February 15, 2018 Agenda and Minutes | GCTC

February 15, 2018 Agenda and Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6 p.m.
Transportation Technology Center, Room UT104
1051 Dudley Road, Ft. Wright, KY 41017

Board Members Present

  • Mrs. Sonja Adams
  • Dr. Julie Smith-Morrow
  • Mr. Sam Collier
  • Mr. Ken Paul
  • Mr. Jeff Groob
  • Mr. Daniel Ridley
  • Mr. Erik Hermes

Board Members Absent

  • Mr. Charles L. Session, Jr.
  • Ms. Ivy Velez
  • Ms. Viviane Johnson

Gateway and KCTCS Faculty and Staff Present

  • Dr. Amber Decker, Vice President, Development
  • Dr. Fernando Figueroa, President/CEO
  • Mr. Patrick Lamping, Creative Strategies Coordinator
  • Ms. Erica Marye, Digital Marketing Manager
  • Mr. Doug Penix, Associate Vice President for Academic Services
  • Mr. Stephen Popple, Director of Knowledge Management
  • Dr. Teri VonHandorf, Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Phyllis Yeager, Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Jamie Younger, Vice President, Administrative & Business Affairs


  • Mr. Michael Murray, KCTCS General Counsel 


  1. Call to Order/Welcome/Roll Call - Chair Paul
    • Chair, Ken Paul, called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Roll was called. The record will reflect that a quorum was present.
  2. Approval of Minutes – December 7, 2017 - Chair Paul
    • Chair Paul called for a motion to approve the minutes. Jeff Groob requested an amendment to the minutes to reflect that he felt the President’s Report was incomplete and the content did not meet the commitment to the board. Upon motion by Dr. Julie Smith-Morrow, and seconded by Jeff Groob, the minutes of the December 7, 2017, Board of Directors meeting were approved as amended. 
  3. Foundation Update - Dr. Decker, Dr. Figueroa
    • Dr. Amber Decker provided a Foundation update covering the sale of the church property, the end of the term for Chair Jim Parsons, and the new Chair Steve Brunson. Discussion concerned a Facebook post on the Foundation Facebook page that was removed but resulted in a complaint, the separation of the Foundation board and KCTCS, and ensuring that the candidate is made aware of the issue. 
  4. KCTCS Legal Updates - Mr. Murray
    • Mr. Michael Murray, General Counsel for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, presented the KCTCS anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy 3.3.1 and the five duties of college boards in the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS).

      Discussion included the budget process, questions about the evaluation of the college president, budget questions suggested at the KCTCS college board workshop, clear and frequent communication at college level and with KCTCS, Board of Regents approval of college budgets and timelines, committee meetings, and a policy for adding a guest and or topic to a meeting agenda. 
  5. Committee Reports - Strategic Planning Retreat Committee
    • Dr. Julie Smith-Morrow spoke about the board retreat, scheduled on Saturday, March 17. 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

      Finance and Facilities Committee discussion included the budget process in relation to the Kentucky budget timeline and input to the budget decisions at Gateway. 
  6. Chairman’s Report - Chair Paul
    • Chair Paul noted that he presented a proclamation to outgoing board members at a luncheon at the Greyhound Tavern on January 10. 
  7. President’s Report - Dr. Figueroa
    • Dr. Figueroa presented a report that was placed on file.
      Chair Paul asked for a Campbell County donor scholarship and suggested topics at next board meetings to include a Mission Statement review and clarification of Urban College. 
  8. Adjournment
    • Upon motion by Dr. Julie Smith-Morrow, and seconded by Mr. Erik Hermes, Chair Paul
      adjourned the meeting at 7:26 p.m.

Pending Items

  • Gateway Mission Statement

Important Dates to Remember

  • Poverty Simulation – March 16
  • Board Retreat – March 17
  • Board Meeting – April 16
  • Night of Excellence – May 8
  • Gateway Commencement – May 10
  • Board Meeting – May 24