February 6, 2020 Agenda and Minutes | GCTC

February 6, 2020 Agenda and Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Center for Advanced Manufacturing – Convening Center, B123
500 Technology Way, Florence, KY 41042
6:30 p.m. 

Board Members Present

  • Mr. John Baines
  • Mr. Larry Brown
  • Ms. Savannah Buck
  • Mr. Charles Coleman
  • Mr. Sam Collier
  • Mr. John Hayden
  • Mr. Erik Hermes
  • Mrs. Ruth Howell
  • Mr. Charles L. Session, Jr. 

Board Members Absent

  • Mr. David Schoenling

Gateway and KCTCS Faculty and Staff Present

  • Ms. Julie Althaver, Director of Development
  • Ms. Jane Frantz, Executive Assistant, President’s Office
  • Dr. Fernando Figueroa, President/CEO
  • Ms. Christi Godman, Associate Vice President, Workforce Solutions
  • Ms. Amy Hatfield, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
  • Ms. Adrijana Kowatsch, Vice President Development and External Relations
  • Mr. Larry Kraczek, Information Technology Specialist
  • Mr. Patrick Lamping, Creative Strategies Coordinator
  • Mr. Barry Pelphrey, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Ms. Dina Shields, Workforce Training Project Manager
  • Mr. Paul Tontillo, Director of Budget & Fiscal Services
  • Dr. Teri VonHandorf, Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Mr. Andre Washington, Associate Vice President, Enrollment
  • Ms. Ingrid Washington, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Mr. Jamie Younger, Vice President, Administrative & Business Affairs


  • Ms. Debbie Cannatella
  • Mr. Tom Fernandez
  • Ms. Janet Harrah
  • Ms. Tammy Roseberry


  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence/Roll Call
    • Board Vice Chair Erik Hermes, called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. after Larry Brown, John Hayden and Ruth Howell took the Oath of Office. 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. Mission Moment
    • Dr. Figueroa introduced Dr. Teri VonHandorf, who introduced Ms. Tammy Roseberry, BSN, RN. Ms. Roseberry is a Gateway graduate. She spoke about how proud she is to be a Gateway graduate. She was Student Government Association president and was here for the groundbreaking of this campus. The small class size and support she found at Gateway made all the difference for her when she started at Gateway in her 30s. Her education was interrupted when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but she worked with disability services at Gateway and was encouraged to keep going to earn her associate degree. She passed the NCLEX state boards on first try, and within a year was the team lead of her department at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She now trains other St. Elizabeth nurses and volunteers at a local high school on career day.

      Dr. Figueroa congratulated her on her success and thanked her for sharing her story of gaining confidence and working to achieve her dream. 
  3. Approval of Minutes – December 5, 2019
    • Vice Chair Hermes called for a motion to approve the minutes from the December 5, 2019, meeting. Upon motion by Mr. Session, and seconded by Mr. Collier, the minutes of the December 5, 2019, Board of Directors meeting were unanimously approved as presented and distributed.
  4. Election of Officers
    • Vice Chair Hermes said that with the three new appointed board members who replace two board members whose terms had been completed, the board chair office is left unfilled. The Nominating committee met and agreed to nominate Mr. Hermes for board chair. He asked if there were any additional nominations for chair. There were none, but there was a clarifying question about the term for the position. Mr. Hermes said the board chair term is two years, and whoever is elected at this time will serve the remainder of the term ending at the annual November board meeting. At that time all board executive offices will be elected for new two-year terms. Mr. Hermes also noted that typically the board chair speaks at graduation, but he is not able to attend
      graduation this year, and if he is elected, he will ask someone else from the board to speak.

      There being no other nominations, Mr. Baines made a motion to approve Mr. Hermes as board chair. Mr. Session seconded, and all were in favor.

      Since Mr. Hermes was serving as vice chair, that office was then vacant, and the Nominating committee forwarded Mr. John Baines as vice chair. Additional nominations were called for, but none were made. Mr. Brown made a motion to approve Mr. Baines as board vice chair. Mr. Session seconded, and all were in favor
  5. Committee Reports
    1. Performance Evaluation of the President Committee - Mr. Session
      Committee chair Session said that the committee met about three weeks ago and laid out the next steps for reviewing the annual goals from Dr. Box and Dr. Figueroa. The committee will meet in March and ask for evaluation submissions mid-April, later reconvening to compile a summary report for Dr. Box and Dr. Figueroa, that is due mid-May.

