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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees 5/2/19 April Board Meeting

Board Meeting Agenda


Meeting Date
: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Technology Center, Ellipse

  1. Roll Call
  2. Public Comment
  3. Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes: 3/28/2019
    2. Approval for Reappointment, Promotion and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Second Year) (Resolution 8-2019)
    3. Approval of the 2019-2020 Budget (Resolution 9-2019)
    4. Approval for Creation of the Position of Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 10-2019)
    5. Approval for Creation of the Position of Assistant Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 11-2019)
  4. Reports of Workshop
    1. Academic Affairs Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
      1. Academic Affairs update
    2. Student Services Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
      1. Student Services update
    3. Finance Interim Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joseph Marra
      1. Finance update
    4. Operations and Strategic Initiatives Vice President, Dr. Beth A. Coyle
      1. Operations Update
    5. Institutional Advancement Vice President, Ms. Susan Lyddon
      1. Institutional Advancement Update
      2. RCC Foundation Update
  5. Board Secretary Report Secretary, Ms. Mary Lou Dillon
  6. Board Community Outreach Report Liaison, Mr. Grant Valentine
  7. Student Government Association Report SGA Liaison, Mr. Rafael Frias
  8. Old/New Business Board Chair, Mr. Martin Wortendyke


Please note: Resolutions & Reports which require action by the Board of Trustees are fully discussed at the monthly Board Workshop.
All meetings of the Board are open to the public.

 

Board Meeting Minutes


The 777th board meeting of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees was held Wednesday, May 2, 2019, at 145 College Road, Suffern, New York 10901.

Trustees Present: Mr. Joseph Rand, Board Vice Chair; Ms. Mary  Lou Dillon, Board Secretary; Mr. Grant Valentine, Community Outreach Liaison; Ms. Lynne Hilowitz; Ms. Susan Oelkers-Ramos; Mr. Rafael Frias.

Also Present: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President; Dr. Susan Deer, Provost and Executive Vice President; Dr. Beth Coyle, Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives; Mr. Joseph Marra, Interim Chief Financial Officer; Mr. Gary Holeman, Interim Chief Information Officer; Mr. Matt Matcovich, Faculty Senate Representative; Mr. Benjamin Naylor, Chief of Staff; Mr. Scott Bookstein, Security; Mr. Michael Kluger, Videographer

Absent Was: Ms. MariEllyn Donnellan (excused); Ms. Ileana Eckert (excused); Mr. Mendel Taub (excused); Mr. Martin Wortendyke (excused)


The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Vice Chair Rand.

  • Roll call was taken.

Public Comment

  • none

Consent Agenda – Board Vice Chair Joseph Rand

  • Vice Chair Rand read the following:
    1. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes: 3/28/2019.
    2. Approval for Reappointment, Promotion and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Second Year) (Resolution 8-2019)
    3. Approval of the 2019-2020 Budget (Resolution 9-2019)
    4. Approval for Creation of the Position of Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 10-2019)
    5. Approval for Creation of the Position of Assistant Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 11-2019)


MOTION
A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Hilowitz to approve the consent agenda.


ACTION
Yeas: Trustees Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Hilowitz, Ramos and Frias.
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions

 

Reports of Workshop

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Provided the Academic Affairs report to the Board.
    • Read the name of the faculty member reappointed for second year:
      • Second Year: Deirdre Rock.
    • Congratulated Rachel Golland, a member of the English department, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. She will receive her PhD. in Education from Teacher’s College in May.
    • Congratulated the RCC debate team who won Dominican College’s debate tournament.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Student Services Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Provided the Student Services report to the Board.
    • Reported that the April Open House numbers were up 59% over last year due in large part to the hard work of the Admissions Department.
    • Announced the names of the three students who were awarded SUNY Chancellor’s Awards:
      • Solange Hybel, Pinchas Kreizel and Zuzu Tadeushuk

Finance Report

  • Mr. Marra
    • Provided the Finance report to the Board.
    • Thanked the Board for passing the Budget
    • Provided an update on the Banner implementation
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Operations and Strategic Initiatives

  • Dr. Beth Coyle
    • Provided the Operations report to the Board.
    • Reported that Dennis Callinan, Director of Administrative Services, is working with the County to upgrade the College phone system. This upgrade is 18-24 months out.
    • Announced that Administrative Services has assumed the responsibility of running the Summer Camps.
    • Dr. Penny Jennings is now the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and will oversee the newly formed English Skills Academy.
    • Congratulated the Public Safety Department who was a national finalist for the American Association of Community College’s Safety Planning and Leadership Award.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Institutional Advancement

  • Ms. Susan Lyddon
    • Reported that the marketing team is working closely with SWIM on enrollment and Guided Pathways initiatives.
    • Launched a new edition of The Forward, which is focusing more on students, as well as a new internal communication called The Buzz - news for staff, announcement of awards and achievements.
    • Is working to increase RCC’s presence on social media and visibility in the media.
    • Reported that The Foundation is engaging prospective donors.
    • Received an anonymous $50,000 gift specifically to assist students in the Middle Skills program, and the estate of Dick Voigt made a $50,000 contribution to establish a scholarship.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Board Secretary Report

  • Ms. Dillon
    • Attended the NYCCT Board of Directors meeting in Syracuse, NY on April 6, 2019.
    • Announced that the NYCCT Institute is September 19, 2019 in Saratoga Springs and the 65th Annual Trustee Conference is September 20-22, 2019. The focus is student success.

Board Community Outreach Report

  • Mr. Valentine
    • Attended the NAACP dinner where RCC was recognized.
    • Is working with Jason Tomlinson, Confidential Assistant to the President, on hosting a community forum to explore how the community can collaborate with the College.

Student Government Association Report

  • Mr. Frias
    • Congratulated the new student trustee, Thomas Leonard and the new Student Government Association President, Fraxen Ait Belkacem.

Old/New Business

  • Vice Chair Rand
    • Recognized Gary Holeman, Interim Chief Information Officer from Ellucian and faculty member Matt Matcovich, winner of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.


MOTION
A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Frias to adjourn at 7:51 pm.


ACTION
Yeas: Trustees Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Hilowitz, Ramos and Frias
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions