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January 16, 2007

Regular Meeting

Adopted Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Brannan, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith, Laverty

Absent: Canady

Trustee Rasmusson left at 7:15 p.m.

Trustee Pelleran left at 8:40 p.m.

pledge of allegiance

Trustee Brannan led the pledge of allegiance.



Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

Chairman Laverty apologized, for the remarks he made on November 20, 2006, to Trustee Pelleran, the Board, College and Community. He stated that as a leader, in the future, he will walk away from such situations. He further commented that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.

Mr. Michael Nealon presented the Board with the 2006 Business Arts Award the College received from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing on December 5, 2006. The Arts Council recognized Lansing Community College for the advancement of arts and culture in the greater Lansing region for much of its 50 years existence. The College was also recognized for its priority to enhance the cultural quality of life in the region through academic and community programming, sponsorships of local arts and cultural events and organizations, and special initiatives that have significantly contributed to the ongoing artistic and cultural needs of the community. Mr. Nealon highlighted the initiatives and achievements that were noted as examples of Lansing Community College's dedication of nurturing the Arts in our community.

Alex Azima addressed the Board on the Naming of Facilities Policies. Specifically under the guidelines where it states this item is usually reserved for the College President or member of the College Board of Trustees. He urged the Board to broaden the language to include anyone who satisfies certain criteria that would include long service, outstanding contributions and etc. He stated that when he was first hired full-time he wanted to recognize his predecessor who started the Physic program at the college. At the time this idea was not accepted. With the new policy he is pleased to see that there is recognition of faculty professionalism on campus and that the Board was extending more respect to the faculty on campus. Alex stated that he was grateful to Claude Watson, who started the physics program and was grateful to the foundation that he laid. He proposed to the Board naming a laboratory the "Claude M. Watson Laboratory of Physics". He wanted to make sure that this policy did not preclude this and announced he has submitted his request to the Deans and that he has the support of the Physics faculty, his Chair and Dean and hopes to have the support of the President and the Board of Trustees.

Josh Lord submitted a lawsuit on behalf of Todd Heywood to the Board of Trustees. An official copy of the lawsuit is on file with the official Board Meeting Materials.


Chairperson Laverty

Draft Proposal 2 Resolution

Chairman Laverty presented the draft of the Proposal 2 Resolution.

Lansing Community College exists to serve the community and all its members. Therefore, LCC values the uniqueness of each person and is committed to creating an environment that supports equal opportunity for all students and employees. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on diversity and recognized that inequality due to race or ethnicity still exists and we must continue to support the value of ensuring that every person in Michigan has an opportunity to better herself or himself.

Whereas, assuring access to educational opportunity to all is a core value of our college institution and community;

Whereas, diversity in our workforce and education institutions benefits all citizens:

Whereas, discrimination still exists;

Whereas, on November 7, 2006, a majority of electors adopted Proposal 06-02, a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution of 1963 to prohibit government programs that grant preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes;

Whereas, the adoption of Proposal 06-02 may impact the programs and activities of educational institutions, i.e., Lansing Community College;

Whereas, no ballot initiative can take away Lansing Community Colleges' core values;

Whereas, the college is resolved to maintain our active role in addressing the inequalities, both large and small, that plague our society and that from time to time manifest themselves on our campus;

Whereas, the continued promotion of diversity at the college is a vital component in our educational efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of Lansing Community College, will continue to support equal opportunity and efforts to enhance cultural diversity at Lansing Community College.

MOVE by Trustee Pelleran and supported Trustee Smith to adopt the Resolution on Equal Opportunity and Diversity for all Students and Employees.

The floor was opened for discussion.

The following was raised from the motion:

  • Trustee Smith was glad to see that the Board is still supporting diversity in light of Proposal 2, and thinks that LCC as well as other institutions and agencies throughout the state are going to be dealing with how to promote diversity. She thanked the staff for the resolution brought forth.

  • Chairman Laverty stated that James Humphries worked on the resolution and that it was viewed by Foster, Swift Collins and Smith as well.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith, Laverty

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

Draft Naming of Facilities Policy

Chairman Laverty presented the draft policy to the Board. This policy is on file with the official Board meeting materials.

