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Adopted Minutes
July 1, 2005
Organizational Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:33 a.m.

Roll Call

Present: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Smith, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Absent: None

Trustee Brannan was present telephonically.


Chairperson Laverty led the pledge of allegiance.

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

There were no comments from the public.

Chairperson Laverty welcomed Trustee Robin Smith.

Trustee Smith thanked the community for their support and introduced her mother and father, her four children and her husband.


The Honorable Beverley Nettles-Nickerson performed the oath of office for Trustees Rasmusson and Smith.

Chairperson and Board Member Reports

Chairperson Laverty


Chairperson Laverty opened the floor for officer nominations.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Brannan and supported by Trustee Canady to nominate Trustee Laverty to remain as chairperson, Trustee Pelleran to remain as vice chairperson, and Trustee Proctor to remain as secretary/treasurer.

There were no other nominations.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.

Committee Appointments

Chairperson Laverty read aloud the following committee appointments for the next two years:

Trustee Pelleran - Leslie Local Finance Development Authority and Mason Local Finance Development Authority

Trustee Proctor - Association of Community College Trustees and Workforce Development Board

Trustee Brannan - Audit Committee

Trustee Canady - Audit Committee and Michigan Community College Association delegate

Trustee Smith - Foundation Board of Directors and Michigan Community College Association alternate

Trustee Rasmusson - Chairperson of the Audit Committee

Chairperson Laverty stated he will continue to serve on the Regional Economic Development Team and he asked to continue as a trustee representative on the Foundation Board of Directors.

Chairperson Laverty announced that the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) Summer workshop will be held on July 22 through 24 in Traverse City, Michigan. He also stated that the MCCA has quarterly meetings and if anyone, other than the delegates, would like to attend those meetings to notify him.

Information and Announcements

Chairperson Laverty attended and provided welcome remarks for the 30th induction to the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame. He thanked Mr. Bill Turowski and Mr. Bob Every for having organized the event. He announced the inductees: Ted Bauer, Jim Bibbs, Bruce Fields, Bob Jewett, Paul Nilsson, Carl Thomas, Charles Thomas II, and the 1964 Elsie High School Boys Football Team. He announced that Kellie Dean and Lyle McFadden were the recipients of the Richard Letts Community Service Award.

Board Members

Trustee Rasmusson - New Best Practice Rules for Audits

He distributed a report of the conference he recently attended and reviewed it with the Trustees. The report dealt with following national best practices is a better protection for colleges. The College already conducts internal audits, which is one of the best practices in the report. He talked about indemnification and that he is in favor of it. The courts have been approving an argument that allows the insurance company to prepay expenses of a Board member who is sued and if you lose, the Board member doesn?t have to reimburse the institution. He said it is a new mechanism that many are insisting on before joining boards. Trustee Rasmusson recommended exploring the cost of this type of insurance and if it is within the law.

Trustee Canady agreed with Trustee Rasmusson?s view on indemnification, but the College currently has a bylaw on indemnification. He asked Trustee Rasmusson to expand on confidentiality.

Trustee Rasmusson responded that this is requiring an oversight of a mechanism in acquiring data. He stated that the audit committee meeting will be scheduled later this month.

Trustee Pelleran

She reported that there is a bill going through the legislature that would affect community college trustees regarding attendance. The bill deals with if a trustee misses six consecutive meetings, they can be voted off the board.

She also reported that the budgets are now going to the conference committee and capitol outlay may also go through. They stripped all elements of every budget before going to conference. This is the first time in the history of the state of Michigan that this is being done to that extent. She encouraged anyone interested in the state budget to make their views known to their legislators.

President's REPORT

Informational Items

There were no informational items.

Action Items

Human Resources

President Cunningham presented the appointment of Mr. Rich Howard to Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for the Board's approval. Mr. Howard was originally hired as the Board Liaison and since that time he has taken on enormous responsibilities. He is now responsible for implementing and monitoring the 2006-2011 strategic plan, oversight of the College's strategic initiatives such as the University Center, high school dropout initiative and he will continue oversight of Board relations. She shared that with this appointment Lansing Community College will have five vice president level positions, which is less than other institutions comparable in size.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Canady to approve the President's recommendation of appointing Mr. Rich Howard as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

Trustee Smith shared that Vice President Howard has been very helpful and he is well deserving of this promotion.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.


There were no comments from the public.

Trustee Pelleran congratulated Trustees Rasmusson and Smith. She is looking forward to working with them. She also congratulated President Cunningham for having been selected to serve on the United Way of America Women?s Leadership Council.

President Cunningham welcomed Trustees Rasmusson and Smith, and she is looking forward to working with them for the next six years.

Chairperson Laverty stated that no other meetings will be scheduled for July and August. He announced that the next meeting will be in September in the new Board room.

President Cunningham mentioned that a reception was not scheduled to welcome the newly elected Trustees as many faculty are not on campus. The Board hosts a college-wide luncheon in late August and that would be a great opportunity to meet the entire college family.

Chairperson Laverty wished everyone a great summer.


IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Pelleran for the meeting to adjourn.

Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 a.m.

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