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

Workshop Agenda

Meeting Date: May 2, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: President’s Conference Room, Brucker Hall

  1. Resolutions
    1. Approval for Reappointment, Promotion and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Resolution 8-2019)
    2. Approval of the 2019-2020 Budget (Resolution 9-2019)
    3. Approval for Creation of the Position of Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 10-2019)
    4. Approval for Creation of the Position of Assistant Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 11-2019)
  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, Promotion and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2019-2020 (Resolution 8-2019)
  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)
    2. Approval of the 2019-2020 Budget (Resolution 9-2019)
  6. Operations and Strategic Initiatives Vice President, Dr. Beth A. Coyle
    1. Operations and Strategic Initiatives update (Attachment)
    2. Approval for Creation of the Position of Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 10-2019)
    3. Approval for Creation of the Position of Assistant Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 11-2019)
  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 3/28/19 (corrections/additions/deletions)
  9. Board Community Outreach Report Liaison, Mr. Grant Valentine
  10. Old/New Business Board Chair, Mr. Martin Wortendyke
    1. Middle States
      • RCC Repository update
    2. NYCCT
    3. Student Government

Workshop Minutes


A Workshop of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees was held Thursday, May 2, 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. 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. Matt Matcovich, Representative, Faculty Senate; Mr. Benjamin Naylor, Chief of Staff.

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

  • Chair Wortendyke called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm.
    • Announced he would be leaving the meeting early and Vice Chair Rand would take over.
    • Introduced Gary Holeman, new Interim Chief Information Officer.
  • Roll call was taken.

President’s Report

  • Dr. Baston
    • Announced that the Public Safety Department was a finalist for the Safety Planning and Leadership Award at the American Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention.
    • More than 70 students were recognized at the Outstanding Student Service Awards for their contributions to the College.
    • The Buzz is our new campus wide communication for employees that highlights achievements and informs the college community about events on campus.
    • Informed the Board about meeting with County Executive Day to discuss the budget.
    • RCC is seeking to diversify the enrollment base.
    • Discussed strategies to reach 10,000 students by 2025.
    • We have moved forward significantly with the County’s contribution to capital investment at RCC.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Discussed Resolution 8-2019 Approval for Reappointment, Promotion and Grant of Tenure to Non-Tenured Faculty, for Academic Year 2019-2020.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Student Services Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Announced the creation of an Athletic Advisory Task Force with the goal of increasing the competitiveness of RCC’s athletic teams and recruiting athletes to RCC.
    • Is working on a housing agreement with Ramapo College for RCC students.
    • Reported that the Open House was a success. Enrollment and applications are up.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the interaction between the College and the Rockland Boulders, student loans, academic intervention, and recruitment.

Finance Report

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


Chair Wortendyke left the workshop at 6:45.

Operations and Strategic Initiatives

  • Dr. Coyle
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the protocol for the current measles outbreak.
    • Discussed the following resolutions:
      • Approval for Creation of the Position of Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 10-2019)
      • Approval for Creation of the Position of Assistant Director of English Skills Academy (Resolution 11-2019)
    • Vice Chair Rand announced that Dr. Penny Jennings is the new the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives.
    • Dr. Baston reported that H. Carl McCall, Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees, will be the speaker at commencement.

Institutional Advancement

  • Ms. Lyddon
    • Mentioned that we received a gift of $50,000 from the estate of Dick Voigt and another anonymous gift of $50,000 to help with the Middle Skills program.
    • Invited the Board to an event on May 15 at the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center to thank donors and supporters of the College.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding recent press coverage, key performance indicators, and scholarships.

Board Secretary Report

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

Old/New Business

  • Vice Chair Rand
    • Middle States Update
      • A repository is being set up for Board documents.
    • NYCCT Report
      • Secretary Dillon attended the NYCCT Board of Trustees meeting in Syracuse on April 6, 2019.
      • The annual conference in September will focus on student success.
      • Reported that lobbying efforts need to increase and recommended that new members should attend the new trustee institute.
      • Discussed the Excelsior program
    • Ben Naylor announced the winners of the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards:
      • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching - Talia Lipton and Matt Matcovich
      • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service - Lilia Juele
      • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities – Shamika Mitchell

    Student Government Association Report

    • Mr. Frias
      • Student elections have taken place - Thomas Leonard will be the next Student Trustee and Fraxen Ait Belkacem will be the next president of the Student Government Association.

    Board Community Outreach Report

    • Trustee Valentine
      • Attended the NAACP dinner where RCC was recognized.
      • Is working with Jason Tomlinson on a community workgroup in June.


    MOTION & ACTION
    By Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Frias, and unanimously approved by trustees: Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Hilowitz, Ramos, and Frias to enter into executive session at 7:04 pm to discuss legal issues.


    MOTION & ACTION
    By Trustee Ramos, second by Trustee Hilowitz, and unanimously approved by trustees: Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Hilowitz, Ramos, and Frias to exit executive session at 7:12 pm.

    No action was taken.


    MOTION & ACTION
    By Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Hilowitz, and unanimously approved by trustees: Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Hilowitz, Ramos and Frias to adjourn at 7:13 pm.