Board Appoints New Dean of STEM Programs

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. Elmer Godeny as dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Programs at its Dec. 16 meeting at the Mays Landing Campus.

Godeny fills a new position created by the restructuring of the Academic Affairs administrative team, which has been divided into three divisions: Liberal Studies, Career Education and STEM Programs.

Godeny comes to Atlantic Cape from Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma, where he was associate dean of science and mathematics. He has taught biology for more than 30 years in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana State University and other colleges. He holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center. He has authored numerous articles for medical journals and has presented on his specialty, virology, around the country. His position at Atlantic Cape begins Jan. 5.

In Personnel Action:

–The board appointed Margaret Hurley of Mays Landing temporary office assistant, Office of the President, Board of Trustees, Resource Development, Community and Alumni Outreach, effective Dec. 22.

–The board appointed Marie Pepe of Pleasantville specialist, health care grant program, effective Dec. 19.

Approval of Annual Financial Report

The board accepted the FY’14 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, following a report from Henry Ludwigsen of Bowman & Company LLP of Voorhees, the college’s audit firm.

Ludwigsen stated the firm was issuing an “unmodified or clean opinion” on the college’s financial statements. He said there was one finding of noncompliance regarding the NJ TAG program. The college is developing a corrective action plan. Ludwigsen concluded, “The audit was completed with the full cooperation of the college.”

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the final FY’14 financial statement.

–Approved the Nov. 30, 2014, financial statement.

–Approved the elimination of the Accounting Specialist Professional Series, effective spring 2015. The short-term program was dropped because changes in the accounting field now require students to hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to secure employment.

–Approved the naming of the Lee and Terry Budd Mechanical Room in the STEM building.

–Approved the recommendation for new naming spaces and facilities for the STEM building to provide additional naming opportunities to potential benefactors.

–Accepted a list of named facilities in the STEM building.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Cape May County Campus. All are welcome to attend.

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