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Board of Trustees news: Officers selected for 2016-17

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 28, 2016


The Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. William M. Griffin to a second term as chair and cited his effective work as chair over the last year. Under Dr. Griffin’s leadership over the past year, the board’s most notable accomplishments were various building renovations and upgrades and the approval of several resolutions that funded MAP, Adult Education and Perkins grants to support CLC students who were impacted by the state’s budget impasse. The election was held at the April 26 board meeting.

“I am honored by this unanimous support from the Board of Trustees and look forward to a successful year in support of the College of Lake County,” Dr. Griffin said. He was first elected to the CLC board in 1995. He also serves as an associate member of the finance and audit committee of the Association for Community College Trustees.

In addition to Dr. Griffin being re-elected as board chair, Dr. Philip Carrigan was unanimously elected vice chair and Richard Anderson was unanimously elected secretary. Kenneth Gotsch, vice president for administrative affairs, was appointed treasurer.

Bernard Kondenar was seated as the 2016-17 student trustee, succeeding Yesenia Mata of Round Lake. Mata, who recently received the Gigi Campbell Student Trustee Excellence Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, is the second CLC student trustee to win the prestigious award. Mata thanked the board, administration and CLC students for their support throughout her term. She plans a career in accounting after transferring to a four-year college in the Chicago area.

Kondenar, a graduate of Lake Park High School in Roselle, Ill., is pursuing degrees in horticulture production and sustainable agriculture and an A.S. with a concentration in plant science. He is active in CLC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, has a 4.0 GPA, is president of the Horticulture Club and was a Student Government Association senator in 2015-16. Kondenar has owned and operated a small general contracting business for the past 12 years, which led to his original enrollment at CLC for renewable energy technologies.

New workforce training initiative

The trustees voted to establish a new department in the Workforce and Professional Development Institute (WPDI). This department will develop innovative training programs to enhance the workforce skills of Lake County’s unemployed and underemployed residents.

The Workforce Ecosystem is composed of CLC, Lake County Partners (LCP), the county’s economic development organization, the Lake County Workforce Development Department (WDD) and the private sector. The trustees authorized transferring $275,000 from the operations and maintenance fund (restricted) to the auxiliary fund to provide funding.

“This collaboration will strengthen CLC’s partnerships with Lake County Partners and the Lake County WDD, promote economic growth and increase CLC’s job skill training offerings to better align our training programs with current market and workforce needs,” said President Jerry Weber.

Third quarter fiscal report

Kenneth Gotsch, vice president for administrative affairs, presented a report on revenues and expenditures for Fiscal Year 2016. Gotsch said at the end of the third quarter the college had received $58.3 million in revenues and expended $62.8 million out of a $102.8 million budget.

The college has received $25.8 million in tuition and fees revenue, compared to an expected $26.3 million, which is due to lower than expected enrollment. The college has received $31.7 million, or 49.5 percent of its local tax revenue budget of $65.3 million. In the operating fund budget, CLC has received 56.7 percent of its revenue, which was budgeted at $102.8 million.

The college has not received any credit hour reimbursements from the Illinois Community College Board this year due to the continuing state budget stalemate. The college had budgeted to receive $6.1 million from the ICCB by March 31.

In the past week, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a $600 million emergency education aid bill. CLC’s portion for Fiscal Year 2016 is expected to be $2.18 million plus $350,000 for CLC’s Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grants, according to President Jerry Weber.

“Although this measure will provide some relief, it only represents a quarter of the state funding CLC anticipated this year. We frequently communicate with our elected officials concerning the critical funding needs for both this year and the upcoming fiscal year and will attend Lobby Day in Springfield next week to continue this outreach,” Dr. Weber said.

Food service vendor selected

Fresh Ideas Management, LLC, of Columbia, Mo., was selected to manage the college’s new Café Willow and catering/food service. The three-year agreement begins July 1, 2016 and has a possible two-year extension. Fresh Ideas will pay the college a commission based on sales and was selected for its expertise in providing a high quality, affordable college restaurant that sources healthy and locally grown food. The college will receive a portion of revenues, expected to be $2,964 in year one, $36,720 in year two and $45,192 in year three.

Two representatives of the 13-member vendor selection committee spoke during the public comment section of the meeting. Rory Klick (horticulture professor) and Jacob Cushing (international education center advisor), praised the thoroughness of the selection process and the innovative services and quality food service provided by Fresh Ideas Management.

“The company has a high commitment to food quality, sustainable practices and using the produce grown on our Campus Learning Farm,” Klick said. Cushing said the company’s proposal was the most “student centered,” and includes a mobile phone app that can be used to pre-order and pay for food online. The new Café Willow is twice the size of the current Lancers Café. Scheduled to open in early August, it will feature healthy menu items with nutritional information, food stations that feature international foods, fresh greens, grilled items, deli items, a coffee bar and more. Fresh Ideas will also provide catering services to the college as part of the contract.

