Sandy Balfour, who was attending her last meeting as a trustee, was recognized for nearly 10 years of service to the board and the college. “It’s time for me to allow someone else to have the privilege and pleasure of serving you,” she said.  

The Board of Trustees:

  • Approved Student and Mandatory Fees for 2018-2019, which includes no increase in student tuition. Students will pay the same amount as 2012-2013: $107.10 per credit hour for Florida residents and $421.88 for nonresidents for lower division courses. Baccalaureate degree courses remain $122.89 per credit hour for Florida residents and $570.77 for nonresidents.
  • Approved the annual Operating Budget for 2018-2019 in the amount of $39.1 million.
  • Approved an amendment to the General Fund Operating Budget for 2017-2018 to reflect a transfer of operational reserves to the Unexpended Plant Fund to complete critical facility infrastructure renovation, site acquisition projects and establish a building and infrastructure disaster repair contingency construction fund.
  • Approved a nonrecurring, one-time payment for CF employees: 1.5 percent of base annual salary to each current full-time college employee that was employed as of Dec. 31, 2017, and a flat $200 payment to each current part-time college employee that was both employed as of Dec. 31, 2017, and received a payroll check for the pay period ending May 15, 2018.
  • Approved the Capital Improvement Program – Fiscal Year 2019-2020 through Fiscal Year 2023-2024 and Fund 7, and the College-Wide Capital Outlay Projects Budget for 2018-2019.
  • Approved the 2018-2019 Salary Schedule and Related Personnel Policies.
  • Approved the Appleton Museum of Art Operating Budget for 2018-2019.
  • Approved the Guidelines for Base Fee Facilities Rentals.
  • Approved write-offs for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. Students are still responsible for their debts.
  • Approved the Board Calendar for 2018-2019. Meetings are held at the Ocala Campus unless otherwise indicated. 22, Sept. 26 (Hampton Center), Oct. 31, Dec. 5 (Appleton Museum), Jan. 23, Feb. 27 (Levy Campus), March 27, April 24 (Citrus Campus), May 22 and June 26.
  • Acknowledged receipt of an agreement with Hunton Brady Architects for the Health Science Technology Center project.
  • Acknowledged receipt of an agreement for Construction Management Service with Ausley Construction for the Health Science Technology Center project.
  • Acknowledged receipt of the CF Foundation Audit and DSO Checklist – Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2017. There were no material weaknesses. The foundation is in a great position following a good earning year and a solid fundraising year, said Chris Knife, executive director of the foundation.
  • Acknowledged receipt of the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
  • Received information on the Operational Audit – Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. CF had a finding related to delayed remittance of undisbursed advances. The issue has been addressed.

Trustee Remarks

  • Bill Edgar thanked Sandy Balfour for her service to the board and the college.

Board Reorganization

  • Rusty Branson was selected by the board to serve as chair for 2018-2019. Joyce Brancato will serve as board vice chair and will also continue as representative to the Appleton Cultural Center Inc. Bobby Durrance and Branson will share the role of representative to the CF Foundation Board.