MOVED by Trustee Smith and supported by Trustee Proctor to adopt the Naming of Facilities Policy.

The floor was opened for discussion.

The following was raised from the motion:

  • Trustee Pelleran asked what other institution the College looked to for examples.

  • Sue Fisher responded that the numbers they came up with are the standard from all the other Community Colleges that were sampled.

  • Trustee Smith commented that this policy is in line with what other colleges already have and that Lansing Community College is just coming up to speed for having a guideline to being able to name buildings.

  • Trustee Pelleran asked for interpretation of the word license under Permanency of Names.

"When a Gift from a corporation is involved, the corporation shall be given the opportunity to purchase a naming license".

  • Sue Fisher responded that the word "license" refers to a signed formal agreement between Lansing Community College and the Donor in recognition of the financial gift for the purpose of naming the room or building. It is a signed document between the Board of Trustees and the Donor.

  • Trustee Smith requested that a provision be made under Responsibilities, letter F, to address if there is not a consensus with the Board and the President.

The College President and/or the College Board of Trustees reserve the right to consider any and all factors regarding the privilege of name association with the program, fund or physical aspect of Lansing Community College as particular acts and circumstances warrant. Decisions will be made consistent with the stated mission of Lansing Community College.

- Trustee Pelleran recommended a friendly amendment to drop the "or" so that it would read -The College President and the College Board of Trustees.

- The friendly amendment was accepted by Trustee Smith.

MOVED by Trustee Smith and supported by Trustee Proctor to adopt the Naming of Facilities Policy.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith, Laverty

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

Calendar of Meetings

Chairman Laverty presented the tentative 2007 - 2008 Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar. He stated that the meetings are usually held the third Monday of the month. The two exceptions to those dates were Monday, December 10, 2007, due to the holidays and Tuesday, January 22, 2008, due to the MLK Holiday.

Trustee Pelleran suggested since the Organizational meeting is moved to January of every calendar year that the Board look at making the calendar based on the start of the Organizational meeting rather than our school calendar. She suggested that at the Organizational meeting, that new Board would set the calendar for the remainder of the year.

Inappropriate Use of Campus Communications

Chairman Laverty stated that on December 15, 2006 a Campus Wide Communication was put out by one of the Trustees. He asked the President if she had been aware of it and she had not. Neither the Chair nor the other Board members had been made aware of the communication going out. Trustee Pelleran's communication that went out was to further clarify the President's contract which the Board had approved. Chairman Laverty felt that there had been an effort by Trustee Pelleran to be the spokesperson for the Board. He stated that he did not see a need to use the campus wide system and if so he would want to ensure that the President was in agreement with it.

Trustee Pelleran apologized to the Chair if she was out of line.

Trustee Smith stated that she believed it was an inappropriate use of the campus communications. She further stated that because they are a Board and speak as a Board, she cautioned the Board that if communications go out that there is Board approval. She further stated that there is a communication process in their Bylaws and that the Board should try to work within them.

Information and Announcements

Chairman Laverty attended the following event:

  • 40th Regional Fire Academy Graduation, December 14, 2006.

Chairman Laverty presented the following documents to the Board.

  • What Michigan Needs to Compete
  • Performance Indicators Task Force, Proposal and Recommendations
  • A book entitled "Tough Choices, Tough Times". This is the report of new commission on the skills of the American workforce.

Committee Reports

Finance Committee - Trustee Rasmusson

Trustee Rasmusson reported that the Finance Committee met on January 16, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. He thanked and recognized the work of the accounting staff.

Trustee Brannan presented the Board with the following resolution from the Finance Committee.

With respect to Fiscal Year 2007 the Board approved the transfer of funds from an available fund balance to cover the cost of correcting Federal Student Financial Aid errors and approves the College's payment of errors in such aid. In addition to that with respect to the amended to the Capital Project Outlay the Board approves the increase of dollars for the Banner implementation which includes all estimated personnel cost related to the implementation and adjustments due to continuing development of this project plan.

MOVE by Trustee Brannan and support by Trustee Rasmusson to adopted the resolution by the Finance Committee.

