Regular Meeting - Board of Trustees

June 4, 2001


In accordance with the terms and provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, the Board of Trustees of the Austin Community College District convened in public session on Monday, June 4, 2001, at 6:04 p.m. in the Board Room (201) of the Highland Business Center of the Austin Community College located at 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, Texas, with the following members present: Lillian Davis, Chair/Presiding Officer; Beverly Silas, Vice Chair; John Worley, Secretary; Beverly Watts Davis; Allen Kaplan; Barbara Mink; Della May Moore; Carol Nasworthy; and Rafael Quintanilla.


It is further found and determined that in accordance with the policies and orders of this Board, the notice of this meeting has been posted and return thereof made pursuant to the terms and provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, and there has been full compliance with the terms and provisions of said act, including the timely posting of the subjects of this meeting.


Election of Board Officers

Lillian Davis introduced the item.

Trustee Barbara Mink moved and Beverly Watts Davis seconded that:

MOTION: The Board re-elect the following Board officers: Lillian J. Davis, Chair; Beverly S. Silas, Vice Chair; and John B. Worley, Secretary.

VOTE: The motion passed by a unanimous vote of 9-0.



       Dr. Ana M. "Cha" Guzman, Executive Vice President introduced new employees: Aaron Riethmayer, Cashier Supervisor, Business Services, and Heather Iarusso, Public Information Specialist, Marketing and Public Information Department.

       Bob Rustishauser, Chair, ACC Foundation, and Board Chair Lillian Davis accepted a gift in the amount of $120,000 from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation. Mr. Rutishauser commented that this was the largest single endowment to the Austin Community College Scholarship Fund. Mr. Rutishauser introduced members present from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation: Bob Lichtenberger, Jamison Travis, Don Bosserman, Milt Carr, Ernie Banasau, Larry Wetter, Bill Bacon, Richard Gallant, and guests Betty Bosserman, Barbara Carr, Virginia Banasau, and Jeana Wetter. Mr. Gallant expressed appreciation for the work of Austin Community College in providing educational opportunities for all citizens in the community, and presented a Certificate of Recognition to Board Chair Lillian Davis and College President Richard Fonte. Appreciation was expressed to Bob German of Austin Community College who was instrumental in making it possible for the College to receive the gift. Trustee Allen Kaplan expressed appreciation to the Purple Heart Veterans for all they have done for the Country.

       Dr. Davis recognized Dr. Elva Allie, Executive Vice President of Austin Community College, who will leave the College in July to become President of Galveston College. A plaque and floral tribute were presented to Dr. Allie. Trustees acknowledged Dr. Allie's many contributions to the College, extended congratulations, and wished her well. Dr. Allie stated it had been a privilege to serve the College and expressed appreciation for having had the access and opportunity to work with great people at the College.


Citizens Communications

       Myra Bradley, ACC/AFT, spoke regarding Board Policy C-2, Organizational Principles.

       Steven Mason, citizen, spoke regarding tuition.


Reports from Employee Associations

       Adjunct Faculty Association - Kamil Jbeily, President, spoke regarding the three-year compensation plan and adjunct pay.

       Classified Employees Association - No report was presented.

       Full-Time Faculty Senate - Paula Robertson-Rose, President, and John Cise, ACC full-time faculty, spoke regarding faculty pay.

      Professional/Technical Employees Association - Linda Morrison, President, spoke regarding association activities.

       Student Government Association - No report was presented.


Reports to the Board


1.     Report of Achievements and Recognitions - Dr. Elva Allie, Executive Vice President, expressed appreciation for having had the opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and administration of Austin Community College. She distributed information and called attention to the following examples of the excellence at ACC:

       Sheila Ammons, ACC Program Coordinator for the Accounting Program, recently received a "Distinguished Service Award" from the City of Austin for her donation of time and talent to the volunteer VITA program.

       Eric Hankins, former ACC student, recently graduated from Arizona State University with a Master's in Secondary Math and Science and credits ACC professors for persuading him to remain in college during some difficult times.

       ACC Professor Jim Webb was recognized by his entire class in a letter of recognition submitted to the Associate Dean of the Pinnacle Campus which read in part: "Our class has an extremely diverse student population from retired corporate managers to young persons recently out of high school. It is the combination of his sincere interest and dedication to each student coupled with an ability to deliver theoretical and applications specific knowledge of the tools that we appreciate.

       ACC was first on the list of "Top 25 Computer Training Facilities" in Austin.


Trustee Report(s) to the Board

Trustee Della May Moore, board member of the Austin Project, stated that the Austin Project is an eight-year, non-profit effort to empower families in low-income areas to improve their education, health care, leadership opportunities and career development. She advised that the Austin Project Strategy is creating change agents in prevention, continuity of health services from prenatal care to workforce readiness, and securing resources for all of Austin. Ms. Moore said the Austin Project works with Austin Community College, Austin Interfaith, the City of Austin, and Travis County. She called attention to the ACC linkage and stated that the Austin Project is vested in empowering individuals to become self-sufficient, resulting in positive outcomes for families. She cited successful program partnerships, Gateway, workforce, ESL, GED, and the Booker T. Collaborative.



Dr. Davis introduced the Consent Agenda:


Agenda Item 7371

Minutes of the May 7, 2001, Regular Meeting, and the May 21, 2001, Board Work Session

Vice Chair Beverly Silas moved and Carol Nasworthy seconded that:

MOTION: The Board of Trustees approve the minutes as presented.

