Board of Trustees Elects 2014-2015 Officers; Approves Reorganization

Maria Torres of Mays Landing was elected chairperson, Dave Coskey of Avalon was named vice chairperson and Maria Mento of Ventnor was appointed treasurer when the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting Nov. 25. Torres is a retired guidance counselor who serves on the board of New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. Coskey is president of Longport Media. Mento is executive vice president and chief finance officer for the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. Sean Fischer of Vineland, dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustees operations, was reappointed board secretary. Their terms run until November 2015.

Board members also approved their regular meeting date—the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding August, at 7 p.m.—and set official banking depositories.

In Personnel Action:

–The board appointed Myrna Morales-Keklak of Somers Point, division chair, nursing and allied health programs, effective Jan. 1.

–The board approved Elizabeth McFadden of Somers Point, clerk, perishable storeroom, effective Nov. 26.

–The board appointed Ryant Rivera of Vineland, housekeeper I, facilities management, effective Nov. 26.

–The board accepted the resignation of Kathleen Denice, testing assistant, retroactive to Nov. 14.

Board Eliminates Two Degrees

The board approved dropping the Associate in Applied Science in Accounting and the Associate in Applied Science Accounting Information Systems Option, effective spring 2015. The decision was based on changes in the accounting field that now require students to hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to secure employment.

The Board Approved the Following Contracts:

–Support agreement for FY’15/16 for information technology services to Ocean Computer Group, Matawan, $31,471.

–I-Building re-roofing to Statewide Fire Restoration Inc., Vineland, $56,299.

–Culinary equipment to Todd Devin Food, Yardley, Pennsylvania, $39,108, and Don J. Urie Associates, Vineland, $2,848.

–Non-bid award for magazine publication, Academic Marketing Inc., Bellville, Michigan, $25,000.

–Three-year Blackboard support services renewal to Blackboard Inc., Washington, D.C., $326,880.

–Non-bid award for August Daquila, dean of administration and business services, to enter into a cooperative pricing agreement with the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the Oct. 31, 2014, financial statement.

–Renewed a contract with Follett Higher Education Group for bookstore services for 12 months, Dec. 31, 2014-Dec. 31, 2015.

–Approved a one-year agreement with Cape Bank for banking services, effective Feb. 12.

–Accepted a cost reimbursable sub-grant from Rutgers University’s Center for Effective School Practices for $17,773 for the implementation of the N.J. Race to the Top Early Learning Training Academy’s services and activities in the southern region over the term of July 18-Dec. 31, 2014.

–Approved renaming the Airplane Flight Instructor Certificate to Flight Instructor Certificate to reflect changes to the program that incorporate training for students interested in becoming helicopter pilots, effective fall 2015.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs, reported on this month’s Penn TESOL East, a national English as a second language conference, where he and faculty members Judith Otterburn-Martinez and Susan DePhillipis represented the college. They presented on the college’s initiative to connect ESL students to career planning and pathways.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, honored Rhonda Lowery, executive director of the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board, as an “unsung hero” for her work to establish partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, educational institutions, including Atlantic Cape, and government agencies to provide a seamless system of employment, training and social services to residents and employers in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Andre Richburg, dean of enrollment management and college relations, announced the college has a memorandum of understanding with GoArmyEd, the virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers to manage their education.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Mays Landing Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.

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