The floor was opened for discussion.

The following was raised from the motion:

  • Trustee Pelleran asked why this resolution is necessary.
  • Trustee Rasmusson responded that this is a house keeping chore to facilitate squaring the books with the Federal Government on Student Financial Aid from the last fiscal year and to have a new way of accounting for and planning for the expenses for software in the future.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith, Laverty

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

Chairman Laverty commended Catherine Fisher for the outstanding job she has done.

Personnel & Compensation Committee - Trustee Smith

Trustee Smith reported that the Personnel and Compensation Committee met on January 11, 2007.

She presented a summary of the meeting highlights. There were four reclassification positions that were forwarded to the Committee for approval.

MOVED by Trustee Smith and supported by Trustee Rasmusson for the approval of the four reclassification positions.

The floor was opened for discussion.

The following was raised from the motion:

  • Trustee Pelleran asked what would happened next on the four positions that were being reclassified.

  • Trustee Smith responded that these classifications were a result of the President's reorganization.

Trustee Smith clarified that these reclassification positions did not need to be approved by the Board and rescinded the motion made.

There were no objections from the Board to rescind the motion.

The minutes from the Personnel and Compensation Committee meeting are on file with the Official Board Meeting materials.

Audit Committee - Trustee Brannan

Trustee Brannan reported that the Office of Internal Auditing will continue to look at the policies the Board has adopted and the implementation of such policies.

He also reported that Hoa Nguyen, Director of Internal Auditing, presented him with the Banner ERP Implementation Risk Management Plan.

Trustee Pelleran asked if there was a timeline on the policies implementation and a progress report for the Board.

Trustee Smith asked the Chair if the implementation of the new policies would be handled by the Board Liaison/Assoc. General Counsel.

The Chair suggested that there be a meeting with the President, and Bev Baligad, James Humphries to find out where the College is with the implementation.

The President agreed that there needs to be a meeting and that currently the policies are in various stages. She also mentioned that there will be new policies brought forth to the Board with regards to the Human Resource area. The President is not sure what the work would be for Mr. Humphries. She requested that the Board continue to work on policies but that the College wants to take ownership in implementing and operationalizing the policies.

Board Member Reports

Workforce Development Board - Trustee Proctor

Trustee Proctor reported that a few months ago there was some concern expressed about College's administration of the Work First grant. The College was requested to answer some questions to the Accountability Committee of Capital Area Michigan Works. He reported that the College answered those questions to the satisfaction of the Accountability Committee.

Presidential Search Update - Trustee Proctor

Trustee Proctor reported that at the November 1, 2006 Special Board of Trustee Meeting he presented the following status update regarding the Presidential Search. Included in his remarks were the following observations:

  1. The Board needs to identify at the outset the shared values or outcomes associated with the search.

  1. The Board needs to evaluate the college and where it needs to go.

  1. The reputation of the Board is the second most important factor considered by candidates.

  1. Recent publicity regarding discord between Board members has done serious damage to our efforts to have a successful Presidential search within the timeframe the Board initially set.

  1. Unless the Board can resolve its internal disputes the Presidential search will not be successful.

  1. Dealing with and resolving these disputes will require a commitment to do so.

  1. Participating in a series of workshops designed to focus the Board's attention on (1) their proper roles and responsibilities, (2) the selection of the College's President and (3) developing trust and relationships that are imperative for us to move forward.

He stated that at that time he recommended that the search process be delayed until the Board participated in a series of workshops conducted by Greenwood & Associates, the Presidential Search consultants. This recommendation was based in part on the recommendation of the Search Committee. The Committee feels that the Board needs to reconcile its differences in order to have a successful search. Trustee Proctor mentioned that at a previous meeting representatives of Greenwood & Associates addressed the Board via conference call and shared information about the search process and the need for the Board to engage in workshops or series of workshops designed to address Board members relationship and other issues. Jan Greenwood noted that some of the then current events regarding the Board had impacted the Presidential Search. At that time the consultants targeted January as the start of the workshops. Trustee Proctor stated that efforts to schedule to workshops to date have been unsuccessful. An attempt was made to schedule the workshops in February but only four Trustees were available on the date tentatively identified.

