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ACCC Board Elects 2005-2006 Officers, Reorganizes - November 2005

November 23, 2005

Nov. 23, 2005

Brian Lefke of Somers Point and Robert Boyer of Villas were re-elected chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, when Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting Nov. 22. Nicholas Talvacchia of Margate was again named treasurer. Their terms run until November 2006.

Lefke serves as director of Solid Waste Operations at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Boyer is senior vice president and corporate treasurer at Cape Savings Bank. Talvacchia is an attorney with the firm Cooper Levenson in Atlantic City.

BettyAnn Hines of Mays Landing was re-appointed board secretary. Joining the board for a one-year term was Jayna Laxman of Northfield, a non-voting member representing the student body. A 2005 ACCC graduate who served as a peer leader, Student Government Association club coordinator and international club representative to SGA, she is now doing her optional practical training in business and education. She succeeds Boyd DeLanzo of Ocean City.

The board established its 2005-2006 monthly meeting schedule, which is expected to include six meetings in Mays Landing, four in Cape May County and two in Atlantic City. They also designated banking depositories and outlined signature policies for college checks.

Chairperson Lefke thanked the board and said it had been a productive year. He noted they had “stabilized the China program, started an energy program, opened the Cape May County Campus and hired a new president.”

In Personnel Matters:

--Sonia Cruz, Egg Harbor Township, was named recruitment specialist, Institute for Service Excellence, Continuing Education Department, an externally-funded temporary position, effective Nov. 28.

--Kristin Fletcher, North Cape May, was named admissions specialist, effective Nov. 28.

--The board accepted the resignation of Anthony “Pistol” Ranere, Hammonton, construction manager, effective Dec. 1.

--The board accepted the retirement of Agnes Gallo, Buena, program officer, Business Services, a 22-year veteran, retroactive to Aug. 1, and extended its thanks for her “knowledgeable and dedicated purchasing service.”

Bids and Contracts Approved:

--The board approved three bid-exempt contracts:

--$70,400 with Middle Township Sewer Utility for connection fee for public utility services at the Cape May County Campus.

--$49,841 to Cape May County Technical School for reimbursement of FY'05 Tech-Prep
grant funds.

--$52,587 with Stockton Mechanical Contractors, Inc., for emergency HVAC repairs to a leaking underground heat loop at Mays Landing Campus.

In Grant News:

The board agreed to apply for grants of up to:

--$90,000 from the state Office of Faith Based Initiatives to partner with community and faith-based organizations to provide grant-writing services and training during 2006. ACCC will not select the organizations served; they will be referred to the college by the OFBI.

--$50,000 from the Lenfest Foundation, which funds educational and arts organizations, to update sound and communications systems in the Walter E. Edge Theater in 2006.

--$50,000 from the U.S. Department of Education in Title VI funds for curriculum and professional development activities over four years beginning on Jan. 1, 2006, under the Midwest Institute Consortium.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Pete Mora made several announcements and introduced Dr. Art Wexler, acting senior dean of academic affairs, for a report on Middle States. Wexler said that Dr. Elaine Ryan, chairperson of the college's re-accreditation team, had visited the college recently and provided “useful feedback” on the draft self-study. The college will use the “Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education” as a guidepost for writing the report, which will also incorporate a theme. The full team will visit March 26-29.

-- The president announced that work was proceeding on planning a board retreat. Topics to be covered include board development and self evaluation as well as future directions for the college.

--He circulated a brochure from the N.J. Council of County Colleges featuring a state-wide team of business and labor leaders that is advocating on behalf of the state's community colleges. Local leaders on the blue ribbon committee include Mac Seelig, president of AC Coin and Slot, and Bob McDevitt, president of Hotel and Restaurant Employees, Local 54.

--The president was honored recently by the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with their 2005-2006 Achievement Award.

In Other Business:

--Vice Chairman Robert Boyer presented the October financial report, which was approved.

--Boyer also reported on ACCC Foundation activities. He said the Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament raised $15,000 for scholarships. Leaves for Learning donations have now topped $76,000 with almost 200 donors participating. The next Foundation meeting will be held Dec. 1.

--Trustee Mary Long, for the long-range planning committee, talked about a process that will be used to develop a college master plan that will outline what facilities, infrastructure improvements and enhancements are needed for all campuses based on projected academic offerings. Requests for proposals for the plan will be put out in December with a contract award expected in February.

--Dr. Liz Dworsky, chairperson of the personnel committee, moved to table a resolution that would have revised the board's trustee ethics and conflicts of interest policy. She explained that the move was necessary in light of Acting Governor Richard Codey's executive order last week pertaining to college board ethics. She said that the college attorney would review the order and any other specifics that are provided by the state to determine if the resolution needs to be revised before it is again presented.

-- Chairperson Lefke will poll members on their choices of committee service for the coming year. Trustee David Evans requested that the board divide the academic and long-range planning committee into two separate committees.

--Trustee Lynn Kramer asked for a report on additional enrollment that may have been created due to the opening of the Cape May County Campus.

--Dr. Joseph Rossi, acting dean of Cape May County and Labor Relations, announced the passing of long-time trustee and former board chairperson, Charles “Chuck” Reynolds, who died Nov. 17.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.