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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees 2/26/19 Workshop

Workshop Agenda

Meeting Date: February 26, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: President’s Conference Room, Brucker Hall

  1. Resolutions
    1. Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Third Year) (Resolution 1-2019)
    2. Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Fourth Year) (Resolution 2-2019)
    3. Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Fifth Year) (Resolution 3-2019)
    4. Approval of CAC Green Roof Replacement change order (Resolution 4-2019)
  2. President’s Agenda President, Dr. Michael A. Baston
    1. Monthly Summary
  3. Academic Affairs Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
    1. Academic Affairs update (Attachment)
    2. Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Third Year) (Resolution 1-2019)
    3. Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Fourth Year) (Resolution 2-2019)
    4. Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Fifth Year) (Resolution 3-2019)
  4. Student Services Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
    1. Student Services update (Attachment)
  5. Finance Interim Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joseph Marra
    1. Finance update (Attachment)
  6. Operations and Strategic Initiatives Vice President, Dr. Beth A. Coyle
    1. Operations and Strategic Initiatives update (Attachment)
    2. Approval of CAC Green Roof Replacement change order (Resolution 4-2019)
  7. Institutional Advancement Vice President, Ms. Susan Lyddon
    1. Institutional Advancement update (Attachment)
    2. RCC Foundation Report
  8. Board Secretary Report Secretary, Ms. Mary Lou Dillon
    1. Previous meeting minutes 1/23/19 (corrections/additions/deletions)
  9. 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 Tuesday, February 26, 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; Ms. Susan Lyddon, Vice President Institutional Advancement/Executive Director Rockland Community College Foundation; Mr. Joseph Marra, Interim Chief Financial Officer; Mr. Kevin Poster, Interim Chief Information Officer; Dr. Melanie Rie, President, Faculty Senate; Ms. Josephine Coleman, Representative, Faculty Senate; Ms. Debra Bouabidi, Director, Financial Aid; Ms. Brandy Bell, member, President’s Emerging Leaders Group, Matheus Melo Bussolo, member, President’s Emerging Leaders group; Mr. Benjamin Naylor, Chief of Staff.

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

  • Chair Wortendyke called the meeting to order at 5:05 pm.
  • Roll call was taken.
  • Trustee Donnellan arrived at 5:08.

President’s Report

  • Dr. Baston
    • Discussed how students are at the center of the work we are doing at RCC.
    • Introduced two members of the President’s Emerging Leaders group Matheus Melo Bussolo and Brandy Bell, who reported on their recent visit to All Bright Electric.
    • Introduced Guided Pathways co-chairs Melanie Rie and Debra Bouabidi who provided an update on Guided Pathways.
    • Commended the faculty and staff for their hard work on Guided Pathways.
    • Discussed the enrollment decline across the SUNY system. Community colleges are seeking a funding model not based solely on enrollment.
    • With Trustee Dillon, and Chief of Staff Naylor, advocated for community college federal policy initiatives at the National Legislative Summit in Washington, DC.
    • Announced that RCC is one of three colleges nominated for the Community College Safety and Planning Award at this year’s American Association of Community College’s Annual convention.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Discussed Resolutions 1-3, 2019 Approval for Reappointment of Non-Tenured Faculty for Academic Year 2019-2020.
    • Discussed elimination of some remedial education courses.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.


Chair Wortendyke announced that the Board will enter executive session to discuss the acquisition of real property and the employment of a particular person.

Student Services Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding enrollment

Finance Report

  • Mr. Marra
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the budget and the County contribution.

Operations and Strategic Initiatives

  • Dr. Coyle
    • Discussed Resolution 4-2019, Approval of CAC Green Roof Replacement change order.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the Middle Skills Academy and the Rockland County Career Center locations.
    • Answered questions regarding the farm to market retail space at the Nyack Culinary Center.
    • Answered questions regarding maintenance of Academic I.

Institutional Advancement

  • Ms. Lyddon
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding marketing of the Middle Skills Academy.

Board Secretary Report

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

Old/New Business

  • Secretary Dillon
    • Asked if the Board should attend the meeting of the County Legislature when the budget is discussed. Mr. Marra said that would be helpful.
    • Inquired about the plans for Board Education Day, plans for dinner with the Student Government Association and with the Faculty Senate.
    • Inquired about the status of a repository for Board materials.

Student Government Association Report

  • Mr. Frias
    • none


MOTION & ACTION
By Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Donnellan, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos, and Frias to enter into executive session at 6:05 pm to discuss the possible acquisition of real property, and the employment of a particular person.


MOTION & ACTION
By Vice Chair Rand, second by Trustee Hilowitz, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos, and Frias to exit executive session at 6:53 pm.

No action was taken.


MOTION & ACTION
By Vice Chair Rand, second by Trustee Donnellan, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Frias to adjourn at 6:53 pm.