He spoke with Jan Greenwood on Sunday to give her an update as to what has been going on recently and to discuss rescheduling the workshops for either March or April. Ms. Greenwood will be calling each Board member to discuss the search process and the importance of the workshops. Additionally the Search Committee will be regularly informed about the status of the search process.

Trustee Proctor stated that there appears to be some confusion regarding rather a search for a President of Lansing Community College continues. He further stated that the confusion may be in part from the action taken by the Board at its December meeting in which the Board entered into an employment agreement with Judith Cardenas to secure her services as Lansing Community College's President. The agreement covers the term commencing January 1, 2007 and expiring on June 30, 2008. The agreement also provides, even assuming a new President is hired during the term, that the agreement will remain in effect until its termination or expiration. Dr. Cardenas shall work with any newly hired President of Lansing Community College during a transition period which shall extend until the termination or expiration of the agreement or until such early times as the parties may mutually agree. Trustee Proctor stated that the terms of this agreement, more than implicitly indicate the Board has not abandon the search for a President. He further stated that the search process was suspended for the reasons previously stated. Trustee Proctor stated that it is unlikely, given the present circumstances, that the Board could complete the search process in accordance with the original timeline. He continued that per that timeline the Board would have been interviewing individual finalist this month and next month and making selection and executing employment agreement by April with a start date of July 1, 2007 for the new President. He stated that in the meantime, Lansing Community College needs a leader as President. And whether President Cardenas becomes a candidate for Lansing Community Colleges Presidency beyond June 30, 2008 is her decision.

Trustee Smith thanked Trustee Proctor for clarifying the issue as to whether or not the Board will continue with the search. She stated that she had been approached by many in the community and that there was a commentary in the LSJ as to the feeling of the community. She was very glad that tonight the Board is bringing clarity to the issue and that the Board is continuing with the search. It is not because they are not pleased with President Cardenas's present performance.

Report from Lyn Beekman - Trustee Proctor

Trustee Proctor reported that the Board agreed to engage the services of a consultant to conduct an investigation of a complaint that was filed with Trustee Proctor by Vice Chair Kathy Pelleran against the Chair, Chris Laverty. The Board engaged the services of Lynn Beekman and Mr. Beekman issued a report to Trustee Proctor. Immediately upon his receipt of this report he passed it on to the Chair and Vice Chair. Last Monday he forwarded a copy of that report to the remaining Board members.

Chairman Laverty asked if Trustee Proctor distributed the report to anyone else outside of the Board or to the media.

Trustee Proctor responded that the report was not forwarded to anyone else.

Chairman Laverty stated that the report was of a sensitive and confidential nature and questioned how the media would have gotten it. He further stated that it would appear that someone on the Board gave the report to the media. He further stated that when the Board is trying to work on communication and trust, it is hard to develop that when things are not kept confidential. He also mentioned several areas in the Board's bylaws that mention confidentiality.

Trustee Proctor commented that he only circulated the report to the Board only and not to the Lansing State Journal.

Laverty stated that it would appear that someone on the Board gave the report to the media.

Trustee Proctor clarified that he deliberately waited to pass the report on to the other Board members until the Chair and Vice Chair had an opportunity to review the report first. It was distributed to the Board on last Monday.

Trustee Smith expressed that she had great concerns with the notion that inappropriate behavior is something to be expected by this Board. She stated that a confidential document being released is totally inappropriate for Trustees. Smith has concerns with this inappropriate behavior of the Trustees. She further stated that the release of confidential documents by the Trustees is unacceptable. She went on to say that anything that is reflective of one Board member is reflective of the Board in its entirety and it overshadows the good that the Board is doing. Trustee Smith stated that the Board can not stand by while inappropriate things are being done and while the good things are being over shadowed. She further stated that if the Board is serious about attracting good candidates we need to come together as a Board.

Trustee Proctor stated that for the last item of this report he is offering to be available to the Chair and Vice Chair to review with them the report and to work out some method in which the Board could move forward.