President’s Report

  • Summer full-time enrollment is up 10.3 percent and student headcount up 5.4 percent as of June 27. Fall full-time enrollment is down 4.0 percent and student headcount is down 4.9 percent. We continue to make progress on fall enrollment and expect to be close to 1 percent down.
  • Student Support Services hosted 60 Project Eagle Summer Bridge participants, the highest number ever. The program focused on helping incoming students to become college-ready, both academically and socially. The first week included motivational speaker and team builder Carl “Energizer” Olson from Wisconsin; college president Dr. Henningsen; an occupational and career assessment by Henri Benlolo; and exposure to college resources. Students also completed a noncognitive assessment and a time management seminar with Assistant Professor Julee McCammon. Dr. Daniel Jean, motivational speaker from Montclair State University in New Jersey, helped students identify their passions and how to create goals to achieve them. The book and film “Hidden Figures” were integrated into the curriculum. Participants will take an educational field trip to Kennedy Space Center and a campus tour at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland next semester.
  • The CF Foundation received a $100,000 stock gift for an existing endowed scholarship and $12,500 for a new endowed scholarship for business students. Additionally, a charitable remainder trust matured and the foundation will receive $100,000 for an unrestricted endowed scholarship. Staff attended a full-day planning retreat June 21 at the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. In May, 104 Scholarships Taking Elementary Promising Students to CF were awarded. The foundation also accepted gifts to establish two additional STEPS in Marion and Levy counties.
  • During the week of June 11, Dr. Henningsen attended the annual Council of Presidents meeting and Florida Chamber’s Learners to Earners Summit. Commissioner Adam Putnam spoke to attendees. Mark Wilson, CEO of the Florida Chamber, spoke highly of the college system and importance colleges play in economic development. The Florida College System has worked hard over the last two years to tell its success story with the chamber and that work has paid off.
  • Charles McIntosh, dean of Public Service/Criminal Justice, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Leadership Ocala/Marion.
  • The college is partnering with the Citrus County YMCA to host a two-day Rising Senior experience July 24-25. The event will expose rising high school seniors to key considerations as they think about applying to college or embarking on careers following graduation. CF will provide financial aid and college application workshops and will conduct CareerCoach assessments with participants. Students will also hear presentations by Vernon Lawter, vice president for Regional Campuses, and current CF student leaders.
  • Dean of Health Sciences Stephanie Cortes and 15 nursing faculty members attended the Florida Council of Nursing Education Administrators and Florida Organization of Associate Degree Nursing annual conference in Lakeland. The conference focused on how to teach clinical judgment skills and prepare student nurses for the workforce.
  • Debbie Becker, Associate Degree Nursing faculty and Simulation Center coordinator, attended the second of three retreats in the yearlong National League for Nursing Simulation Leadership program from June 17-21 in Washington, D.C.
  • Henningsen met with Sen. Wilton Simpson June 26 to discuss priorities for CF and the college system. Simpson is designated to be Senate president in the 2021-2022 legislative sessions.
  • On June 25, Dr. Henningsen presented to a national group of aspiring presidents at the American Association of Community Colleges Future President’s Institute on “Mission, Vision, Values, Goals and Organizational Structure.”
  • The Florida Department of Education has selected CF to host the statewide Equity Conference Oct. 25-26 at the Ocala Campus.
  • In Athletics:
  • Softball: Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Markham-Rosario was named first team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association has named the following to All-American Teams: first team, pitcher Lindsay Markham-Rosario; second team, shortstop Takiya London and infielder Kayla Jensen, and third team, first baseman Karli Woolington.
  • Baseball: Right-handed pitchers Mark Potterand Franklin Hernandez were selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Potter and Hernandez became the third and fourth Patriot pitchers drafted in the past two years under head coach Marty Smith, five overall since 2014. CF ranks No. 2 among Florida JUCOs for most pitchers drafted in the past two years.
  • In Appleton Museum of Art news:
  • “Medieval To Metal: The History Of The GUITAR” exhibition opened May 19 and will be open through Sept. 2. The exhibit features more than 40 objects and celebrates the history and artistic development of the guitar. Fender Caster Guitar donated three guitars for visitors to play while visiting the exhibit.
  • As part of “Medieval To Metal,” on May 26 Welson Tremura, associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Guitar at the Center for Latin American Studies and UF’s School of Music, spoke about the history of the guitar and gave a musical performance. On June 10, Grammy Award winner and record producer Bruce Swedien presented a talk on his career in the music business. On July 29, Howard Paul, a gifted musician, business leader and CEO of Benedetto Guitars, will give a presentation on guitar sounds and how they are made.
  • The fourth annual 2018 Mobile Photography Exhibition opened June 19 with a reception for more than 200 guests. Over 400 entries were submitted in the categories of Travel & Adventure, Portraits and Black & White.
  • The Trips ’N’ Tours staff is planning a trip to New York’s Hudson River Valley to visit the estates of the Roosevelts, Vanderbilts and Goulds, and a repeat trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.
  • Summer Art Camps and adult classes have begun. The Art Camps, for ages 4 and up, feature Fashion Fun, Building with Lego, Meet the Masters, Folk Art, Set Design and more.

The next meeting of the District Board of Trustees will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Ocala Campus.