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Adopted Minutes
June 28, 2001
Regular Board Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Creamer, Holden, Jeffries, Patterson, Pelleran
Absent: Canady, Rasmusson

Chairperson Jeffries welcomed and congratulated the three new trustees, Mark Canady, KP Pelleran, and Todd Heywood.

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda

The Board agreed to pull agenda item B 5 under the President's Report.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

Sally Pierce - I appreciate the opportunity to comment. The MAHE (Michigan Association of Higher Education) Association as you know ran a ratification vote of a tentative agreement; we do not have a quorum of people voting today so we will do a revote. The vote will be tabulated by the 26th of July. Thank you.

Public Hearing

Public Hearing on proposed 2001-2002 Budget

Chairperson Jeffries stated that the Board published a notice on June 20, 2001 of this public hearing on the budget for the 2001-2002 fiscal year, which the college proposed to levy 2.8926 mills. This millage rate is the amount of millage to be levied to support the fiscal year 2001-2002 and the approval of the budget by the Board will meet the requirements of the truth in taxation statute for levy of the proposed mills.

Chairperson Jeffries opened the floor for comments.

There were no comments from the public.

EPIC/MRA Presentation

Chairperson Jeffries stated that the Board and the President appointed a task force in January to review funding issues that were facing Lansing Community College both in terms of equity issues and capital outlay issues. This committee was charged to recommend to the Board with other funding alternatives. As part of that work the committee retained the services of EPIC/MRA to do a survey in support of a proposed millage, an alternative to fund these issues. Chairperson Jeffries stated that the survey had been completed and asked Mr. John Cavanaugh, from EPIC/MRA, to present the results of the survey.

John Cavanaugh gave a verbal presentation to the Board regarding the results of the survey conducted in the LCC service area. (The complete survey and results are on file with the official Board materials.)

Mr. Cavanaugh stated that the survey was administered to 500 respondents with a margin of error of 4.4. Among industry standards is considered a large survey, and it is a comfortable margin of error. He felt that Lansing Community College stands in very good stead with its constituency. A question to the respondents that asked if LCC were to put a millage on the ballot, the amount of one mill, would they vote yes or No. A remarkable 66% responded yes. Of that 66% yes vote climbed to 70% once some of the specifics of what that money would be intended for were given to the respondents. The most, among the most compelling reasons for voting yes was to increase faculty pay.

Chairperson and Board Member Reports

Chairperson Report

Senate Bill 365 Correspondence

Chairperson Jeffries stated that he received several letters from various senators regarding support for the resolution and the letters expressed their opposition to the senate bill. He also thanked Trustee Patterson for his work with the Michigan Community College Association.

Trustee Pelleran asked Chairperson Jeffries to clarify what Senate Bill 365 was for the audience.

Chairperson Jeffries stated that Senate Bill 365 dealt with changing certain rules that would allow that agency to create and be responsible for establishing community college boundaries. It was something that would take some authority away from community colleges and give it to agencies. The resolution the Board passed was in opposition to this bill.

The Creamer Resolution

Chairperson Jeffries stated that the Board has a resolution in front of them that will delegate power to the President to employ, and select all personnel of the college, with the exception of Vice President level positions responsible to the President. The following four positions will come before the Board for review and approval: Executive Director of Human Resources, Vice President for Administrative Services, Provost, and Chief Information Officer.

The Board will continue to receive human resources information, but only as an informational item.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Holden and supported by Trustee Creamer to accept the resolution delegating authority to the President.

Ayes: Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran

Nays: None

Absent: Canady, Rasmusson

Motion carried.

Chairperson Jeffries presented Trustee Creamer a plaque in appreciation for his service to the College and the Board.

President Cunningham also presented a gift from the College to Trustee Creamer thanking him for his service on the Board.

Board Member Reports

Trustee Creamer stated that the committee is recommending that the Board revert to the past practice of stability with leadership of the Board by returning to 2 year terms of offices beginning with the proposed slate of officers. He stated that the committee?s recommendation is that the current board officers remain for an additional two years. They are:

Chair - Jeffries
Vice Chair - Patterson
Secretary/Treasurer - Mark Canady

Chairperson Jeffries stated that the recommendation would be approved at the July 9th, organizational meeting.

