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Board Approves Three-year Contract for President

June 3, 2008


Atlantic Cape Community College trustees voted to authorize a new three-year contract for Dr. Peter Mora, ACCC president, effective July 1, 2008-June 30, 2011.

In approving the contract, the board expressed "its admiration and appreciation of Dr. Mora's leadership capabilities, his professional relationships with internal and external audiences and his vision of the institution..." 

The president's performance was reviewed by the Presidential Evaluation Committee which found that "Dr. Mora's professional and personal skills and abilities have promoted an environment of trust with the Board of Trustees, empowerment within the college community and respect and recognition from the external community."

Contract terms remain the same as in the previous agreement that expires June 30, except for the addition of a renewal notification clause.

Exempt Employees To Receive 4% Base Salary Increase

Full-time ACCC employees exempted from bargaining unit membership will receive a 4 percent base salary increase, effective July 1, following board action.  Under college policy, "salary increases for administrators and support personnel in positions not under collective bargaining agreements shall be given on the annual recommendation of the President and approved by the Board of Trustees."

Appointments, Resignation, Promotion Approved

The board made these appointments:

--Herbert Belton Jr. of Pleasantville, maintenance mechanic II, effective June 2;

--Paula Pitcher of Bridgeton, assistant dean, institutional research and assessment, effective June 16;

--Dr. Barbara Warner of Absecon, chairwoman, social science department, effective May 27; and

--Dominic Zanghi of Linwood, security guard I, effective May 28.

--The board accepted the resignation of Maryann Carol of Cherry Hill, director of instructional technology, retroactive to May 15.

--Marilyn Malerba Keiner of Linwood was promoted from associate to full professor of business and paralegal studies, effective Sept. 2.

The board recognized Myrna Morales Keklak of Toms River, assistant professor of nursing, for her contributions to the success of ACCC students as demonstrated by her selection as the 2007-2008 Faculty Member of the Year. 

Contracts, Purchases:

--Professional services, branding and repositioning, Clarus Corp, Alliance, Neb., not to exceed $65,000, with $20,000 to be paid by college funds and the rest by the Foundation.

-- Professional services, auditing, two-year contract, Bowman and Company, Voorhees, total of $89,350.

--Adult Education Grant (FY'08) reimbursement for payroll, benefits and supplies, Pleasantville Public Schools, $21,085.

--Software, installation, hardware and training for ACA and perishable storeroom, Culinary Software Services, Boulder, Colo., $58,632.

In Other Business:

--The monthly financial report and the annual budget message were approved as presented by Dr. Liz Dworsky, treasurer.

--Trustees approved a revision to Resolution #82, previously approved by the board, to state the exact amount of the grant applied for as $825,192.

--The board approved the college's application for a $518,191 FY'09 Perkins Grant.

--Trustee Mary Long reported the Academic & Student Affairs Committee asked to table a resolution to increase the Dual Credit Enrollment Program tuition rate, pending review. Carmen Royal, dean of students, told the committee that enrollments from Cape May County's western region have grown steadily since 2000.

--For the ACCC Foundation, Trustee Don Parker reported that many Foundation Board members attended the May 21 Scholarship Awards event to present scholarships. A $100,000 endowed scholarship gift was received to create the Baucus & Co. Scholarship program.  An additional $10,000 bequest is pending from the estate of Lucille Lupton.  Contributions to the Foundation through the 2007 Public Employees Charitable Campaign totaled $3,751, up 74 percent over 2006. At its June 12 meeting, the Foundation will honor outgoing President Lynda Pagliughi.

--Trustee Lynn Baumgardner, for the Diversity and Equity Committee, gave a report on the Philadanco performance and a procurement fair for minority and women business owners. 

--Trustee David Evans praised the recent Employee Service Awards program.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Mora and Carmen Royal reported on the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championship held May 15-18 at ACCC. ACCC archer Steve Gatto of Hammonton came in second among the approximately 170 archers from colleges across the country. Dr. Helen Bolnick was named 2008 Coach of the Year.

--Distinguished guests from the city, county, state and federal government, as well as area business and health care partners joined college officials in a grand opening ceremony for the Health Professions Institute May 22.  Pat Gentile, dean of continuing education and resource development, and Bobby Royal, dean of Worthington Atlantic City Campus and community affairs, provided background on the HPI event and WACC open houses held that week.

--Dean Carmen Royal reported on a host of successful counseling and student services events and programs, including College Awareness Day, Student Government Association banquet, student leadership programs, the Counseling and Support Services luncheon and Chi Alpha Epsilon induction ceremony.

--Pat Gentile was appointed to the Council for Resource Development Federal Funding Task Force.

--Brittany Williams, executive assistant to the president/director of board of trustees services, was named to A.C. Weekly's "Top 40 Under 40" and received her master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.


The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, at the Cape May County Campus, Middle Township.  All are welcome to attend.