--Returned $14,007 in endowed funds held in the name of the Soroptimist International to that organization. The group intends to establish an endowed scholarship through the Atlantic Cape Foundation.

--Approved the Human Resources/Security policy relating to Medical and Other Emergencies and removed an Emeritus Status policy, due to duplication, and categorized another policy on the same topic.

--Okayed the college’s application to the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development for an anticipated literacy grant of about $150,000.

--Heard from Caesar Niglio, vice president of the Supportive Staff Association, who reported on Atlantic Cape Community College Education Association activities to aid both employees and students affected by Hurricane Sandy. They have offered assistance to the Human Resources department, purchased $2,000 worth of textbooks to replace those lost in the storm and made an $1,800 donation to purchase 800 meals under the Campus Kitchen project in which the Academy of Culinary Arts participates. He said, “I’d like to recognize Dean Royal who helped us over the years and helped us work with students. All units will miss you.”

In the President’s Report:

 --Cathie Skinner, dean, administration and finance, and Eileen Curristine, dean, human resources, public safety & compliance, gave reports on the scope and responsibilities of their respective areas.

--Members of the Senior Staff spoke about the college’s wide-ranging response to Hurricane Sandy, including its financial and academic support for students, outreach to employees, and security and facilities responses. “I am extremely proud of those who have helped in this effort,” Dr. Mora said.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Mays Landing Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.