Atlantic Cape Trustees Meet and Approve Contracts, Grants, Personnel Matters and Promotes Faculty

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees hired a new dean of resource development, president/board of trustee operations, and promoted 12 faculty when the group met in regular session May 26 at the Cape May County Campus.

Jean McAlister of Galloway will be promoted to dean, resource development, president/board of trustee operations, effective July 1. McAlister has been employed at the college since 1994 in various capacities, most recently as associate dean of continuing education operations and business development since 2007. Recent accomplishments include operationalizing the college’s role in the National Emergency Grant, procuring nearly $3 million in potential worker and incumbent worker grants for businesses in Atlantic and Cape May counties, and partnering with local Ocean City businesses, Ocean City Library, Workforce Investment Board and Ocean City Chamber of Commerce to deliver an Entrepreneurial Program in Cape May County. The program received 100 percent funding, and garnered a 100 percent completion rate in which 50 percent of students opened a business after completing the program. McAlister holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Stockton University and a master’s in management – human resources from the University of Phoenix.

“After a comprehensive and wide search process, Jean had the highest ratings of all candidates based on her resume and interview,” said Dr. Peter Mora. McAlister’s “especially strong strengths in training and grants” was also a major factor in her promotion.

In Personnel Action:

The board made the following appointments:

–Victoria DeLaurentis of Folsom, assistant director, financial aid, effective July 1.

–John Heenan of Egg Harbor Township, assistant professor, criminal justice, effective Aug. 24.

–Edward Perkins of Mays Landing, construction manager, facilities management, effective May 27.

In other action:

— The board accepted the resignation of Beth Leahey, assistant professor, nursing, effective June 30.

— The board accepted the resignation of Michelle Rehill, temporary office assistant, resource development, office of the president, retroactive to May 8.

— The board approved a leave of absence for Leila Crawford, assistant professor, English, effective Aug. 24 through May 20, 2016.

Board Promotes Faculty

These faculty will receive promotions from assistant professor to associate professor effective Aug. 31: Gwen McIntyre of Ocean City, English as a second language; Shirley Shields of Egg Harbor Township, English as a second language; Judith Otterburn-Martinez of Northfield, English as a second language; Michael Bolicki of Marmora, educational psychology; Donna Marie McElroy of Egg Harbor Township, social science; Augustine Nigro of Marlton, history and government; Regina Van Epps of Oceanview, English.

These faculty will receive promotions from associate professor to professor effective Aug. 31: William Dougherty of Sewell, computer information systems; Richard Benner of Mays Landing, philosophy and religion; Mark Camma of Sewell, accounting; Lisa Stein of Linwood, social science; James Taggart of Leeds Point, computer information systems.

In Other Action, The Board:

–Granted an honorary associate in arts degree to Professor Fredrick Schaaf in recognition of his admirable service and lasting contributions to Atlantic Cape.

–Approved the financial statements for ten months ended April 30, and acknowledged the FY’16 Annual Budget Message.

–Granted approval to enter into a contract with Professional Impact NJ, a project of Kean University, funded by NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, to provide online training services for up to 80 people statewide, with a reimbursement-based contract with Atlantic Cape of up to $373,064, over the term of May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.

–Approved the transfer of $198,201 to a designated Plant Fund to support funding of the salary and benefits for the position of construction manager for FY’16, 17 and 18.

In Grant Action, The Board:

–Approved submitting a College Readiness Now II grant application to NJCCC for an anticipated grant totaling $22,566, over the term of June 15, 2015 through June 14, 2016.

–Approved submitting an application to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for a grant of $672,900 for provisions of adult education and literacy services, over the term of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

–Approved partnering with Bergen Community College’s application to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, with Atlantic Cape’s share of the proposed consortium grant being $200,000 each year for five years over the anticipated term of October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2020.

Contracts and Purchases:

–Professional architectural services, Spiezle Architectural Group, Trenton, NJ, revised to a total of $900,599.

–Media buying services, Entrepreneur Advertising, Linwood, NJ, not to exceed $93,000.

–Continuing Education guide printing, Bartash Printing, Philadelphia, PA, $18,757.

–Healthcare simulation equipment, TAACCCT Grant, Laerdal Medical Corporation, Wappinger Falls, NY, $173,690.

–Culinary equipment, Perkins Funds, Todd Devin Food, Yardley, PA, revised to a total of $65,370.

–Furniture, Phase I Student Success, Go Bonds/Chapter 12, W.S. Goff, Mays Landing, NJ, $369,235.

In the President’s Report:

— Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Holly Schultheis spoke about attending the 21st annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration with Atlantic Cape PTK students on May 7. The celebration took place at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Trenton. Students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of PTK. Atlantic Cape’s PTK President Thomas Branin was invited to speak at this prestigious event. Schultheis also spoke about PTK’s extensive history at the college.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, at the Mays Landing Campus. All are invited to attend.

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