      Mr. Hermes said that he will contact each board member to discuss the committees they will serve on. He noted that the facilities and finance committee needs a new chair because he is not able to continue as a committee chair when he is the board chair. The Strategic Planning Development committee is now chaired by Mr. Baines,
      who asked the board members to consider joining that committee. He encouraged the new board members to think about where they can best be leveraged on the board. 
  6. President’s Report - Dr. Figueroa
    • Dr. Figueroa introduced two new Gateway leaders, Mr. Paul Tontillo, Director of Budget & Fiscal Services, and Mr. Barry Pelphrey, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness.

      At Dr. Figueroa’s invitation, board members shared comments for the benefit of the new board members, that included the following: this group really wants to do good things for the community; we don’t want (Gateway) to be the best kept secret in Northern Kentucky; Gateway is filling the workforce needs of the area; we are doing
      a better job on daily basis; the River City Project is a great project; we’re an answer for the problem of students graduating with enormous debt; appreciates the level of engagement of the board, and the commitment and transparency of the faculty and staff; there is more work to do; Dr Figueroa is looking for cooperation and the
      challenge to improve; appreciates the interaction of board and college staff; Gateway is a community supporting what is working and pushing for improvement to be transformational; there is opportunity to get engaged on the board where your fit is strongest; encourages new members to reach out to other board members and to
      Dr. Figueroa when they have questions; we are all here to work together; from a student’s perspective it’s great to see how many resources are offered to students; and Gateway is focused on helping students grow and reach their goals.

      Dr. Figueroa presented polo shirts to board members to be worn to increase awareness in the community. Gateway is honored to be represented by the board members. Dr. Figueroa shared that he is listed on behalf of Gateway in the Cincy magazine list of the Power 100 – People to Watch. He spoke about the Kentucky
      Community and Technical College System requests for state legislators. He requested that board members with connections to local legislators invite them to attend our Graduation in May.

      Dr. Figueroa said that Gateway contracted with SHP Research for data on the occupational needs of the community. He introduced Janet Harrah, who worked on behalf of SHP and is with the Center for Economic Analysis and Development at NKU. Ms. Harrah presented information about the scope, assumptions, definitions and a sample occupational profile. The complete set of occupational profiles is being evaluated by committees for each academic department.

      Dr. Figueroa spoke about the enrollment tracker document in the board packet, which has been helpful to Gateway faculty and staff focusing on enrollment goals. This is a smaller set of data than is included in the full enrollment report from knowledge management and that has been provided to the board at every meeting. Dr. Figueroa said that if the board likes the enrollment tracker, it will replace the enrollment report for the board’s update.

      Dr. Figueroa presented information on the economic impact report from Emsi, an economic modeling and employment data company. The report, included in the board packet, found that Gateway had an $89.8 million impact on the community in fiscal year 2018-19. The investment analysis found that in return for their investment, students will receive $217.3 million in increased earnings over their working lives. This translates to a return of $8.70 in higher future earnings for every dollar students invest in their education. Students’ average annual rate of return is 30.6%.

      Dr. Figueroa said that this report will be shared in press releases and on social media. He asked that board members share the information. There was a request and promise for more information in order to communicate what the numbers are based on and to be able to provide context. 

      Dr. Figueroa gave a legislative update regarding the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the KCTCS responses to the Governor’s proposed budget. He spoke about his recent meetings with NKY caucus members Adam Koenig, Chris McDaniel and Ed Massey.

      He invited the board members to attend the River City Promise signing event on February 11 at 1 p.m. in the Gateway Center for Technology Innovation and Enterprise (TIE). The River City Promise is an agreement with NKU to provide free college for students from the River Cities schools who earn an associate degree at Gateway and complete their bachelor’s degree at NKU in four years and meet other requirements.

      The full report was placed on file. 
  7. Adjournment
    • Upon motion by Mr. Collier, and seconded by Mr. Brown, Chair Hermes adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Gateway2NKU Signing of the River City Promise Program - February 11
  • Super Someday - February 21
  • Dean’s List Celebration - March 18
  • LIFT the Tri-State Graduation - March 20
  • Manufacturing Day - March 27
  • Going Pro Manufacturing Signing Day - April 27
  • Board Meeting - April 30
  • Nurse Pinning - May 7
  • Transportation Construction Certificate Graduation - May 8
  • Night of Excellence - May 12
  • Graduation - May 14
  • Board Meeting - May 28