Master Plan update

Dorothy McCarty, project manager from Cotter Consulting, Inc., provided an update on progress of the Sustainable Campus Master Plan.

The café addition, Welcome and One Stop Center and core remodeling project is on schedule and set for completion in late July. Café Willow will have a soft opening during the first two weeks of August before the Fall Semester begins Aug. 22.

The geothermal plant and loop project, which will provide low-cost heating and cooling for major portions of the campus, came in under budget due to changing its redesign from a “loop” to a “spoke,” which requires far less underground piping, McCarty explained.

The Science Building, a State of Illinois Capitol Development Board project currently under construction, is scheduled for substantial completion by Aug. 2. The college is waiting for the release of state funding of $17.5 million to finance the project. Interior renovations in current science classrooms and labs is scheduled for August 2016 through July 2017.

Prior to the meeting, board members toured some of the construction areas with representatives from Legat Architects, Cotter Consulting and Mortenson Construction.

Math campaign

A report on Take Four Years of Math, a campaign to encourage middle and high school students to take four years of math while in high school, was presented by Donna Carlson, mathematics instructor, and Sarah Stashkiw, manager of College Readiness and Dual Credit. They described outreach efforts to math faculty and counselors at CLC’s High School Alliance member school and showed a new fast-paced video created to encourage students to take four years of math in high school.  

Human resources

The appointment of two academic deans was approved by the board. Maureen Robinson was promoted from associate dean to dean of the Biological and Health Sciences division. Arlene Santos-George was promoted from assistant director, Educational Affairs, to dean of the Adult Basic Education, GED and ESL division. Both had recently served in interim roles.

Four faculty members were granted sabbatical leaves during the 2016-17 academic year: Michael Cullen II, Rory Klick, Scott Palumbo and Rob Twardock.  

Cullen (human services) will focus on relocating the Lancer Radio station, seek sponsorship and grant opportunities, research an FCC FM license, standardize operating procedures and training for student DJs, expand and update the music library and integrate more college-related information into programming.

Rory Klick (horticulture) will create low-cost teaching resources for two new courses, improve the arboretum and Campus Learning Farm and develop a tree policy and management plan to qualify CLC for Tree Campus USA status.

Scott Palumbo (anthropology) will complete an archaeological project in Costa Rica, publish the results and restructure two archaeology and anthropology courses. Samples of stone chips he collects in Costa Rica will create student research opportunities at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Rob Twardock (engineering) will create a CLC fabrication (fab) lab and develop a “clean room.” The fab lab will allow students to design, build and test engineering projects and serve as a K-12 STEM outreach resource.

Healthcare benefits approved

The board approved employee benefit plans and premiums for several benefits for FY 2017, which begins July 1, 2016.

For employee medical coverage, the overall premium will increase 12.9 percent. A Network-Only HMO Illinois plan and a standard PPO Plan will continue.

A four-tier structure under the Dental PPO Plan will go into effect, each with higher premiums except for the Dental HMO. The cost to renew the dental plan went up 13.2 percent.

Vision insurance premium rates will not change. Standard Insurance Company will issue and administer the group life and voluntary long-term disability policies instead of using two carriers. All college insurance benefits will be administered under one broker consultant, Mesirow Financial Services.

Nyhart will continue as plan administrator for the Section 125 cafeteria plan at a monthly cost of $3.75 per participant.

Rates for Magellan Healthcare’s employee assistance program will continue at $1.85 per employee per month during the second year of the contract.

Wageworks/Conexis was approved as plan administrator for the COBRA administration services at $.33 per month per eligible employee.

Board policies and objectives

The trustees approved revisions to seven board policies that affect college employees, part of an ongoing effort to streamline and update human resource policies and eliminate duplication. The revised policies were Policy 403, student rights and responsibilities; Policy 611, employment practices and procedures - specialists; Policy 651, dismissal; Policy 928, classification of employees; Policy 936, work week, work day and overtime; portions of Policy 939, non-bargaining unit employment compensation and benefits; and Policy 211, status of employment.


The board approved the award for the purchase and installation of furniture for the Master Plan projects that will include phase 1 of the Grayslake Campus, the Science Building and the chemistry lab addition at the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills. Out of a $915,063 budgeted, the bids total $743,819.73.

Awarded contracts are as follows:

  • Interiors for Business, Inc. of Batavia, Ill. for $533,774.80.
  • Kruger International, Inc. (KI) of Green Bay, Wis. for $34,769.52.
  • Frank Cooney Co. of Wood Dale, Ill. for $45,180.50.
  • Midwest Office Interiors of Woodridge, Ill. for $130,094.91.

Under non-biddables, the board approved an increase of $62,480 to the contract with Blackbaud, Inc. of Charleston, S.C. for data enrichment services supporting the CLC Foundation. Budget transfers will fund the contract.