Board Highlights December 2012

Thomas Ashley, the newest member of the Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, was sworn in to office by his father, Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, during the annual organizational meeting of the MSJC Board on Dec. 13, 2012.
 
Mr. Ashley represents Trustee Area 5. Voters selected Mr. Ashley during the November 2012 elections to serve in the seat that was held by Mrs. Joan Sparkman, who decided to step down after serving on the Board since 1999. Mr. Ashley will serve a four-year term.
 
In addition to Supervisor Marion Ashley, other family members attended the Dec. 13 Board meeting to watch the swearing in: Mary Ashley, and Tom’s wife, Nancy Ashley and their children Emily and Ryan.
 
Along with Mr. Ashley, trustees Eugene Kadow and Dorothy McGargill also took their oaths of office from Supervisor Ashley.
 
During its annual reorganization, Trustee McGargill was elected as the president of the Board. Trustee Kadow was chosen clerk of the Board.
 
During the regular meeting, the Board accepted an independent audit for 2011-12. The auditors found no significant deficiencies or material findings. Heidi White, principal auditor with Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., told the Board that the report is very good for MSJC.
 
The Board approved reinstating the 4.6 percent in pay that classified staff and administrators agreed to take as a cut in July to offset ongoing state budget cuts and payment deferrals to community colleges. The approval means administration and classified staff will have taken a 2.3 percent pay cut in the form of 6 furlough days in the six-month period ending in December 2012. 
 
The reinstatement of pay is the result of the passage of Prop. 30, which will mean MSJC will not experience the $7 million pay cut it was anticipating if Prop. 30 had not been approved by voters. It also allows MSJC to serve about 700 full-time equivalent students more than it would have without Prop. 30. Prop. 30 does not restore prior state funding cuts. The college still faces $4 million in cuts from the state and will still experience a 41 percent deferral in payments in 2012-13.
 
Dr. Kathleen Winston, dean of Nursing & Allied Health, presented the Board with her unit’s goals, activities and accomplishments.
 
Pat James, dean of Libraries and Technology, told the Board about the college’s non-resident online student initiative and explained the recent grant the college received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Under the $50,000 grant, MSJC will offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Crafting an Effective Writer: Language Tools. The course will be free and offered in late Spring 2013 through an online delivery system that links directly to the student’s own desktop. 
 
The Board agreed to postpone its January meeting to January 24, 2013 when faculty and students are back on campus.
 
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Left to right: Trustees Dorothy McGargill, and Eugene Kadow join Thomas Ashley, the newest Mt. San Jacinto College
Board member, in taking their oaths of office from Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley during the
MSJC Board meeting on Dec. 13, 2012. Marion Ashley is the father of Thomas Ashley.
 
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The Mt. San Jacinto College Board, December 2012, from left back row: Clerk of the Board Mr. Eugene Kadow,
Board President Mrs. Dorothy McGargill and Mr. Tom Ashley. Bottom row: Mrs. Ann Motte and Ms. Gwendolyn Scholange.
 
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New Mt. San Jacinto College trustee Mr. Tom Ashley (center) is joined by his family, from left:
Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, Mary Ashley, Emily Ashley, Nancy Ashley and Ryan Ashley.