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ACCC Trustees Make Appointments, Approve Contracts

June 26, 2008

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP-Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees approved personnel resolutions and approved contracts and purchases for the upcoming academic year when they met in regular session June 24 at the college's Cape May County Campus.

The board approved these appointments:

--Joy Jones, Cape May Court House, assistant professor of communication, effective Sept. 2;

--Tina Lashley, Mays Landing, program specialist, continuing education, effective June 25;

--Wen-Mei Lu, Galloway, junior accountant, effective June 25;

--Lena McGowan, Mays Landing, senior clerk, business office, effective July 1;

--Patrice Leatherberry, Pleasantville, permanent program coordinator, learning assistance center, effective July 1; (She served as acting coordinator since October 2007.)

--William Osler, Glassboro, assistant professor of developmental mathematics, effective Sept. 2; and

--Judith Otterburn-Martinez, Newark, assistant professor of English as a second language, effective Sept. 2.

The board promoted Mary Yoa of Ocean City from assistant to associate professor of computer information systems, effective Sept. 2.

They accepted the resignation of Marsha Patrick, assistant professor of allied health, effective June 30.

Sandra Meischker, who has worked at the William J. Spangler Library for nearly 21 years, will retire on Jan. 1, 2009.  The board recognized Meischker for her "knowledgeable and courteous library support services for students and employees throughout two decades of constant technological advancement within information science."  The Mays Landing resident received the college's Perfect Attendance Award 15 times and won the Employee of the Quarter Award in Spring 2001.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

--Media buying services, the Marathon Group, Mount Laurel, not to exceed $80,000.

--Cleaning services, Institute for Service Excellence, East Campus and Rutgers University, South Jersey Building Services, Hammonton, $37,440.

--Central Stores supplies, three vendors, $35,624.25.

Perfect Attendance Award 15 times and won the Employee of the Quarter Award in Spring 2001.

--Paper and envelopes, six-month supply, two vendors, $23,654.85.

--J Building renovations, FY'08 Chapter 12 funding, Axios Inc., Northfield, $1,164,000.

--Science supplies, four vendors, $44,812.20.

--Custodial supplies, five vendors, $86,762.14.

--Academy of Culinary Arts supplies, two vendors, $37,129.12.

--Adult education grant, Cape May County Technical School, Cape May Court House, $25,738.41.

The trustees approved the college's continued participation in the N.J. Community College Insurance Pool and agreed to pay $136,724 for the pool's 2008-2009 N.J. Workers Compensation Fund. They voted to spend a total of $243,569 with Borden Perlman for six additional forms of coverage during FY'09.

In Other Business:

--Dr. Liz Dworsky, treasurer, reviewed the May financial report, which was approved by the board.  "We are in a good financial position," said Cathie Skinner, dean of administration and finance.  Credit hour enrollments are tracking 2.1 percent over budget and expenses are behind projections primarily due to open full-time positions. A positive margin of $2 to $2.5 million is projected for FY'08.

Reviewing the financial report, Trustee Helen Walsh asked how the college commits funds to various strategic goals, information which will be provided in depth at a future meeting of the Long Range Planning and Capital Projects Committee, Dr. Mora said.

--The board authorized a one-year legal services contract for attorney Louis J. Greco, the college's legal counsel since 1983.  The new contract calls for a fee of $40,058, an increase from $38,517, and a 4 percent hourly litigation retainer increase to $117.09 from $112.59.  The contract runs July 1 to June 30, 2009.

--The cultural studies option of the liberal arts degree will be dropped from the curriculum due to lack of enrollment, effective fall 2008.

--The board approved changing the name of the health sciences, associate in science degree, to health services, associate in science degree, effective fall 2008.

--The adoption of the revised information technology services policies was approved by the board.  The revised policies outline the ethical and legal use of software for the academic community, among other issues pertaining to technology procedures within the college.

--Tuition for the Dual Credit Enrollment program for high school students will rise to $40 from $20 a credit hour, following board action.  The change is retroactive to June 1.

--Reporting for the ACCC Foundation, Trustee Don Parker said Will Morey, President and CEO of the Morey Organization, was elected to the group's board at its June 12 meeting to fill a vacancy for the 2007-2010 term.  Clarus Corporation will begin researching the college's brand identity on July 1 and board members will be among many college constituency groups interviewed in the fall for that project. The annual golf tournament will take place Friday, Oct. 3, at the Cape May National Golf Club. Trustee Eric Reynolds will provide more information about hole sponsorships at the July board meeting.

--The board's bi-annual retreat will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 24, at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Arthur Wexler, senior dean of academic affairs, reported on the Police Bike Tour dinner to honor fallen officers hosted by the Academy of Culinary Arts Culinary Student Association May 9.

--Dr. Mora gave an update on the NJ STARS program.  He, the president of Ocean County College and the president of the N.J. Council of County Colleges met with The Press of Atlantic City editorial board recently to discuss budget implications of the program and the governor's proposed income cap.  Mora reported that students already in the pipeline for this scholarship are now assured access for the coming academic year, but that a committee was formed to study revisions to the program that could include more stringent academic and income requirements

--ACCC's team for the American Heart Association Annual Heart Walk, organized by Board Secretary BettyAnn Inloes Hines, raised a record $6,393.  Hines thanked everyone and credited a number of co-workers for making the event a success by involving their community and church groups in the walk.

--Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research, spoke about research reports issued by the Center for Regional and Business Research, which he heads.  He regularly writes columns and is quoted in regional media on housing and employment trends and other economic indices.

--The president reported Bobby Royal, dean, Worthington Atlantic City Campus and community affairs, was sworn in as vice chairman of the Greater Atlantic City Tourism Council.

--Trustee Judy Cole, alumni representative, was honored for her service with a plaque, upon the conclusion of her term.

--Trustee David Evans, who attended Monday's Perfect Attendance Awards program, called it "a great morale booster." 

--Trustee Andrew Melchiorre praised college staff and board members, noting he hears positive things in the community about the college's impact, particularly that of the Cape May County Campus.  "You do tremendous work," he said.  "Thanks for a wonderful job."

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202.  All are welcome to attend.