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ACCC Names Senior Management Team; Approves New Technical Studies Degree - January 2006

January 26, 2006

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE-The Board of Trustees of Atlantic Cape Community College, meeting at ACCC's campus here, approved five promotions and changed two administrators' titles to complete the reorganization of the college's senior management. All report to college president, Dr. Peter Mora.

Promoted from acting positions, effective Jan. 25, were:

Patricia Gentile Owens, Egg Harbor Township, from acting dean to dean of continuing education and resource development. She is responsible for managing continuing education, grants and fund raising, and external communications.

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, Pleasantville, from acting dean to dean of administration, planning and research. He is responsible for managing business services, facilities, research, planning and assessment along with coordinating the operation of ACCC's Center for Regional and Business Research.

Dr. Joseph Rossi, Cold Spring, from acting dean to dean of the Cape May County Campus and labor relations. His responsibilities include overseeing security, managing human resources, and serving as chief operating officer for the campus at Cape May Court House.

Bobby Royal, Sr., Vineland, from acting dean to dean of the Worthington Atlantic City Center and community affairs. Besides serving as the chief operating officer for the Worthington facility, his portfolio includes affirmative action efforts and supervision of community and cultural affairs.

Dr. Arthur Wexler, Mays Landing, from acting senior dean to senior dean of academic affairs. He serves as chief academic officer for the college. Among his responsibilities are academic curricula and faculty, the Academy of Culinary Arts and academic support services.

Effective Jan. 26, titles for Catherine Skinner, Mays Landing, and Douglas Hedges, Vineland, were changed from executive director to dean. Skinner, finance, oversees the budget, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, audit and financial reporting. Hedges, information technology services, is responsible for these services: desktop personal computers, Internet and data network, voice and video, as well as administrative and academic systems servers.

Carmen Royal, Vineland, dean of students, continues to serve in that capacity, completing the college's senior staff. She heads an area that provides a wide range of student services, including admissions, counseling, student activities, athletics, financial aid, testing and enrollment.

In Other Personnel Action:

The board appointed Hal Lugerner, Egg Harbor City, counselor I, effective Jan. 25. They also accepted resignations from Annemarie Wagner-Fehn, student development office assistant, and Donna Vassallo, instructor, hospitality management, effective Jan. 19 and June 30, respectively.

The board revised the ethics policy resolution it endorsed at the December meeting by adding the words “as required” in relation to document submissions, adding the month in which each portion of the compliance process must be completed, and including the state's Executive Order 65 disclosure form.

New Degree Program Approved

The board approved a new degree program for students based, in part, on their practical experience and training for certification or licensing. The associate in applied science in technical studies degree was developed under a statewide program spearheaded by the N.J. Council of County Colleges.

In addition to 25 credits that may be allowed for experience and study, earning the new associate of science degree in technical studies requires 20-23 credits of general education courses and 19 in directed electives.

An applicant's technical experience and training will be evaluated by the American Council on Education and transferred to ACCC as a “core cluster.” General education courses consist of liberal arts classes required of every degree student. Courses designated “directed electives” will be determined by ACCC departments.

The new degree program is targeted to begin in the fall 2006 semester. A model of the program was developed by New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education, or PLACE.

Among the benefits for students earning this degree are that it helps ease the transition into a career in management, expands one's educational horizons and may enhance earning power, according to Dr. Ron McArthur, acting dean of instruction.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Mora announced that Lynn Baumgardner, chairperson of the board's minority affairs committee, along with Deans Carmen Royal and Bobby Royal, has been selected to present at the upcoming statewide Best Practices Conference.

--Dean Carmen Royal handed out a schedule of Black History Month activities and highlighted major events, adding that participants in the college's Adopt-a-School program had been invited to attend some activities.

Board Approves These Contracts:

--Bookstore operations at the Mays Landing and Cape May County campuses, Follett, at an annual commission to the college of the higher of $100,000 guaranteed or 8% of sales up to and 9% of sales over $2 million. The contract runs Feb. 1, 2006-June 30, 2007 and includes $5,000 in book scholarships and the development of an advisory council on bookstore operations.

--Sixty-month copier lease/purchase for the Mays Landing Campus division office, Xerox, Cherry Hill, $30,023.

--Sixty-month lease/purchase of two copiers for the college print shop, Xerox, Cherry Hill, $89,914.

--Renewal of agreement with Macao Polytechnic Institute for leasing of Casino Career Institute curriculum. The three-and-a-half year agreement calls for these fees to be paid to ACCC: $18,750, 2006; $25,000, 2007 and 2008; and $16,750, 2009. Additionally, MPI will pay the college $10 per training certificate issued and for subsidiary training contracts.

Perkins Grant Budget Amended

The board approved an amendment to the budget for the FY'06 $514,445 Perkins grant. The amendment reallocates $79,366 with no change in the project's original focus.

In Other Business:

--The board welcomed new trustee, Helen Walsh, an Atlantic County appointee. Walsh of Margate, retired Atlantic County administrator, will serve until 2009.
--The board accepted the monthly financial report.

--Trustee Eric Reynolds, chairperson of the Long-range Planning and Academic Affairs committee, asked Terry Sampson, executive director, business services, to give an update on the request for proposal for a new academic and facilities master plan. Proposals are due Feb. 3 and a short list will be developed at that time, Sampson said, with vendors requested to make a presentation to college officials. An internal technical committee will support the process.

--Also under that report, Dr. Mora outlined ongoing work to “re-engineer” the Academy of Culinary Arts in light of declining enrollments. A model in use at a New York state community college that links the culinary program with a hospitality management degree is under study. Also planned is the use of ACA faculty to provide continuing education workforce training.

--Trustee Albert Monillas gave the ACCC Foundation report. At its Jan. 26 meeting, the Foundation will make the 2006-2007 scholarship allocation based on its fund-raising and endowment proceeds. Invitations to The Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala will be mailed the first week in February.

-- Trustee Baumgardner, reporting for the minority affairs committee, encouraged trustees to attend upcoming Black History Month events at the college. She also asked board members to come to the Best Practices Conference in April.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.