Trustee Pelleran stated that she appreciated having an advance copy of the report and that she received it on December 21, 2006. She responded that she did not know who may have passed it on to the media but that she did not believe that the report was of a confidential nature. Trustee Pelleran stated

-".that the Board might want to question when the Board entered into an agreement and moved the issue to Trustee Proctor to hire and investigate the issue with public funds and that it was not an issue that was a legal issue."

She does believe there is a question on whether or not it was a confidential document.

Trustee Proctor stated that he never alleged or implied that the document was confidential.

She suggested that in the future when the Board does have a complaint that the Board has timely and appropriate attention given to any Trustees. She appreciated the opportunity to meet with Trustee Proctor but would like this opportunity granted to every Trustee no matter what the issue and be allowed to appropriately have their concerns answered without retaliation or retribution of any sort.

Chairman Laverty stated again that he felt that the report was of a confidential nature. Although the allegations were all made in public he did not request a closed session because he felt it would be inappropriate since it began in an open session. He stated that it would have been appropriate for the Board to have made the report public on this evening.

James Humphries submitted an email from Mr. Todd Heywood with comments regarding the report. This email is on file with the official Board Meeting materials.

Trustee Pelleran stated that she felt it was appropriate, that since the Board had Trustee Proctor's report, that she makes a statement relating to it.

Trustee Pelleran read the following statement:

In light of the investigative report's findings, I believe that it is in the best interest of the College and the public it serves that we reorganize the Lansing Community Colleges Board of Trustees. I believe that this will give us the opportunity to function appropriately and productively.

To that end, I am taking the lead and stepping aside from my current position as Vice Chairperson of the Board and I encourage Chris Laverty to do the same.

Thank you

Chairman Laverty asked if Trustee Pelleran was resigning as Vice Chair of the Board.

Trustee Pelleran responded correct for the purpose of reorganizing the Board.

Chairman asked at what time the Board would like to have an election for Vice Chair.

Trustee Smith stated that she did not think the Board should wait and that if the Board wants to move on, the Board needs to start developing the new face of leadership.

MOVED by Trustee Smith and supported by Trustee Rasmusson to reorganize the Board officers on this evening.

The floor was opened for discussion.

The following was raised from the motion:

  • Trustee Pelleran felt that since one of the Trustees was absent on this evening, it would be less than appropriate to move on the reorganization this evening.

  • Trustee Smith stated that a hostile environment has been created on the Board, thus making the Board's leadership ineffective. She stated that both Trustee Pelleran and Chairman Laverty have a heart for the College but believes that the methods that have been use during this year has torn down what the Board has tried to build up. She thanked Trustee Pelleran for stepping down and asked that the Board move forward with its elections for reorganization at this time.

  • Trustee Proctor stated that having a reorganization of the Board officers would not be a help. He stated that the Board is going to have to come together and does not believe it requires a resignation. He is hopeful and confident that the series of workshops will bring the Board back together. He is not in favor of having reorganization.

  • Trustee Smith requested to have her motion amended to hold an election for the Vice Chair, only.

Chairman repeated the motion moved by Trustee Smith and supported by Trustee Rasmusson for the Board to reorganize this evening.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Pelleran, Rasmusson, Smith

Nays: Proctor, Laverty

Absent: Canady

Trustee Brannan abstained from voting.

Motion failed

Chairman Laverty stated that he will put the election of Vice Chair on agenda of the next Board meeting.

President's REPORT

Informational Items

AQIP Update

President Cardenas reported on November 29 - December 1, 2006 the College had an Academic Quality Checkup from two individual who where sent by the Higher Learning Commission. These individual reviewed the institution based on a portfolio that was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in order to determine whether or not the College met the standards and criteria that would lead the College to reaffirmation.

Next steps would be to get a group together to work on the College's reaffirmation in August 2008.

The Quality Checkup Report is on file with the official Board Meeting materials.

Strategic Goals

President Cardenas stated that the Executive Leadership Team, along with the Union Leaders, Chairpersons and other leaders across campus have been working in regards to creating Strategic Goals connected to our Strategic Plan.

She stated that as the college continues to work on the metrics the information will be made available to the Board.