Trustee Pelleran - High School Awards. Trustee Pelleran stated that she had the privilege and honor of presenting several high school awards this year. She appreciated the opportunity to deliver those on behalf of the President and Board of Trustees and would gladly volunteer next year.

President's Report

Informational

M-TEC Update

President Cunningham stated that the committee met with more than 36 different suppliers, manufacturers and businesses throughout the community to receive one final tally of the type of training that would be needed in the M-TEC. She said that Mr. Bill Darr will be putting together, with the architects, a design that will house high priority training needs of this community based on what was heard. The primary emphasis is to verify its flexibility and that it will stand the test of time. The committee is still dealing with the areas of concern with regards to the size of the property.

Trustee Jeffries asked Mr. Darr an estimate of the full square footage.

Mr. Darr responded that M-TEC will house four areas of discipline. The estimate is between 35 and 40 thousand square feet; however, the master plan will be taken into consideration and integrated into the phase.

Enrollment Update

President Cunningham stated that enrollment increased for summer 2001 compared to summer 2000. Student count is up 7.6%, credits are up 10.4%, and seats are up 6.3%. She commended the faculty and staff that work to make sure all the students get seats, courses and classes that they want. President Cunningham applauded those who took advantage of the virtual college training, which is an area continuing to grow.

Trustee Holden asked that when candidate Heywood was interviewed by the MAHE group, he showed or expressed concern about the attrition rate for virtual courses. She asked President Cunningham to address this concern.

President Cunningham stated that it is every faculty, staff and administrators intent to make certain that students complete the courses and not just get them in the door. Between virtual and traditional courses it is almost neck and neck. It is approximately 68% with virtual and lecture is approximately 71%.

She said that in regards to retention it is one of the highest in the nation in terms of retention rate. The College is continuing to improve the retention rate with both traditional and virtual courses. The College is also reviewing traditional courses that students don't retain. Some traditional courses have a higher drop out rate than the virtual.

Regional and National Championships

President Cunningham stated that the men?s cross country team finished as state champions and the men?s track team finished as regional champions and qualified as a team for the national championship meet. This is the first time this has occurred in LCC's history. Men's golf team finished as state champions. Women's softball team finished as state champions and second in the nation. She said that currently there are LCC student competing in Kansas City, Missouri who are competing nationally in the Vocation Industrial Clubs of America. President Cunningham recognized the coaches for each team. Coach Chuck Block is the head coach for the track team. John Nagle is the golf coach, and Bob Everett is the woman's softball coach.

Human Resources

Appointments

Administrative-

Keith E. Mino, Director, Counseling Services, Counseling Department, Student and Academic Support Division

Resignations

Faculty

Christopher Kibit, Faculty Member, Travel and Tourism, Careers Division

John T. McAlear, Faculty Member, Language Skills, Student and Academic Support Division

Administrative

Lynne Harned, Director, College Academic Affairs, Provost?s Office, Executive Office Division

Gayland Tennis, Director, Aviation Technology, Aviation, Careers Division

Action Items

Approval of Minutes ? President Cunningham presented the May 14 and June 7, 2001 meeting minutes.

Trustee Holden stated that there should be a correction made on the bottom of page 2. She reported on the Capital Area Works workforce development board and the word multi should be omitted.

Human Resources

Appointments

Administrative

Glenn Cerny, Chief Information Officer, Information Services and College Development

Fraternal Order of Police - Tentative Agreement

President Cunningham stated that the Fraternal Order of Police ratified their contract and with the approval of her report the Board will also ratify it.

Funding Task Force Recommendation

This item was dealt with separately.

Michigan Association of Higher Education - Tentative Agreement

The Michigan Association of Higher Education (MAHE) Agreement has been tabled.

2001-2002 Proposed Budget

Vice President Barbara Larson presented the 2001-2002 proposed budget to the Board. (The presentation is on file with the official Board materials.) Vice President Larson stated that the College will receive a 1.7% increase in state aid which is a decrease from last year?s appropriations.

Approval of Bids

There was one bid presented to the Board for their approval. The proposal presented was for the Arts and Sciences building alarm renovations and Summitt Contractors, Inc., of Haslett was awarded the bid.

Trustee Creamer asked staff to provide the minority contractor status of the bidders on all future proposals.

