MCC Board Elects New Officers, Approves Long-Range Plans

(Bradenton, Aug. 15, 2007) - In its annual organizational meeting held Aug. 15,  the Manatee Community College (MCC) District Board of Trustees elected Venice resident Steve Harner the board chair and former U.S. Rep. Dan Miller of Bradenton the vice chair. Both were appointed to the board by former Gov. Jeb Bush in July 2005. Read complete release.

Trustees approved a 2007-10 Strategic Plan presented by Dr. Thomas Cleary, vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness. The Strategic Plan identifies 12 issues and four strategic priorities and emphasizes student success and student retention. Read complete release.

A five-year Capital Improvement Program request was approved by trustees to pave the way for seeking state PECO funding for renovations, remodeling and new construction totaling almost $50 million from 2009-2013. Read complete release.

The expected impact of state revenue shortfalls on the community college system was reported by MCC President Dr. Sarah H. Pappas from a recent meeting of the community college system's Council of Presidents with Florida Senate staff members and Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. Read complete release.

Results of recent student surveys, reported by President Pappas, reflect that student satisfaction with the MCC experience is at an all-time high point. Read complete release.

The Foundation for MCC Inc., the College's private fundraising arm, 10-month report for the period ending July 31 was presented by Peg Lowery, Foundation executive director. The report included a total endowment portfolio of $45.8 million; a new endowment established by former MCC Board of Trustees Chair Francis "Rip" DuPont and his wife, Linda; and an all-time participation record by MCC employees. Read complete release.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held Sept. 19 at MCC Lakewood Ranch.


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