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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees 10/30/19 Board Meeting

Board Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date
: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Faculty Staff Dining Room, Cultural Arts Center

  1. Roll Call
  2. Public Comment
  3. Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes: 9/25/19
  4. Reports of Workshop
    1. Academic Affairs Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
      1. Academic Affairs Update
    2. Student Services Vice President, Dr. Helen Brewer
      1. Student Services Update
    3. Finance Interim Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Daniel DoBell
      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. Thomas Leonard
  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 782nd board meeting of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees was held Wednesday, October 30, 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. Ileana Eckert; Ms. Lynne Hilowitz; 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. 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; Dr. Jeffrey McLean, President, Faculty Senate; Mr. Jason Tomlinson, Confidential Assistant to the President; Mr. Michael Kluger, Videographer

Absent Was: Ms. MariEllyn Dykstra Donnellan (excused); Ms. Susan Ramos (excused)

The meeting was called to order at 6:42 pm by Chair Wortendyke.

  • Roll call was taken.

Public Comment

  • none

Consent Agenda – Board Chair Martin Wortendyke

  • Chair Wortendyke read the following:
    1. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes: 9/25/2019

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

Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Eckert, Hilowitz, and Leonard.
Nays: none
Motion passed: 7 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions


Reports of Workshop

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Provided the Academic Affairs report to the Board.
    • Commended Bill Baker on his nomination to two SUNY wide committees.
    • Reported that the RCC Cybersecurity students participated in the 2019 CyberSEED Competition at the University of Connecticut, and their team placed 14 out of 57. RCC was the highest ranked two-year college.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Report

  • Dr. Brewer
    • Provided the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs report to the Board.
    • Reported that the student loan cohort default rate continues to go down and is currently 11.1%.
    • Is offering some Saturday registration dates beginning Nov. 16, 2019.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Finance Report

  • Dr. Daniel DoBell
    • Provided the Finance report to the Board.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Operations and Strategic Initiatives

  • none

Institutional Advancement

  • Ms. Susan Lyddon
    • Reported that Strategic Marketing is working on the 60th Anniversary celebration, marketing the opening of the Culinary Center and Guided Pathways.
    • Continues to work on enrollment strategies, grant applications and strengthening the website.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Board Secretary Report

  • Ms. Dillon
    • Reported that the Board is in the process of putting together an agenda for Board Education Day.

Board Community Outreach Report

  • Mr. Valentine
    • Is planning an opportunity for members of the community to meet with Dr. Baston and learn about the College on Nov. 26, 2019.
    • Thanked the College for providing the funeral service for Regent Judith Johnson.

Student Government Association

  • Mr. Leonard
    • The Student Government Association (SGA) elections have concluded.
    • The SUNY Student Assembly conference is Nov. 15-17, 2019. Members of the SGA will serve as delegates.

Old/New Business

  • Chair Wortendyke
    • none

By Trustee Hilowitz, second by Trustee Leonard, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Eckert, Hilowitz and Leonard to adjourn at 6:54 pm.