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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees 5/22/19 Workshop

Workshop Agenda

Meeting Date: May 22, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Faculty Staff Dining Room, Cultural Arts Center

  1. Resolutions
    1. Approval to Accept Funds from DASNY for Academic II Building Plumbing System Improvements (Resolution 12-2019)
    2. Approval to Accept Funds From DASNY for Fieldhouse/PE Building Interior and Exterior Improvements (Resolution 13-2019)
    3. Approval of Building Systems Upgrade: Electrical (Resolution 14-2019)
    4. Approval of Creation of the Position of Student Communications Team Coordinator (Resolution 15-2019)
    5. Approval of Tuition Increase 2019-20 (Resolution 16-2019)
  2. Presentation Lorraine Sorrentino, Director, RCC Association
  3. President’s Agenda President, Dr. Michael A. Baston
    1. Monthly Summary
  4. Academic Affairs Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
    1. Academic Affairs update (Attachment)
  5. Student Services Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
    1. Student Services update (Attachment)
  6. Finance Interim Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joseph Marra
    1. Finance update (Attachment)
    2. Approval of Tuition Increase 2019-20 (Resolution 16-2019)
  7. Operations and Strategic Initiatives Vice President, Dr. Beth A. Coyle
    1. Operations and Strategic Initiatives update (Attachment)
    2. Approval to Accept Funds from DASNY for Academic II Building Plumbing System Improvements (Resolution 12-2019)
    3. Approval to Accept Funds From DASNY for Fieldhouse/PE Building Interior and Exterior Improvements (Resolution 13-2019)
    4. Approval of Building Systems Upgrade: Electrical (Resolution 14-2019)
  8. Institutional Advancement Vice President, Ms. Susan Lyddon
    1. Institutional Advancement update (Attachment)
    2. RCC Foundation Report
    3. Approval of Creation of the Position of Student Communications Team Coordinator (Resolution 15-2019)
  9. Board Secretary Report Secretary, Ms. Mary Lou Dillon
    1. Previous meeting minutes 5/2/19 (corrections/additions/deletions)
  10. Board Community Outreach Report Liaison, Mr. Grant Valentine
  11. Old/New Business Board Chair, Mr. Martin Wortendyke
    1. Middle States
    2. NYCCT
    3. Student Government

Workshop Minutes


A Workshop of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees was held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 145 College Road, Suffern, New York 10901.

Trustees Present: Mr. Martin Wortendyke, Board Chair; Mr. Joseph Rand, Board Vice Chair; Ms. Mary Lou Dillon, Board Secretary; Mr. Grant Valentine, Community Outreach Liaison; Ms. MariEllyn Dykstra-Donnellan; Ms. Lynne S. 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 A. Coyle, Vice President Operations and Strategic Initiatives; Mr. Joseph Marra, Interim Chief Financial Officer; Mr. Gary Holeman, Interim Chief Information Officer; Mr. Peter Arvanites, Representative, Faculty Senate; Ms. Lorraine Sorrentino, Finance Officer, Rockland Community College Association; Mr. Benjamin Naylor, Chief of Staff.

Absent Was: Ms. Ileana Eckert (excused); Mr. Mendel Taub (excused)

  • Chair Wortendyke called the meeting to order at 5:07 pm.
  • Roll call was taken.
    • Trustee Hilowitz arrived at 5:15.
    • Trustee Donnellan arrived at 5:45.
  • Introduced Lorraine Sorrentino, Finance Officer Rockland Community College Association, who provided an overview of how the Association supports the College.

President’s Report

  • Dr. Baston
    • Highlighted the accomplishments of the past year.
    • Provided an update on Guided Pathways progress.
    • Announced Deans for four of five Guided Pathways schools, Stephen Burke, Kathleen Hopkins, George Repic and Melanie Rie
      • There will be a national search for the fifth dean.
    • Reported that a candidate has been chosen for the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and that the hiring process is underway.
    • Commended the Leadership Academy on their stellar presentations.
    • Attended the RBA Pinnacle Awards where County Executive Day was honored.
    • Thanked all for attending the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center’s “sneak peek” which was a great success, and commended Susan Lyddon and her team for organizing the event and encouraging the students to share their stories with the guests.
    • Hosted an Interfaith Clergy Breakfast which outlined what the College is doing and how the College and community may work more closely together.
    • Told the Board that SUNY Board Chair H. Carl McCall is the Commencement speaker and Senator Schumer will attend.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Reported that over 400 students as well as 13 of 39 Career Skills Academy graduates will walk at commencement.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the Library.

Student Services Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Reported that student registrations are up for summer and fall.
    • Answered trustees' questions.

Finance Report

  • Mr. Marra
    • Discussed Resolution 16-2019 Approval of Tuition Increase 2019-20.
    • Reported that the County is proposing a 2% increase in their contribution for next year, approximately $350,000.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the budget.

Operations and Strategic Initiatives

  • Dr. Coyle
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding Extension Sites.
    • Discussed the following resolutions:
      • Approval to Accept Funds from DASNY for Academic II Building Plumbing System Improvements (Resolution 12-2019)
      • Approval to Accept Funds From DASNY for Fieldhouse/PE Building Interior and Exterior Improvements (Resolution 13-2019)
      • Approval of Building Systems Upgrade: Electrical (Resolution 14-2019)

Institutional Advancement

  • Ms. Lyddon
    • Discussed the following resolution:
      • Approval of Creation of the Position of Student Communications Team Coordinator (Resolution 15-2019)
    • Reported that the Strategic Marketing department is working hard on media and marketing for Commencement.
    • In addition, the department is creating focus groups and surveys to see where RCC can make improvements. They are also working on accessibility for the website and obtaining a new content management system.
    • Reported that the President’s Emerging Leaders group recently saw a Broadway play courtesy of Trustee Ramos. They also toured Orange and Rockland Utilities.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding recent press coverage, key performance indicators, and scholarships.

    Board Secretary Report

    • Secretary Dillon
      • Asked for corrections/additions/deletions to the April minutes.

    Old/New Business

    • Chair Wortendyke
      • Reminded Board members to submit their financial disclosure forms.
      • Announced that the Board retreat is June 10, 2019 at the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center.

    NYCCT Report

    • Ms. Dillon
      • Reminded the Board that the annual conference is in September and recommended that new members attend the new trustee institute.

    Student Government Association Report

    • Mr. Frias
      • Will bring Thomas Leonard, the next Student Trustee, to the next Board retreat.

    Board Community Outreach Report

    • Trustee Valentine
      • Is working with Jason Tomlinson on a community forum, tentatively scheduled for June 6.


    MOTION & ACTION
    By Trustee Valentine, second by Vice Chair Rand, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Frias to adjourn at 6:15 pm.