GCC Board of Trustees Approves New Strategic Plan

Genesee Community College will develop new student success initiatives, maintain financial sustainability, and reach out to the community in innovative ways under a new strategic plan adopted by the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Genesee Community College will develop new student success initiatives, maintain financial sustainability, and reach out to the community in innovative ways under a new strategic plan adopted by the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

The Board, meeting at the Batavia Campus for its regular monthly meeting, unanimously approved the strategic plan developed by a 20-member strategic planning steering team over the last year.

The plan continues the College’s long tradition of personalized student service, and emphasis on community outreach and economic development. For example, the College plans to increase the use of career services as one way to enhance student success, and bring productivity-building training programs to more area businesses through The BEST Center.

The new plan, which covers the years 2011-2013, focuses on six strategic priorities: student success and preparedness, faculty and staff success, economic development and impact, relevant and impactful initiatives for college and community, culture of trust and innovation, and financial sustainability. Within those six priorities the plan seeks to achieve 30 outcomes or goals.

President James M. Sunser said the new plan will help Genesee Community College maintain its tradition of excellence. “Strategic planning has become a best practice in higher education,” Dr. Sunser said. “This is the College’s first comprehensive strategic plan, and it will help us focus our efforts on our most important priorities. On a day-to-day basis, the strategic plan will help us do the best work we can possibly do.”

As part of the plan, the Board of Trustees adopted new College vision and mission statements. The College’s vision: Genesee Community College will be the center of educational excellence and innovation; empowering individuals, organizations, and communities to meet the demands of a changing world.

The College’s mission statement: Dedicated to meeting the changing needs of individuals and the community, Genesee Community College, a public, open-admission, student-centered college, commits to providing educational experiences which promote intellectual and social growth, workforce and economic development, and global citizenship.

Members of the Strategic Planning Steering Team included Dr. Eunice M. Bellinger, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Michael A. Crittenden, Professor of Physics and Chair, Academic Senate; Ian M. Dries, President, Student Government Association, 2010-2011; Rebecca L. Dziekan, Director of Health and Physical Education; Richard G. Ensman, Jr., Director of Development and External Affairs; Deborah A. Greene, Secretary, Learning Technologies; Kevin P. Hamilton, Vice President of Finance and Administration; Dr. Larene Hoelcle, Vice President for Human Resources and Planning; Steven G. Hyde, President and CEO, Genesee County Economic Development Centre; Kathleen A. Kimber, Professor of Spanish; Jerry A. Kozlowski, Associate Vice President for Workforce Development; Tanya M. Lane-Martin, Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services/Director of Admissions; Edward J. Levinstein, Associate Dean of Accelerated College Enrollment Programs; Carol Marriott, Associate Dean for Institutional Research and Assessment; Samson A. Olaode, Director of Grant Services and President, Genesee Educational Association; John G. Reina, Director of Computer Services; James Simon, Associate Dean, Medina Campus Center; Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services; Gina M. Weaver, Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Mark E. Yasses, Custodial Staff and President, Genesee Community College Educational Support Personnel Association.

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved the awarding of 160 degrees and certificates to Genesee students in August, subject to their satisfactory completion of course requirements. The College anticipates awarding two Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees; 64 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; 66 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and 28 certificates. “This is one of the most enjoyable things we do,” President James M. Sunser commented.
  • Approved changes to the list of professional service position titles filed annually with the State University of New York.
  • Heard Vice Chair Maureen T. Marshall report that the Policy Committee had reviewed several technical changes to the Board’s By-Laws, including the addition of board meetings in October and February. The Board plans to vote on the revisions at its September meeting.
  • Heard Board Chair Charles R. Ruffino thank trustees and staff members for participating in the Board’s annual retreat in July.
  • Heard President James M. Sunser report that three individuals are joining the College’s faculty and staff. Gloria A. Morgan joins the staff as Associate Dean of the Albion Campus Center. A native of the Albion area, Ms. Morgan comes to Genesee from Monroe Community College where she was a professor serving as a member of the Office and Computer Programs Department. She has also taught at SUNY Brockport, Nazareth College, and the Rochester Business Institute. She holds the A.A.S. degree from Genesee Community College, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Nazareth College. Dr. Carolyn M. Caccamise joins Genesee as Assistant Director of the Veterinary Technology Program. She has worked for more than 25 years in private practice, and served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Genesee last year. She holds the D.V.M. degree from Cornell University. Dr. Caccamise is a resident of Alexander. Paul Schwartz joins Genesee as temporary Instructor of Chemistry. Mr. Schwartz worked as a senior chemist at Eastman Kodak Co. for 24 years and has served as a member of Genesee’s adjunct faculty. He holds the B.S. degree from St. Lawrence University and the M.S. degree from Lehigh University. He is a resident of Webster. Dr. Eunice Bellinger, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, introduced Ms. Morgan, who was present at the Board meeting.
  • Heard Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that applications for fall admission have been heavy in recent weeks and that she anticipates enrollment to be up at least 1% on August 22, the first day of classes.
  • Heard Kevin P. Hamilton, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that contractors are making strong progress on the repair and rehabilitation work in the Batavia Campus plaza. Cement work is almost complete, and some areas of the plaza will be open within the next two weeks, he said.

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