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Board Hires New Dean of Students, Promotes Faculty

May 30, 2013

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees hired a new dean of students, approved the retirement of a veteran staff member and promoted five faculty when the group met in regular session May 28.

Dr. Mitchell Levy of Fort Lee will join the college as dean of students, effective July 1. Dr. Levy serves as clinical management team supervisor/counselor at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, N.Y., where he has worked since 2008, previously serving as executive director of the Center of Counseling, Advising and Academic Support. Dr. Levy holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology and a master’s in counseling and guidance, all from Boston University. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and human systems from Florida State University.

The new dean fills the position vacated when Carmen Royal retired earlier this year. Under a reorganization to focus on student success and retention, President Peter Mora said Dr. Levy will oversee the traditional “student affairs” functions of counseling, advising, enrollment services, student activities and athletics. The college will centralize “enrollment management” functions under Dr. Patricia Gentile, who will head admissions, recruitment, marketing and public relations, as well as financial aid and testing.

Trustees Approve Retirement for Veteran Employee

An Atlantic Cape employee since 1985, Josie Chivalette of Galloway will retire July 31, following board approval. Director of Worthington Atlantic City Campus Program Support Services, Josie has held a variety of roles at the college, including assistant director of city center administrative services, office coordinator and Casino Career Institute account clerk I and II. The college recognized her outstanding service with the Employee of the Quarter award as well as many Perfect Attendance certificates. Former supervisor Dean Bobby Royal said, “Josie leads by example and creates a culture of mutual trust and caring.”

Board Promotes Faculty

These faculty will receive promotions from assistant to associate professor effective Sept. 3: Neera Desai of Voorhees, developmental mathematics; Michelle Leacott of Turnersville, mathematics; William Lemons of Hammonton, business; Svetlana Marzelli of Mays Landing, computer information systems; and Donna Vassallo of Egg Harbor Township, hospitality management and business.

Board Approves Personnel Resolutions:

--Alison Blizzard of Estell Manor was appointed senior manager, compliance, effective April 24.

--Diana Logan of Pleasantville was appointed temporary financial aid specialist, effective May 29.

--Michael Bruckler of Galloway was promoted from director, college marketing, to director, college relations, effective July 1.

--The title for Dr. Ronald McArthur of Mays Landing will change from dean, instruction, to dean, liberal studies, effective July 1, with no change in salary.

--The title for Dr. Gentile of Egg Harbor Township will change from dean, continuing education, resource development and CMCC operations, to dean, advancement, enrollment management and CMCC operations, effective July 1, with a 2 percent base salary increase.

--Resignations from Dennis Furgione, senior research technician, institutional research, and Timothy Hayek, maintenance mechanic II, facilities management, were accepted, effective May 27 and May 31, respectively.

Contracts and Purchases:

--Art Gallery relocation construction, (Chapter 12), R.Wilkinson & Sons Construction, Inc., Absecon, $138,289.

--Programming services, Student Success Centers, academic renovations (Chapter 12), Daley + Jalboot Architects, Philadelphia, $88,500

--Software upgrade, flight simulator, (FY’13 Perkins funds), Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc., Austin, Texas, $21,869.

--Printing, 2013-14 Continuing Education guides, Bartash Printing, Philadelphia, $20,050.

--Paper and envelopes, Paper Mart, East Hanover, $43,633.

--Fire alarm systems, annual contract, sole source, Simplex Grinnell, Horsham, Pa., $19,380.

--Auditing services, two-year contract, Bowman & Co., Woodbury, $79,800.

--Authorization for the college to enter into a three-year contract with Golden Corral for food service and catering operations at the Mays Landing campus and vending at all three campuses.

--Professional consulting services for six months to identify and explore initiatives to increase or generate auxiliary services revenue, GoldGroup, LLC, of Philadelphia, $33,000.

Honorary Degrees Granted

The board voted to grant honorary associate in arts degrees to Fatjona Lubonja and Bakari Lee, in recognition of their service, respectively, as 2013 Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor and commencement speaker. Dr. Lubonja spoke about her work with the college’s English as a Second Language students and faculty.

Academic Program Changes Approved

The college will offer one new degree and drop three others following board approval. The biology A.S. degree will be offered beginning with the Fall 2014 semester. Degrees eliminated were: education option, liberal arts, A.A.; computational science option, computer information systems, A.S.; and solar energy technology option, technical studies, A.A.S. These degrees either were replaced by another program or no longer had a market.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved the March 31 and April 30, 2013, financial statements and acknowledged the FY’14 Annual Budget Message.

--Accepted a revision to the FY’2014 Tuition and Fee schedule that reflects $3.50 and $5.50 charges, respectively, for summer, and fall and spring student accident insurance. Due to pending legislation, the college is not offering a plan for student health insurance.

--Authorized the award of a contract with T.L.Groseclose Associates for student insurance, accident and catastrophic coverage for sports. The value of the acquisition will exceed the “pay to play” requirements of $17,500.

--Authorized application to N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development for a Workforce Investment Action Title II, Adult Education and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Grant, Year 2. The grant is expected to run July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 and total $697,406.

--Approved application to the N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development for a $50,945 Opportunity4Jersey Training Grant that would run June 2013-May 2014.

--Approved the Student Affairs Involuntary Withdrawal policy.

--Closed seven accounts with Ocean City Home Bank.

In the President’s Report:

--Assistant Professor of English Richard Russell and Erica Villani, advisor and editor, respectively, of Rewrites, presented copies of the annual literary publication and spoke about the process of developing it and the experiences gained.

--Mike Rennick, assistant athletics director, gave a presentation on the college’s athletics teams and the many honors the college’s student athletes captured this year. Athletes Kerry Player, Sungwoo Shin and Danielle Kebert attended the meeting and were recognized.

--Dr. Mora reported on the recent statewide Best Practices Conference, which attracted more than 200 attendees to the college, and last week’s 46th annual commencement. He provided event highlights and praised college staff who worked diligently to make both events a success.

--Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean, Facilities, Planning, Research and WACC Operations, provided an update on the college’s construction projects, the upcoming solar panel installations and other infrastructure upgrades that will take place beginning this summer on the three campuses.

--On June 13, the American Red Cross will honor Atlantic Cape for work by the college and its foundation to assist students affected by Hurricane Sandy. Dean Gentile, who spearheaded the relief effort, and Trustee Maria Mento, a Red Cross board member, spoke about the Breakfast of Champions event and the Pay it Forward award.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, in Careme’s on the Mays Landing Campus. All are invited to attend.