Trustee Pelleran publicly thanked Dr. Lynne Harned for her years of dedicated service. She said that Dr. Harned gave 11 years to Lansing Community College and the College was fortunate to have her here. Ms. Harned will be retiring effective August of 2001.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Creamer and supported by Trustee Patterson to approve the President's report with exception of item four, Funding Task Force Recommendation, and item five, Michigan Association of Higher Education tentative agreement.

Ayes: Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran
Nays: None
Absent: Canady, Rasmusson

Motion carried.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Patterson and supported by Trustee Holden to accept the Funding Task Force recommendation millage resolution.

Ayes: Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran
Nays: None
Absent: Canady, Rasmusson

Motion carried.

Chairperson Jeffries stated that the millage resolution in front of the Board states that Lansing Community College requests a1 mill increase to be placed on the November 6 general election ballot. The Board has had discussions with MAHE regarding the millage election and the ratification of the MAHE agreement. He said that the millage and the MAHE agreement are linked because of the time we are in and the reelection of the agreement that must occur with MAHE, they are asking until July 26 to ratify the contract.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Holden that the millage resolution be effective upon the ratification of the MAHE contract on or before July 26, 2001.

Ayes: Creamer, Jeffries, Holden, Patterson, Pelleran
Nays: None
Absent: Canady, Rasmusson

Motion carried.

Public Comment

Tom Ferris - With regard to the millage, especially addressing the faculty. MAHE intends to vigorously support the millage, I also hold a position as secretary to the Capital Area Political Action Counsel, which is the MEA's political action in the area. And we are supporting this millage.

Trustee Patterson - Even though we let Charlie roll on his motion, I won't let the evening go by without acknowledging and welcoming to his new position Glenn Cerny, I have been one that likes good information and I want to thank Glenn and challenge him to continue to give us good information. I see him smiling. I guess that means yes. It is good to have you in that position.

Trustee Creamer - I just want to make a couple of comments. About a year ago I did an interesting thing, which is quit my job. Which I very much enjoyed and thought I was fairly good at it, and started off on my own venture. I must have had a testosterone shot or something that made me feel like I could do everything all at once. One of which was to start this company, and then also serve on the LCC board of trustees. I think I told the board, my mother always told me if you can't do it right, don't do it at all. It came a point where our company's business has tripled in the last few months and I need to pay more attention to those kinds of things. So with a 3 - year-old who is finally potty trained and a 2 - year-old grandson who is not, it makes it complicated and so something had to give. I enjoyed doing this but apologize for not being able to fulfill the commitment for running for re-election. But I have to say I am not really all that sorry. But it has been a fascinating and worth while experience even though a short one and if you look what has happened over the last 10 months not just for me but everyone in the room and for the trustees, there has been a calmness to the college, we have put a very quality and great person as President. All I have heard talked about since I have been here is faculty equity and capital outlay and I see all that moving forward. We have been able to do a lot of things in a very short period of time. It has been very clear to me in the community, is that the community has great support, that is very clearly evident with Paula, and the people you surrounded yourself with. I have worked with Dave and Barbara, there is a focus on this college to make sure it works in a positive way. So that has been fun. Also I sit and look at what has happened in the last ten months and what was my favorite kind of things. I think my favorite event was the graduation even though they made me wear that dork hat, and passing out the diplomas for people who were so excited, and feelings of honor and success in what they have done. The other one was probably the most favorite was probably the aviation program where we sat back and took a look at things, where things that originally made sense, didn't make sense and we made some adjustments. My favorite quote was Olga?s. With the M-TEC, she said, with this piece of property we could put M-TEC on it there will be a building that will be 9 stories high. Most favorite social event was KP, at the Lugnut Supporting Community and Families and good things. And the Christmas party meeting your husband was a trip and a half. One of the great social events. Dave, it has been fun getting to know you and having you bring the numbers in and spending time with you on the phone and going over stuff. I know I kid you about that, but not many people are willing to do it and I have enjoyed it. And, Brian, I have enjoyed running by your house and waving and say looking forward to seeing you. I did say this when I applied for this but I have very much enjoyed Brian and respected things you have done in the community and one of the reasons I wanted to be on this board was to work with you. And I hope you didn't take my not running as an indication of you.

Trustee Pelleran - I just wanted to mention to Charlie it has been a pleasure to work with you also, and I would like to leave you with another quote to put side by side with Olga's. It is from Thomas Jefferson: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. And if you are truly eternally a vigilant in your job and everything, your business won't just triple in 4 months it will make you free and wealthy.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

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