Strategic Communications Plan

President Cardenas stated that this is a report from Lezotte, Miller, Osburn and that they have worked with the leadership team for the last six months. Presented is a proposed Strategic Communication Plan with the understanding that she may come back in two months with action items that relate to implementing the Strategic Communication Plan.

The Strategic Communication Plan is on file with the official Board Meeting materials.

Human Resource Audit Update

President Cardenas reported that the College has engaged the service of Sandy Soltysiak to complete a Human Resource Audit. The Board was given an update report. The President stated that the goal is to complete the Human Resource Audit by March 1, 2007. She further stated that this completed report will be submitted to the Personnel and Compensation Committee with the formation of Human Resource policies and a proposed strategy in order to address the issues the Human Resource Audit has brought forth.

The Human Resource Audit is on file with the official Board Meeting materials.

Sole Source Purchase Report

Reported per the Purchasing Policy.

Human Resources Appointments

President Cardenas presented the following Administrative/Faculty Appointments:

Jamia K. Dunckel, M.B.A, Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Human, Health and Public Services Careers.

Gordon A. Belt, B.B.A., Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technologies Faculty, Technical Careers.

John R. Suckow, M.A., Accounting Faculty, Business and Media Information Technologies

Enrollment Update

President Cardenas provided the Board with an enrollment update for Spring 2007. She stated that they have experienced a decrease in unduplicated headcount but an increase in billable hours. She further stated that this report does not include the College's apprenticeship program students or EISD students. She also reported that the College will continue to monitor the enrollment of courses that start at variable times.

Virtual College Update

President Cardenas presented the Board with an on-line enrollment status that was shared with the Finance Committee earlier on today. The College has an increase in enrollment regarding seat count and on-line courses. The President will be putting together a taskforce committee on campus to look at the College's on-line courses and our opportunity for new on-line programs credit and non-credit and contract training on-line courses.

Trustee Pelleran asked if the online enrollment seat count was included in the seat count total.

President Cardenas responded yes.

Trustee Smith stated that it appears with the trend many more students are opting for on-line courses verses having to come on site and she believe the College will continue to see an increase in that area.

Action Items

Approval of Minutes

December 11, 2006 Regular Meeting

Renaming of the Gannon Vocational Technical Building

President Cardenas presented the Philip J. Gannon Building Resolution to the Board.

Chairman Laverty stated that this building is no longer a Technical Building and that he talked with Dr. Gannon to notify him and that he was okay with the proposed resolution. He stated that Dr. Gannon will be back in the Spring and that maybe the College could do a special presentation at that time.

The Board of Trustees of Lansing Community College resolves as follows:

Whereas, Philip J. Gannon served Lansing Community College for over 30 years, having founded the College in 1957 under the auspices of the Lansing School District, after determining a need in the community, and

Whereas, Philip J. Gannon, as Dean of the College from 1957 -1964, worked unstintingly toward establishing a Lansing Community College district, with an elected Board of Trustees, an accomplishment endorsed by the voters in 1964, and

WHEREAS, Philip J. Gannon, as President of the College from 1964 through 1989, dedicated his every effort to creating one of the most innovative and diversified community colleges in the nation, and

WHEREAS, Philip J. Gannon provided strong and responsive leadership in guiding the College to the highly respected position it holds today, at state, national, and international levels, and

WHEREAS, Philip J. Gannon, with foresight and perception, guided the College toward the highest standards in career and technological programs, as well as its outstanding transfer programs, and

WHEREAS, Philip J. Gannon is known, recognized, and honored for his selfless and untiring services to the College, his community, his state, and his country,

WHEREAS, Philip J. Gannon was honored with a resolution on May 12, 1980, by the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, that a structure was inscribed with the name: PHILIP J. GANNON CENTER FOR VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION, which has been commonly referred to as the "Gannon Vocational Technical Center", and

WHEREAS, the vocational and technical programs originally operating in the Gannon Vocational Technical Center moved to new facilities in 2004-2005, with the vacated areas renovated for Liberal Studies and Business, Media, Information Technology classrooms and laboratories,

NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that, in recognition of his devotion to Lansing Community College, and of his many achievements in the name of the College, that the structure commonly known as the Gannon Vocational Technical Center, be forever inscribed with the name: Philip J. Gannon Building, which shall be commonly referred to as the "Gannon Building."