VOTE: The motion passed by a unanimous vote of 8-0.

The Chair did not vote.




Agenda Item 7373

Resolution to Nominate Della May Moore for ACCT Award

Trustee Beverly Watts Davis moved and Beverly Silas seconded that:

MOTION: The Board of Trustees endorse and support the nomination of Austin Community College Trustee Della May Moore for the M. Dale Ensign Trustee Award of the Association of Community College Trustees.

VOTE: The motion passed by a unanimous vote of 9-0.


Agenda Item 7372

Board Policy C-2, College Organizational Principles (One College Concept)

Trustees participated in a discussion of Board Policy C-2, College Organizational Principles (One College Concept) with the following ACC administrators and faculty: Richard Fonte, Steve Kinslow, Elva Allie, Ana M. "Cha" Guzman, Donetta Goodall, Alan Rasco, Ron Brey, Maggie Culp, Steven Bradley, Laura Ore, Stacey Thompson, Kamil Jbeily, Kitty Henderson, Don Morris, Cecil Sanders, David Fonken, Warren Donworth, Mary Kohls, Bob Quigley, Bernice Speer, and Lanell Bolton (for Allison Mosshart).


Dr. Davis expressed appreciation for the comments provided by the faculty and administrators.


Agenda Item 7374

Proposed Board Planning Topics for Next Six Months (July 2001-January 2002)

Rafael Quintanilla moved and Allen Kaplan seconded that:

MOTION: The Board of Trustees approve the following proposed topics to be placed on the agenda of the Board during the next six months.

VOTE: The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.

Trustees Carol Nasworthy and Della May Moore were absent for the vote.

The Chair did not vote.


Proposed Topics

July 2001 - January 2002



Monday, July 9, 2001 - Highland Business Center

Monday, July 23, 2001 - Rio Grande Campus

5:45 p.m. Briefing Topic: Early College Start Study of Factors of Success



Monday, August 6, 2001 - Highland Business Center

August 17-18, 2001, Retreat (Location to be determined) (no mid-month Work Session)



Tuesday, September 4, 2001, Highland Business Center

Monday September 24, 2001 (Fourth Monday) - Riverside Campus

5:45 p.m. Briefing Topic: Center for Non-Profit Training--status report


Monday, October 1, 2001, Highland Business Center

Monday, October 15, 2001, Pinnacle Campus (Possible Retreat)

5:45 p.m. Briefing Topic: Datatel Update



Monday, November 5, 2001, Highland Business Center

Monday, November 19, 2001 - Northridge Campus

5:45 p.m. Briefing Topic: Human Resources Update

Monday, November 26, 2001 - Special Meeting, Highland Business Center



Monday, December 3, 2001, Highland Business Center



Monday, January 14, 2002, Highland Business Center (2nd Monday)

Monday, January 28, 2002, Service Center (4th Monday)

5:45 p.m. Briefing Topic: Transfer of Functions to Service Center

Agenda Item 7375

Proposed Amendment to Board Policy A-4, Out-of-District Tuition

Dr. Davis introduced the item and President Fonte provided comments on the proposed amendment. Trustees discussed in-district and out-of-district tuition. This item will be included on the agenda for the June 18, 2001, Board Work Session.


Agenda Item 7376

Resolution to Support AMD

Dr. Davis introduced the item and Beverly Silas stated that Austin, Texas, was being considered as a possible site for Advanced Micro Devices' new plant and called attention to the proposed resolution indicating Austin Community College's support for location of the new plant in Austin. She said that the resolution showed support for ACC partners and had no fiscal impact. Trustees discussed the resolution and the Board policy for voting. Dr. Davis indicated the resolution would be included on the July 9 agenda and asked Trustees to provide suggestions for any revisions to the resolution.


Agenda Item 7377

Proposed Amendments to Board Policy G-2, Purchasing

Dr. Davis introduced the item and Trustees discussed the proposed amendments. She stated that this item would appear on the July 9 agenda for consideration.


Agenda Item 7378

Proposed FY2002 Budget

Dr. Davis introduced the item and Joe Ed Spencer, Interim Vice President for Business Services, provided information concerning the revenue projections for FY 2002 and the expenditures for the Master Plan Scenario 3: Three-Year Projections. Trustees discussed the projected revenue and expenditures. Dr. Fonte stated that greater detail would be presented for review and discussion at the June 18 Board Work Session.


Information Items

There were no items.


President's Report

Dr. Fonte commented on the anticipated salary increases for FY 2002 for adjunct and full-time faculty and professional-technical and classified employees.

Quick Meeting Review

Trustees commented regarding the meeting:

What we did well rated as 1-5 (with 5 being very satisfied): quite satisfied and enjoyed discussion with administration and faculty; good meeting; lively discussions; very satisfied; meeting was very good, exactly on time, good reports from those attending; enjoyed diversity of opinions and broad representation from the College in discussion; didn't qualify as a dialogue, but heard from people that are usually not heard from.

What we can do better: would have preferred to have the discussion at the mid-month meeting, and for two hours.



Beverly Silas annouced that she would be the luncheon speaker at the Steven Kohls meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.



Having no motion before the Board, the June 4, 2001, regular meeting of the Austin Community College Board of Trustees was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Approved By

John B. Worley, Secretary