December 6, 2018 Agenda and Minutes | GCTC

December 6, 2018 Agenda and Minutes

Board of Directors MEeting

Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Center for Advanced Manufacturing- Convening Center, B123
500 Technology Way, Florence, KY 41042

Board Members Present

  • Ms. Sarah Bryant
  • Mr. Sam Collier
  • Mr. Erik Hermes
  • Mr. Ken Paul
  • Mr. David Schoenling
  • Mr. Charles L. Session, Jr.
  • Dr. Julie Smith-Morrow

Board Members Absent

  • Mr. Jeff Groob
  • Ms. Ivy Velez

Gateway and KCTCS Faculty and Staff Present

  • Ms. Paula Barnes, Workforce Development Liaison/Project Manager
  • Mr. Tim Chesser, Director of Safety and Security
  • Mr. Matt Deavy, Workforce Development Liaison/Project Manager
  • Dr. Amber Decker, Vice President, Development
  • Ms. Jane Frantz, Executive Assistant, President's Office
  • Dr. Fernando Figueroa, President/CEO
  • Mr. Rodney Foltz, Diesel Instructor
  • Ms. Christi Godman, Associate Vice President, Workforce Solutions
  • Ms. Ressie Hall, Manager of Business Operations, Workforce Solutions
  • Ms. Jenni Hammons, Coordinator of Continuing Education/Community Services
  • 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
  • Ms. Emily Sayers, Workforce Development Liaison/Project Manager
  • Ms. Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
  • Dr. Teri VonHandorf, Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Mr. Andre Washington, Associate Vice President, Enrollment
  • Ms. Ingrid Washington, Vice President, Student Development
  • Dr. Kris Williams, Chancellor, Kentucky Community & Technical College System
  • Ms. Phyllis Yeager, Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Jamie Younger, Vice President, Administrative & Business Affairs


  • Ms. Debbie Cannatella
  • Mr. Kevin Hall
  • Mr. Joe Shields


  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence/Roll Call - Chair Paul
    • Board Chair Julie Smith-Morrow, called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. The board recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence. Roll call was taken. The record will reflect that a quorum was present. 
  2. Approval of Minutes
    • Chair Smith-Morrow called for a motion to approve the minutes from the October 25, 2018, meeting. Upon motion by Mr. Collier, and seconded by Mr. Schoenling, the minutes of the October 25, 2018, Board of Directors meeting were unanimously approved as presented and distributed.

      Chair Smith-Morrow welcomed Dr. Kris Williams, KCTCS Chancellor, who is visiting each KCTCS college, and was in attendance at the board meeting tonight. 
  3. Chairperson's Report
    • Chair Smith-Morrow stated that there will be new appointments from the Governor's office to fill the vacancy and expired terms on the board. The board continues the work of advocating for the college and reviewing the strategic plan, key performance indicators, and the finance and facilities of the college. Her goal is to align the board vision to the President's three-point focus on access to education, engaging and  relevant curriculum and removing barriers for students.

      Chair Smith-Morrow reported on her recent meetings in connection with and on behalf of the college: attended Navigo and Gateway meeting with seven school districts on the River Cities Training Hub Network; joined the Gateway Foundation Board; attended the KY Transportation Department and KCTCS CDL Simulator event at the Gateway Transportation Technology Center (TTC); met with Dr. Figueroa and Senator Wil Schroder, who will be following up with a tour of the TTC before January. 
  4. Old Business - Bylaws Resolution, Code of Ethics Signatures
    • Chair Smith-Morrow reviewed the passage of the new bylaws at the meeting on October 25, 2018. The legislative history has been added to the document. The appendix is the Code of Ethics which will be signed by each director after the meeting tonight. Chair Smith-Morrow read a resolution that formalizes that the previous bylaws were approved and replaced in whole with those voted on at the October 25, 2018, meeting.

      Upon motion by Mr. Paul, and seconded by Mr. Hermes, the resolution for the bylaws was approved unanimously.

      The code of ethics signature page was passed around for signature by each board member present. 
  5. Committee Assignments
    • Chair Smith-Morrow stated that she communicated with all of the board members individually about their committee assignments for 2018-19. The list of committee members is included in the board packet and is on file. Chair Smith-Morrow listed each committee with a brief explanation of the role and changes to the members. Mr. Paul has accepted the office of parliamentarian. Chair Smith-Morrow asked each committee chair to consider scheduling a January phone call if not a committee meeting since many of the committees have not met recently.
  6. Committee Reports
    • There were no committee reports because no committee met since the board meeting on October 25,2018. 
  7. President's Report
    • President Figueroa asked Dr. Teri VonHandorf to introduce the mission moment speaker, Mr. Kevin Hall, the son Mr. Greg Hall, a Gateway CDL instructor. Mr. Kevin Hall stated that he agreed to speak tonight because of the profound effect of Gateway on his life. He currently teaches chemistry at Holmes high school, and he remembers the teachers that made such a difference for him. His experience at Gateway was different than at any other school because the instructors persisted in encouraging him to work and to succeed. He regained his confidence at Gateway, and it inspired him to do really well in his classes. He now has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in educational leadership. As a teacher, he knows he needs to give his students individual attention in order to challenge them to succeed. He encourages his students to go to Gateway as a place to gain their first college experience.

      Dr. Figueroa asked Dr. VonHandorf and Mr. Jamie Younger to present a fall 2018 enrollment update. Dr. VonHandorf reviewed enrollment measurement definitions from a previous presentation, discussed the final fall enrollment numbers, and provided information about enrollment projections for 2019-2020. Mr. Younger spoke about the impact of the difference from the goal on the budget. House Bill 265 gave reprieve from the pension increase, but the expense had already been built into the budget, and was kept as an investment pool. It was partially used to cover the variance due to the decreased enrollment numbers.

      Dr. Figueroa asked Ms. Christi Godman, Associate Vice President Workforce Solutions/to share the ways that Workforce Solutions fits into the strategic plank three, which focuses on customizable and fluid educational pathways that are relevant and responsive to the dynamic needs of the region. Ms. Godman introduced her team members in attendance and spoke about all of the customized training and assessment options provided by Workforce Solutions.

      Dr. Figueroa mentioned the president's report document and presented a report on the Urban Metro Campus (UMC 2.0). These were both provided to each board member and are on file. The UMC 2.0 presentation included a review of the current status, plans being pursued for the best highest use for the facilities, and an execution timeline for first quarter 2019 through first quarter 2020. 
  8. Adjournment
    • Upon motion by Mr. Collier, and seconded by Mr. Schoenling, Chair Smith-Morrow adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

      The next board meeting is February 7, 2019, and the complete meeting schedule for 2019 is included in the packet. 

Important Dates to Remember

  • Workforce Solutions Partner Network Series December 12, 2018
  • Board Meeting February 7, 2019
  • KCTCS College Board Workshop March 1, 2019
  • Board Meeting April 25, 2019
  • Graduation May 16, 2019
  • Board Meeting May 23, 2019