Genesee is One of Nation's "Great Colleges to Work For," Trustees Hear


Genesee Community College has again gained recognition as one of the nation’s top community colleges, Associate Vice President for Human Resources Gina M. Weaver reported to the College’s Board of Trustees this evening.

The recognition comes from Modern Think, a national research firm, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, which last month named Genesee as one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Genesee Community College was the only community college in the State University of New York to be included in the “Great Colleges to Work For” list.

As part of the “Great Colleges” project, faculty and staff members at Genesee and almost 250 other leading colleges and universities across the U.S. described their attitudes toward their positions and their colleges in a lengthy survey. Modern Think, the research firm, tabulated the results on behalf of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation’s leading higher education professional periodical. As part of the survey process, the College also had to complete a detailed institutional profile.

Chronicle editors used the survey results and institutional profiles to identify several dozen colleges and universities as “great places to work.”

Genesee scored exceptionally high in the quality of facilities, and the safety and security of the campus environment, Ms. Weaver told trustees. “Kudos to our Buildings and Grounds staff, our Public Safety staff, and our Campus Safety Committee,” Ms. Weaver said. “And let’s not forget the fact that our technology is very much a part of our facilities, and our computer services staff deserve recognition for the exceptional technology we enjoy.”

Genesee faculty and staff ranked the College highly in numerous categories, including institutional pride, relationships with supervisors, and overall job satisfaction, Ms. Weaver reported.

Six members of the College’s Buildings and Grounds staff were on hand at the Board of Trustees meeting to hear Ms. Weaver’s report on the survey results. They included Timothy Landers, Director of Buildings and Grounds; Martin Cross, Senior Custodial Worker; Jason Reardon, Senior Groundskeeper; Erik Will, Senior Custodial Worker; Diane Marchese, Buildings and Grounds Secretary; and Wayne Gruendike, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor. Trustees and members of the audience gave the Buildings and Grounds staff members a round of applause after Ms. Weaver completed her report.

Board of Trustees Chair Laurie Miller said that she was pleased with the survey results. “We know we’re a great college, but it’s very nice to be recognized nationally,” she said.

In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved a technical amendment to the Board’s By-Laws, clarifying that the affirmative votes of six trustees – the same as the Board’s quorum – are required before any Board action can be approved. The amendment also removes an old provision that permitted absentee voting in certain circumstances.
  • Approved the awarding of 149 degrees and certificates to students, subject to their satisfactory completion of academic requirements this summer. Two students are expected to receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree; 77 students, the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree; 56 students, the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree; and 14 students, certificates.
  • Heard Board Chair Laurie Miller appoint Board committees for the 2009-2010 year. Appointed to the Policy Committee were Charles R. Ruffino (Chair), Maureen T. Marshall, and Diane D. Torcello. Appointed to the Personnel Committee were Melvin J. Wentland (Chair), Marcia H. Noonan, and Glenn R. Morton. Appointed to the Buildings and Grounds Committee were Kenneth A. Dodd (Chair), Laura J. Bohm, and Ms. Miller. Appointed to the Finance Committee were Ms. Torcello (Chair), Ms. Marshall, and Rev. Dodd. Ms. Miller appointed Dr. Wentland to serve as the Board of Trustee’s representative to the Association of Community College Trustees. Ms. Noonan and Mr. Ruffino will serve as trustee members of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Foundation. Ms. Miller will serve as trustee member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Association.
  • Heard Board Chair Laurie Miller thank trustees and staff members for participating in the Board of Trustees’ annual retreat in early July.
  • Heard Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that 2,106 individuals had applied for admission as full-time students for the Fall 2009 semester as of July 31, up 4.4% from the 2,018 individuals who had applied one year earlier. Five hundred sixty six individuals had applied for part-time study, up 2.1% from the 554 students who had applied for part-time study a year earlier. President Stuart Steiner said that 3,568 students had registered for classes as of this morning, up 6.6% from the 3,347 students who had registered a year ago. Dr. Steiner told trustees that he was especially pleased that registration at the College’s six campus centers is up 12%. Dr. Steiner also noted that registration for the Summer 2009 semester will set a new record.
  • Heard Kevin P. Hamilton, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that the new Lima Campus Center is 90% complete. Paving will be completed later this week, and furniture and equipment will be arriving in the following weeks. Mr. Hamilton said he anticipates that staff will be able to occupy the building by the end of the month. Classes begin in Lima September 21. Mr. Hamilton also reported that work is progressing on the new soccer/lacrosse field and the gymnasium upgrades. Gym bleachers have been removed and much painting completed. The next step of the gym project will be the removal of the existing floor, Mr. Hamilton told trustees.
  • Heard Dr. Eunice M. Bellinger, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, report that Dr. Alan Davis, President of Empire State College, will be at Genesee Community College on August 18 to sign a new Bachelor’s Degree articulation program with Genesee. Under the new program, Genesee students will be able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Services, Criminal Justice, or Nursing by attending courses at Genesee for five semesters and pursuing study at Empire for three semesters. The new program will especially benefit students at Genesee’s campus centers, Dr. Bellinger said.
  • Heard Dr. Bellinger report that Genesee will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Southbank College of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, in October. Through the agreement, nursing students at each college will participate in an international exchange program and participate in international clinical placements. A second Memorandum of Understanding will give students interested in laboratory technology international study opportunities.
  • Heard Richard G. Ensman, Jr., Director of Development and External Affairs, describe the Genesee Community College Foundation’s charitable gift annuity program, which the Foundation expects to launch in the near future. Charitable gift annuities give donors the opportunity to make a charitable gift benefitting the College, while receiving lifetime income at the same time.