Alcohol Permit Request

President Cardenas presented the Alcohol Permit Request that had been forwarded by the Foundation Committee for the 2007 Alumni Spring Gala on May 19, 2007. This is a fundraising event in conjunction with the College's 50th Anniversary. It is a fundraising event in which the tickets will be $75. She stated that it is the expectation of many individual in the community to be able to have a glass of wine with their dinner for such a gala. It is required for the Board to approve the serving of alcohol to obtain an alcohol permit for this event.

Proposed Course Fees Summer/Fall 2007

President Cardenas presented the proposed course fees for Summer/Fall 2007.

Trustee Pelleran asked why under the Honors 151 and Honors 152 program honoraria for guest speakers are no longer offered and questioned if the College should be offering them.

President Cardenas stated that many speakers decline the honoraria and sent it back to the institution as a scholarship. She further explained that for many individuals it is more of a community service back to the institution. President Cardenas asked if Trustee Pelleran would like for those two courses to be removed.

Honors 151 and Honors 152 were removed from the proposed course fees approval. Trustee Pelleran's question will be address and submitted at the next Board of Trustees Meeting.

Community Education Non-Standard Tuition Course Pricing

President Cardenas stated that in order for the Board to understand fully the different types of revenue that are brought to the institution, she will be bringing forth to the Board different course fees that the College offers to the community.

She will be bringing back these course fees as the College continues to do more marketing analysis and determining whether or not the fees are appropriate.

Amendment to Capital Project Outlay - Banner

This item was approved earlier in the meeting under the Finance Committee update.

Trustee Pelleran asked for clarity on the language Capital Project Outlay and wanted to make sure this was not a request with regards to Capital Outlay dollars given by the State.

Catherine Fisher stated that this does not affect Capital Outlay dollars given by the State.

Amendment to Capital Project Outlay - HHPS 3rd Floor Renovations

The President requested to have this item removed from the agenda.

FY07 Budget Amendment

This item was approved earlier in the meeting under the Finance Committee update.

MOVED by Trustee Brannan and support by Trustee Pelleran to approve the President's action items.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Pelleran, Proctor, Smith, Laverty

Nays: None

Absent: Canady, Rasmusson

Motion carried.

Trustee Proctor asked about the donation given by Capital Bankcorp, and how it came about that someone had the authority to agree to name some part of Lansing Community College in recognition of that generous donation.

President Cardenas stated that the College has put together a document answering those questions and that see believed that the Vice President of the College of Advancement had submitted an email to Trustee Smith addressing this.

Trustee Smith stated that this has been sufficiently answered and that she would forward Trustee Proctor the information.


Ron Redman:

"I worked for approximately 9 months with no negative performance feedback. I attended the ROI and course elimination meeting and made public comments as a private citizen. This is the same meeting that Board President Chris Laverty attended and spoke out against ROI and course elimination. The next day Interim Dean Jim Predko told me that I had no right as an administrator at LCC to disagree publicly with the college President and college policies. He went so far as to say I could be fired for doing so. Suddenly I started to receive all kinds of negative feedback on my performance. I request that this Board make LCC follow the constitution of the United States that guarantees the right to free speech without retribution. When Dean Bill Darr took over for Jim Predko the first thing he did was extend my probation for very vague reasons. When I protested this action and asked for union representation I was told to either go along with the extended probation or be fired immediately. I wrote a letter to HR protesting this action to no avail. After this action was taken I was treated poorly in front of my peers at every staff meeting. At some point in every staff meeting I was asked by Bill Darr if I had done anything lately to make the college President angry. This created a very hostile work environment for me. Then my position was eliminated supposedly because of budget cuts. I was told it was not performance related. Immediately after my termination Shawn Quinn was placed in the Apprenticeship Coordinator position. I request that this Board check into my termination for what it really was; a constructed discharge at the College. A few months later, Robert Taylor was hired from outside LCC as the Apprenticeship Coordinator without a job posting. In fact, I turned down a $14,000 buyout from LCC in order to retain my return rights to the Apprenticeship Coordinator position. I request that the Board determine why LCC circumvented the posting process for the Apprenticeship Coordinator position that they gave to a man that did not work for the college previously. Also, the administrator's contract called for LCC to notify me of any positions for which I was qualified as they became available. I request that the Board determine why LCC violated the administrators contract by failing to notify me of open positions as agreed to by my contract and in my grievance settlement.

