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Trustees Endorse Pay Increase for President

March 27, 2009


Praising the president's service to the college, Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees voted to increase Dr. Peter Mora's salary to $172,664 from $166,023, retroactive to July 1, 2008.  The action came at the board's March 24 meeting at the college's Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

 The 4 percent raise followed the president's annual compensation review and performance evaluation in which Dr. Mora's performance was found to be "excellent" and "characterized by high levels of effectiveness." The board also approved an unmatched pension contribution for Dr. Mora of $18,129.72 for 2008-2009. 

The board completed a review of Dr. Mora's performance based on five mutually agreed-upon presidential goals for 2007-2008, and found he had met all goals.  The Evaluation Committee said the president'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."

 "You are doing an outstanding job for the college," said Chairman Nick Talvacchia.

Trustees also adopted a new college policy, No. 24, that will formalize the president's performance evaluation process and amended their bylaws to reflect a standing President's Evaluation Committee

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

--Appointed William Ice, Mays Landing, housekeeper, facilities, effective March 25.

--Appointed John Wade Jr., Forked River, maintenance technician, facilities, effective March 25.

--Promoted faculty member Mark Camma, Pitman, from assistant professor, accounting, to associate professor, accounting, effective Aug. 31.

Trustees Approve Retirements, Approve New Policy for Faculty

The board approved the retirements of long-time employees Joanne Gleason and Marge Battistelli, effective June 26, and passed resolutions honoring them.

Gleason of Nesco served the college for 30 years. As a senior manager in the admissions department she "provided countless students and their families with thoughtful advice, effective academic planning and knowledgeable counsel on navigating federal requirements of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for international students." She was recognized for her attention to detail and commitment to excellence, passion for her work and dedicated and dependable personality. 

Battistelli of Mays Landing served the college for 25 years, most recently as office coordinator in academic support services and "provided exemplary operational and instructional support to the college's library and learning assistance centers." The board resolution said, "her thoughtful and meticulous approach to work has been integral to the successful delivery of educational workshops, resource-based orientations and tutoring services."

The board approved a new policy granting a 60 percent work load for full-time faculty members for up to one semester for the purpose of completing the final stage of doctoral studies at an accredited institution in a field related to their teaching and/or to participate in an activity that aims to ensure the highest level of competence in a field related to their teaching. Applicants must have three years of consecutive service as a full-time faculty member and be in the final stage of doctoral studies.

In Grant Action, the Board:

--Accepted a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration for a community-based job training grant. The grant will provide academic and workforce training programs in the burgeoning geographic information systems field and train entry-level and advanced users in GIS. ACCC will partner with the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board, employers, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Cape May Technical H.S., Cumberland County Tech and other community organizations to develop and implement the GIS Workforce Education Project of Southern New Jersey. The grant runs through Feb. 14, 2012.

The board recognized the team who prepared the grant, including Loretta Dicker, assistant professor of CIS; Linda Dolan, grant writer; Otto Hernandez, professor of CIS; Jean McAlister, associate dean of continuing education; Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research; Michael Rennick, senior manager, advancement; and Jeff Wenzel, senior manager, continuing education compliance and budgets.

Purchases and Contracts:

The board awarded these contracts from Chapter 12 funding:

--Sealing, repair and cleaning of buildings on the Mays Landing Campus, Spartan Construction, Inc., Oakhurst, $179,450.

--Replace and upgrade original curtain rigging in the Walter Edge Theater, Network Construction Co., Pleasantville, $136,661.

--Replace light control system, sound system and electrical upgrades and accommodations for new systems in Walter Edge Theater, Calvi Electric, Atlantic City, $435,896.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Art Wexler, senior dean of academic affairs, introduced the Honorable Robert J. Switzer, a local municipal court judge who is this year's Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor.  Switzer's course, in addition to classroom work, exposes students to the courtroom and real-life legal situations.  Four of his students, Daniel Thoren, chair of the business department, and Thomas Innocente, assistant professor, criminal justice, were also introduced to talk about various aspects of the program.

--Dr. Mora presented media coverage of the Student Life Center grand opening at the Mays Landing Campus and briefed the board on the Community College Ambassador Day held in Trenton.

--The Casino Career Institute's 30th anniversary was celebrated at the recent Atlantic City Hotel and Lodging Association event, at which Dr. Mora was the keynote speaker.

--Patricia Gentile, dean of continuing education and resource development, thanked the board for its support of the ACCC Restaurant Gala held March 12 at Bally's. Gentile said the event netted more than $200,000 and reached an important milestone in its 26-year-history, topping the $2 million mark in funds raised for culinary and college scholarships.

--Brittany Williams, interim associate dean of human resources and labor relations, executive assistant to the president and director of board services, gave an update on upcoming board activities.

In Other Business:

--The board voted to approve the Feb. 28, 2009, financial statement.

Minutes of each board meeting are approved at the following month's meeting.  Full minutes are then posted at

The next board of trustees meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at the Cape May County Campus.  All are welcome to attend.