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Meeting Minutes September 2013
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A meeting of the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees was held in the HartlebTechnology Center at the Haverhill Campus at 5:00PM.
Ms. Daly O’Brien
Mr. Forman (Arrived at 5:18PM)
Mr. Guilmette (Arrived at 5:09PM)
Ms. Ramirez (Arrived at 5:11PM)
ABSENT: Mr. Rivera
ALSO PRESENT: President Glenn
Chairman Moynihan called the meeting to order at 5:06PM.
On a Motion by Trustee Dulchinos seconded by Trustee Daly O’Brien, it was voted unanimously to approve the June 5, 2013 minutes as presented.
President Glenn noted that the Board had received a thank you card from former Trustee Nancy Greenwood. He passed the card around.
President Glenn introduced the Board’s new Student Trustee Emily Ramirez. Ms. Ramirez is a resident of Lawrence and enrolled as a second year student in NECC’s Engineering Science, Computer Information Sciences program. The Board welcomed Ms. Ramirez.
Next President Glenn introduced one (1) new employee:
Minh Le, EDP Systems Analyst IV.
The board welcomed Minh to NECC.
President Glenn introduced Dr. William Heineman, Vice President of Academic Affairs. Vice President Heineman introduced Professor Shar Wolff.
Professor Wolff spoke briefly about the new curriculum that went into effect for NECC’s Art Program. She noted that Art classes are filling up rather quickly, and also reported that the modified classes will better help students transfer to 4 year colleges of Art. These classes can also be taken as an elective.
President Glenn stated that the curriculum changes were made based on what is driving the workforce. The college continually monitors programs for relevance so that our programs and courses remain current in the field.
Trustee Daly-O’Brien asked what we are seeing for the transfer potential of these art students.
Professor Wolff noted that the art students have a “portfolio day” day every spring where 4 year art schools will come to NECC and view the students’ work from over the past year. Some students are accepted to the 4 year school “on the spot and offered financial aid.” Others are reviewed by admissions officers from these schools. Once they see the students’ artwork, they can better help them get into their programs.
Trustee Guilmette arrived at 5:09PM
Professor Wolff also noted that UMass Lowell is the major recipient of our art students, and that “we are cross referencing courses with UML to make more classes more “transferable”.
Trustee Ramirez arrived at 5:11PM
President Glenn thanked Professor Wolff for her report.
Trustee Forman arrived at 5:18PM
Trustee Moynihan noted that back in the Spring, a Sub-Committee on Presidential Evaluation was formed to conduct the President’s evaluation. The Sub-Committee met several times during the summer months and drafted the evaluation materials that were sent to the Board from Dean of Development, Wendy Shaffer. Chairman of the Sub-Committee, Jeff Linehan noted that the group thoroughly reviewed the guidelines, discussed the President’s performance at length, and interviewed college faculty and staff over the summer. The result of that work is the final draft presented to the Board today for approval.
On a Motion by Trustee Linehan, seconded by Trustee Moynihan, the Board voted unanimously to approve the President’s Evaluation as presented.
Trustee Moynihan noted that the issue of Presidential Compensation would be reviewed at the October meeting once more information from the Commissioner’s office has been distributed. The entire process will be complete by October 15, 2013.
President Glenn spoke briefly about the following items:
Trustee Moynihan noted that a letter of congratulations will be sent to each recipient from the Board of Trustees.
On a Motion to by Trustee Moynihan, seconded by Trustee Cox, it was voted unanimously to approve the following three (3) Grants as submitted for approval.
President Glenn asked Vice President of Administration and Finance, David Gingerella to provide the Board with an update on the new NECC Bookstore, Food Services and Parking Policy.
Vice President Gingerella noted that the “Jitters Cafe” at the Haverhill Campus has been updated with new paint and new furniture, and it is being run by the college’s new food service vendor, NexDine. The new bookstore in the Student Center is “on track” and expected to be open by the first week of November. A local company is doing the work on new bookstore. At 420 Common Street, Lawrence, the renovation process for a new bookstore and café has started. The new bookstore provider, Follett, is providing several options for students to access books other than just purchase. They are also looking into carrying books for other local schools and their students will be able to order books through our store. We will also be carrying books for our partner schools. Follett’s business plan is more cost effective for our students (renting books and buying used books rather than the eBooks and E-readers), and the college will receive $800,000 (total) from Follett to renovate the two bookstores.
Vice President Gingerella also spoke briefly about the new Parking Policy. He noted that the policy has been delayed until January 2014 so that there is ample time to notify all faculty/staff/students of the proposal. The yearly price for a parking pass has been lowered from the original suggestion of $26.50 to $17.00 a year for faculty and staff, and $8.50 a semester for students and adjunct faculty. The college will still have two free parking lots, one in Haverhill and one in Lawrence. (Tech center and Buckley garage respectively)
With no other business, Chairman Moynihan adjourned the meeting at 5:48PM.
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