I applied for the Chair of the Transportation Team and a BCI manufacturing sales position. I was more than qualified for both positions but did not make it past the 1st interview step. In November 2005 LCC posted my old full time Apprenticeship Coordinator position. Both unions wrote letters requesting that I be reinstated directly. I request to know why this Board, had ran under a labor ticket, allowed LCC to circumvent the unions request for reinstatement. I applied for the position and made it to the second interview level. I had letters of recommendation from 45 business and community groups. I request that this Board investigate why the wishes of the community and LCC's apprenticeship customers were completely ignored. The current Dean of Technical Careers, Jan Danford, knows my abilities well. In fact, when I worked with her at General Motors she promoted me from Apprenticeship Coordinator to Divisional Administrator of all Technical Training. My department had a multi-million dollar budget and 85 training associates. I was a laid off incumbent Apprenticeship Coordinator with many years of experience as an Apprenticeship Coordinator. Instead of reinstating me to the job from which I was laid off, the selection committee hired someone much younger with much less experience that had never been an Apprenticeship Coordinator before. I request that this Board investigate the interviewing and selection process to determine exactly how credentialing of candidates is done and why I was not reinstated".


MOVED by Trustee Smith and supported by Trustee Proctor that the Board goes into closed session for the purpose of discussing the purchase of real property.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Pelleran, Proctor, Smith, Laverty

Nays: None

Absent: Canady, Rasmusson

Motion carried.

The Board entered into closed session at 7:42 p.m.

The Board returned to open session at 8:26 p.m.

Roll call:

Present: Brannan, Pelleran, Proctor, Smith, Laverty

Absent: Canady, Rasmusson


Trustee Proctor stated that the bill submitted by Special Education Solution exceeds the $5,000 that the Board authorized. The bill is in the amount of $6,924.90.


Trustee Smith stated that there were moments during the meeting where Mr. Humphries observed some things that he probably could have stop or would like to have let the Chair know. She requested that Mr. Humphries go to parliamentary training. She expressed concerns about the gentleman at public comment using specific names during his comments. She thinks it is convenient for Mr. Humphries to cover the Board from any exposure they may have.

Chairman Laverty responded that he did not see a problem with him going to training on parliamentary procedures.

Mr. Humphries stated the gentleman at public comment should first be required to follow all of the proper College procedures on his concerns.

Cardenas stated that the gentleman did follow a grievance and that the grievance was settled.

Mr. Humphries and Trustee Smith stated that he should not be here.

Chairman Laverty stated that the Board should allow him to speak during public comment.

Mr. Humphries stated that because his grievance was settled he should not be allowed to talk about employees in a disparaging manner.

Trustee Proctor stated that he did not feel that the Board could ever avoid that, because the Board would never know what the public commenter's are going to say. He further stated that people speaking publicly put themselves at risk of saying something that might come back on them. He stated that we allow them the opportunity to speak to the Board and do not monitor or try to edit what they say.

Trustee Smith stated that she felt this issue still needs to be looked at and that she has chaired public meetings where someone was saying disparaging comments about another person and she had to call them to order. She asks for Board to look and see what policy there is on this.

Mr. Humphries stated that the gentleman serving documents was highly unacceptable. It should have been filed at the office with the Board Secretary. He further stated that he had concerns for the safety of the Board when people come and approached the Board.

MOVED by Trustee Brannan and supported by Trustee Proctor to pay the sum of the bill for Mr. Lynn Beekman for his work.

The floor was opened for discussion.


Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Proctor, Smith, Laverty

Nays: None

Absent: Canady, Pelleran, Rasmusson

Motion carried.


MOVED by Trustee Brannan and supported by Trustee Proctor for the meeting to adjourn.

Ayes: Brannan, Proctor, Smith, Laverty

Nays: None

Absent: Canady, Pelleran, Rasmusson

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.

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