Harford Community College Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights
At the Harford Community College Board of Trustees meeting on June 12, 2018, the following information was shared:
The Board re-elected Richard D. Norling as Chair and Reverend Cordell E. Hunter, Sr. as Vice Chair.
Alumni Efia Ofosu-Ntiamoah shared insights on how HCC prepared her to pursue her bachelor’s degree at University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, Harford Community College President, presented her with a medallion for her selection to the 2018 All-Maryland Academic Team.
Currently an accounting major at University of Maryland, College Park, Efia has a fully paid summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Efia said that HCC gave her a solid foundation to succeed at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. “The difference between HCC and the University of Maryland is the ease of access to instructors and ease of access to vital resources.”
The only child of two well-educated parents, Efia is originally from Ghana, West Africa. Her mother, Faustina Ofosu-Ntiamoah, sacrificed her job to move to the United States when Efia was 16 years old. Efia graduated from St. Louis Senior High School there in May 2016, and three months later she enrolled at Harford Community College as a freshman in both a new school and a new country. Her father, who remains in Ghana, chose HCC for Efia after doing considerable research on American colleges.
At Harford, she was a business administration major enrolled in the Honors Program. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, the National Society for Leadership & Success, Math Club, and My College Success Network. Efia was also employed as a peer tutor in the Learning Center at HCC.
The Board approved the following tenure contracts:
- Thomas Guinivan, assistant professor of chemistry, effective August 15, 2018
- Tamara Biegas, assistant professor of geography, effective August 15, 2018
- Miriam Huddleston, assistant professor of business, effective August 15, 2018
The Board also approved the following:
- The FY 19 operating budget in the amount of $50,424,220. Included in this budget are:
- a 3% raise for all full- and part-time employees
- funding for a new strategic plan that will take the College vision for the future to the next level
- $100,000 to fund new academic initiatives across all disciplines, including developmental learning, honors, and service learning, as well as improvements to scheduling, catalogs, and curriculum
- An additional $100,000 to support post-season travel of our student athletes
- The FY 19 capital budget of $7,337,244 and the FY 19 – FY 24 capital improvement plan. This budget includes:
- Technology investment of $813,925 which is intended to meet the continuing needs of the College’s technology backbone along with the on-going refresh of hardware. The investment will support the network and communications infrastructure throughout campus as well as enable remote access.
- Building additions and renovations of $6,220,600 to enable the College to upgrade classroom space and facilities. These projects are geared to meet growth demands and facility modernization and incorporate many energy and building efficiencies.
- Campus infrastructure improvements of $302,719, including parking lot and sidewalk repairs necessary to improve capacity and the flow of traffic. In addition, major maintenance of septic fields and potable water system upgrades are necessary.
- The establishment of a trust through participation in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Pooled OPEB Trust Fund.
- The College provides healthcare insurance benefits to retirees and their dependents who elect the coverage and pay the premiums. For a closed group of six, the College pays a fixed subsidy for the healthcare benefits. These retirement benefits fall under the College’s OPEB Plan.
- The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued a statement that requires all state and local governments, effective beginning FY18, to change the accounting and disclosure of their OPEB Plans. As such, an actuarial valuation was performed on the College’s plan and a funding calculation was determined. Although advanced funding is not required, there are annual cost savings and budget efficiencies gained in doing so.
- At its meeting on May 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees of Harford Community College approved fully funding the actuarial liability for the OPEB Plan, estimated at this time to be approximately $652,000, into a Trust by June 30, 2018. The funds will come from the College’s General Operating Fund Balance.
- At its June 12th meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a trust through participation in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Pooled OPEB Trust Fund.
The Board also approved:
- Approval for Engle Printing and Publishing to print the noncredit schedules of classes at a cost of $91,374.88.
- A contract for Leepfrog Technology for $109,920 for the purchase of curriculum and catalog software that will automate, synchronize, and streamline the catalog and curriculum management process.
- The BOT adopted the following addition to the Board Policies. The parameters of the National Guard tuition waivers are unchanged from recent practice:
It is the policy of Harford Community College to waive 50% of tuition for credit courses and noncredit vocational-technical/certification courses taken by members of the National Guard who have at least 24 months remaining to serve in the National Guard. It is the policy of Harford Community College to waive 100% of tuition for credit courses and noncredit vocational-technical/certification courses taken by spouses and dependents of members of the Maryland National Guard while the member is called to active duty for a period of at least six continuous months.