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Board Accepts FY’12 Audit; Elects Cape May Co. Resident Treasurer

December 20, 2012

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees accepted the FY’12 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, following a report from Tom Lombarski of Ford Scott & Associates of Ocean City, the college’s audit firm. The vote came at the board’s Dec. 18 meeting.

Lombarski reviewed highlights of the report, noting his firm had issued “an unqualified or ‘clean’ opinion for the college.” He said they identified “no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses” and reported the college’s financial position “remains sound.”

Chairperson David Evans thanked Cathie Skinner, dean of administration and finance, and members of her team. “This reflects outstanding work within our financial department,” he said.

Trustee Brian Lefke introduced the nomination of Trustee Robert Boyer of Villas as treasurer and the board voted to approve him for the post. Boyer, former board chairperson and retired banking executive, will serve until November, 2013, with the slate of officers approved last month.

Trustees Recognize Retiring Dean of Students

The board presented a plaque and honored Carmen Royal, dean of students, of Vineland, who will retire Jan. 1. “You have impacted many thousands of lives,” said Chairman Evans, noting this was the end of a “Royal era” at the college, following the recent retirement of her spouse, Dean Bobby Royal, as well. Dr. Peter Mora, president, praised Dean Royal for her work advocating for students and commented on her “illustrious” career at the college and her participation in statewide professional organizations. Sandi Greco, president of the Atlantic Cape Education Association umbrella group, said with Dean Royal’s retirement, “the college is losing so much.”

In Personnel Matters:

Following the recent retirement of the Director of Student Services for the college’s Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses, the board took these actions “to more efficiently allocate personnel resources”:

--Promoted Nancy Porfido of Egg Harbor City, from director, student development and judicial officer, to director, student development and judicial officer (new pay grade), effective Jan. 1.

--Reassigned Cynthia Correa of Galloway, from associate director, student development, to assistant director, Worthington Atlantic City Campus Student Services, effective Jan. 1.

--Changed the title of Tammy DeFranco of Marmora, from assistant director, WACC and Cape May County Campus Student Services, to assistant director, CMCC Student Services, effective Jan. 1.

Award of Bids:

--Web hosting (outsourcing), 30R Networks, Bridgeton, $21,300.

--Kitchen equipment, for the new WACC Hospitality Wing project, Todd Devin Food Equipment, Yardley, Pa., $661,000.

--Microscopes, I. Miller Precision Optical, Feasterville, Pa., $38,350.

--Walk-in Cooler, Academy of Culinary Arts building, Todd Devin Food Equipment, Yardley, Pa., $19,944.

--State contract, Apple Computers, Apple Computer, Atlanta, $95,535.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved transferring $13,264 from the FY’12 unrestricted fund balance to the Facilities Fee Plant Fund account in FY’13 and designated the monies for repair and renewal projects funded by the Student Facilities Fee not completed by June 30, 2012.

--Accepted the Nov. 30, 2012, financial statement.

In the President’s Report:

--Dean Carmen Royal introduced members of the Student Government Association leadership and commended them for their recent allocation of $10,000 in SGA funds to meet the needs of fellow students affected by Hurricane Sandy. Bryan Dufresne, president, thanked the board, and was accompanied by Harrison Furman, vice president, Mya Issa and Helen Joseph, sophomore senators. The Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, to which they contributed, was initiated by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation. The fund provided approximately $37,000 to 425 students who lost books, computers, wages, transportation or clothing in the storm.

--Dr. Arthur Wexler, vice president, academic affairs, introduced Bo Zilovic, assistant professor, computer information systems, who spoke about the TV Club’s production of Dr. Mora’s State of the College address, a portion of which was aired. Ken Kin, president of the club, outlined the club’s projects to inform students about events and activities on campus. Max Fineran, another member of the group who produced the address, also was recognized.

--Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean, continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus, reported on the Continuing Education Division, outlining the area’s goals, staffing and services provided in its two key areas, workforce development and personal development. During the past year, the CE division has served more than 7,000 persons with an average age of 44.5.

--A recap of the STEM building ceremonial groundbreaking held Dec. 10, and attended by more than 120 people, was provided by Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, Dr. Gentile, and Kathy Corbalis, executive director, college relations. The report included information on the STEM building donor luncheon, attendee list and media coverage.

--Chairperson David Evans thanked members of the Atlantic Cape Education Association in attendance for the bargaining units’ efforts on behalf of Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts at the college.


The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Cape May County Campus. All are welcome to attend.