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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees 12/12/19 Workshop

Workshop Agenda

Meeting Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Faculty Staff Dining Room, Cultural Arts Center

  1. Resolutions
    1. Approval of the Creation of the Position of Program Director (Resolution 41-2019)
    2. Approval to Accept Amendments to the Transfer Credit Policy (Resolution 42-2019)
    3. Approval to Accept Amendments to the Grade Change Policy (Resolution 43-2019)
    4. Approval to Accept Funds from SUNY’s Office for Capital Facilities (Resolution 44-2019)
  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 of the Creation of the Position of Program Director (Resolution 41-2019)
    3. Approval to Accept Amendments to the Transfer Credit Policy (Resolution 42-2019)
    4. Approval to Accept Amendments to the Grade Change Policy (Resolution 43-2019)
  4. Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Vice President, Dr. Helen Brewer
    1. Enrollment Management and Student Affairs update (Attachment)
  5. Finance Interim Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Dan DoBell
    1. Finance update (Attachment)
  6. Operations and Strategic Initiatives Vice President, Dr. Beth A. Coyle
    1. Operations and Strategic Initiatives update (Attachment)
    2. Approval to Accept Funds from SUNY’s Office for Capital Facilities (Resolution 44-2019)
  7. Institutional Advancement Vice President, Ms. Susan Lyddon
    1. Institutional Advancement update (Attachment)
  8. Board Secretary Report Secretary, Ms. Mary Lou Dillon
    1. Previous meeting minutes 10/30/19 (corrections/additions/deletions)
  9. Board Community Outreach Report Liaison, Mr. Grant Valentine
  10. Old/New Business Board Chair, Mr. Martin Wortendyke
    1. Middle States
    2. NYCCT
    3. Student Government

Workshop Minutes


A Workshop of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees was held Thursday, December 12, 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. MariEllyn Dykstra Donnellan; Ms. Ileana Eckert; Ms. Lynne Hilowitz; Ms. Susan Ramos; Mr. Thomas Leonard.

Also Present: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President; Dr. Susan Deer, Provost and Executive Vice President; Dr. Helen Brewer, Vice President Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Dr. Beth A. Coyle, Vice President Operations and Strategic Initiatives; Dr. Dan DoBell, Interim Chief Financial Officer; Ms. Susan Lyddon, Vice President Institutional Advancement, Executive Director Rockland Community College Foundation; Mr. Mike Salem, Chief Information Officer; Ms. Josephine Coleman, Representative, Faculty Senate; Mr. Benjamin Naylor, Chief of Staff; Mr. Michael Kluger, Videographer

Absent Was: Mr. Martin Wortendyke (excused)

The meeting was called to order at 5:08 pm by Vice Chair Rand

  • Roll call was taken.
    • Trustee Donnellan arrived at 6:50 pm
  • Vice Chair Rand recapped Board Education Day which was held on December 11, 2019.
  • The Vice Presidents discussed their respective resolutions.

President’s Report

  • Dr. Baston
    • Thanked everyone who worked on the grand opening of the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center and Hudson Market on Main.
    • Is working with the Nyack Chamber of Commerce in order to continue to grow the relationship with the College.
    • Reported that RCC co-hosted an event with St. Thomas Aquinas at the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center to benefit Meals on Wheels.
    • Highlighted various community events he attended this month and hosted several community meetings with Trustee Valentine.
    • Reported that the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers distributed approximately 400 Thanksgiving food boxes to students in need.
    • Met with County school superintendents and principals.
    • Met with Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee to discuss funding for teacher education.
    • Met with Trustee Dillon and Kathryn Tantillo whose mother was the first student registered at RCC.
    • Held several events to meet with students and ask about their challenges.
    • Provided the trustees with student data and the RCC employee profile.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the Middle States visit to the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center and SAGE software.

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Report

  • Dr. Brewer
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding enrollment, grants and loans.

Finance Report

  • Dr. Dan DoBell
    • Reported that tuition and revenue are down, as are expenses.
    • Announced that the audit report will be presented to the Board at the February 2020 meeting.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding profit and loss analysis and the budget.

Operations and Strategic Initiatives

  • Dr. Beth Coyle
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding Fieldhouse revenues and the Public Safety report.

Trustee Eckert left at 6:30

Institutional Advancement

  • Ms. Lyddon
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the College’s online national ranking and student engagement, the RCC Foundation Board, the Alumni Association and the scholarship process.

Board Secretary Report

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

Board Community Outreach Report

  • Mr. Valentine
    • none

Old/New Business

  • Vice Chair Rand
    • none

NYCCT Report

  • Ms. Dillon
    • none


MOTION & ACTION
By Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Leonard, and unanimously approved by trustees: Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Leonard to adjourn at 6:55 pm.