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ACCC Board Approves Updated Conflict of Interest Policy - Dec. 2005

December 15, 2005

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees approved an updated code of ethics pertaining to conflicts of interest for college trustees and the president when they met in regular session Dec. 13.

The revised code incorporates and abides by terms and conditions of executive order 65 issued by Acting Governor Richard Codey Nov. 15. As part of the ethics revisions, the board voted to require trustees to annually sign and submit the state financial disclosure statement and to annually review and receive "Eight Key Principles for Community College Trustees," a publication of the N.J. Council of County Colleges. After its passage, Dr. Liz Dworsky, chairperson of the board’s personnel committee, said, "We now have one of the most up-to-date policies in the state."

In Personnel Matters, the Board:

--Accepted the retirement of Yechiel Lehavy, Margate, professor of anthropology and sociology, effective Jan. 1, 2007. A faculty member at the college for more than 34 years, Lehavy was recognized for his "long-time leadership role with the college’s collective bargaining units (that) helped shape and foster a progressive and professional working relationship between faculty, staff and management."

He was also cited for his "extensive extra-curricular service with student activities and community initiatives." The board extended him "its appreciation for a distinguished career of loyalty and service to ACCC."

--Appointed Cherylann Bartello, Ocean City, admissions specialist/culinary recruiter, a grant-funded position; and Sean Fischer, Williamstown, institutional development and advancement specialist, both effective Dec. 14.

--Approved a title change for Dr. Barbara Warner, Absecon, from associate professor of nursing to associate professor of psychology, effective Sept. 1, 2006.

Resolution Memorializes Former Chairman Chuck Reynolds

In memory of Charles "Chuck" Reynolds, who died Nov. 17, the board passed a resolution honoring him and expressing its condolences to his family. The board remembered Reynolds for his leadership and dedication as a trustee from March 1991 to September 2001 and as board chairman from 1993-1996 and from 1999-2000. The former chairman was a key member and tireless advocate of the board’s minority affairs committee and was active in many civic and higher education endeavors.

In the President’s Report:

--Dr. Peter Mora announced that as part of his community service work he and his spouse, Dr. Theresa DeFranco, will serve as co-chairpersons of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties "Bowl for Kids Sake" in March. The project will focus on supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters efforts in both Atlantic and Cape May counties.

--Carmen Royal, dean of students, gave a comprehensive report on NJ STARS, a state-sponsored scholarship program that covers the cost of tuition and approved fees at community colleges for students in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class. ACCC has 116 first- and second-year students attending who are funded under the NJ STARS program. The level of participation more than doubled from the first to the second year of the program.

--Pat Owens, acting dean of continuing education and resource development, gave an overview of The Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala, scheduled for March 23, as well as a five-year review of the event’s proceeds and expenses. Vernon Hill, chief executive officer of Commerce Bank, has agreed to serve as honoree and has pledged to help the event committee match Commerce’s $50,000 sponsorship. This year’s fund-raising goal is $208,000.

--Vice Chairperson Robert Boyer, a member of the ACCC Foundation, asked the trustees’ support of the event and requested they each sell two Gala raffle tickets, the proceeds from which provide non-culinary scholarships.

--Owens also announced the continuing education area received an $853,875 casino consortium contract from the N.J. Dept. of Labor, and the college relations office won a first place Pepperpot Award for public relations work on the Cape May County Campus grand opening.

In Other Business:

--The board approved the monthly financial statement, as presented by Boyer.

--Trustee Lynn Kramer thanked the staff for its preparation of the FY’06 Grants Directory. Cathie Skinner, executive director of finance, prepared the report with assistance from her staff, resource development and academics.

--Boyer reported the ACCC Foundation had received a $10,000 gift in memory of Dr. James Callaway of Cape May Court House. The monies will be used to create an endowment to provide emergency funds for African-American male students with financial need not covered by financial aid.

--Trustee David Evans said his daughter would enter the college under the NJ STARS program in January and cited college staff who worked with her. "My hat is off to everyone here," he said.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in J-202, Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.