Notes from the April 26, 2017, meeting of the CF District Board of Trustees


The meeting was held at the Citrus Learning and Conference Center in Lecanto.


The District Board of Trustees recognized faculty member Allan Danuff and four students from the All-Florida Academic Team. Each year, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the most outstanding students in the Florida College System based on academic achievement, leadership and service to the community by naming them to the All-Florida Academic Team. The board was introduced to Danielle Bryan, Madeline Ginn, Katlyn McNeal and Jennifer Rivera.

John Ash, associate professor of Visual and Performing Arts, recognized students who attended the Florida College System Activities Association Symposium of Music Departments. Chase DeCarlo was a winner in French horn, piano and opera and performed an impromptu song for the board.

Dr. Vernon Lawter, vice president of Regional Campuses, introduced Sonya Warden, manager, Student Affairs, and student leaders from the Citrus Campus Student Activities Board, who shared their courses of study and future plans.


Dr. Tammi Viviano-Broderick, dean for E-Learning and Learning Resources, and Josh Strigle, director of E-Learning and Learning Support Centers, presented information to the board about E-Learning programs. More than 30 percent of students are taking only online classes. CF has recently made seven additional programs available online, bringing the total to 16. The E-Learning Department plans to select four more programs to make fully available online.

In Other Business, The Board of Trustees:

■ Approved the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management with a specialization in Equine Studies as presented by Dr. Judy Downer. The program is planned to begin in fall 2018 with approximately 20 students.
■ Approved the Child Care Food Program Corrective Action Plan with the Florida Department of Health.
■ Approved the Recommendation for Award to Roof USA for the reroofing of Buildings 3, 6 and 9 at the Ocala Campus. The project begins in May and will be completed in August.
■ Approved the Annual Equity Report prepared by Human Resources.
■ Ratified change orders for the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Construction Project.
■ Received the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
■ Received an update from Dr. Jim Henningsen on the recent letter from Gov. Rick Scott regarding institutional performance. Staff is working on a response to a variety of questions concerning funding, programs, placement rates, areas of growth, etc.
■ Received the 2016 Accountability Report comparing CF’s performance on various measures with other colleges in the Florida College System.
■ Received Auditor General Report No. 2017-176, which is a financial audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. It was a perfect audit.
■ Received Auditor General Report No. 2017-180, which is the State of Florida Compliance and Internal Controls over Financial Reporting and Federal Awards for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. There were no deficiencies.
■ Received the 2017-2022 Appleton Museum of Art Strategic Plan.
■ Received a Citrus Campus update from Dr. Vernon Lawter, who shared pictures of the remodeled Learning Resources Center and Learning Support Center. New videophone technology has been added in Student Services and the campus surveillance camera system is being upgraded. The Marketing and Public Relations team is working with Citrus Campus staff to create a new promotional video and brochure.

Trustee Comments

Trustee Don Taylor said that he is proud of all of the students recognized at the meeting.

President’s Report

■ CF’s PTK chapter won the 2017 Chancellor’s Student Service Award from the Florida College System to recognize a college’s student organization for outstanding efforts to increase civic engagement through campuswide student involvement, education and awareness initiatives.
Dr. Henningsen and other CF representatives attended Chancellor Madeline Pumeriaga’s Best Practices Summit April 6 at Florida State University. Panel discussions included topics on affordability, attainment, and student success.
Rob Batsel, general counsel, has been appointed to serve as chair of the Florida Bar Education Law Committee during 2017-2018. The committee will take an active role in communicating and articulating legislative changes, publish a journal and hold an annual seminar addressing education law issues.
Dr Henningsen and Dr. Lawter attended the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention in New Orleans April 21-24 and shared a presentation on our Service Excellence process to a standing-room-only crowd. Dr. Henningsen was elected to the AACC Board of Directors effective July 1.
■ The Honors Institute: A Community of Scholars held its 19th annual recognition ceremony and reception April 25 in the Webber Center with approximately 120 in attendance. Twenty-nine new members were welcomed into the Honors Program and 15 graduating members were celebrated. The Honors Institute offers diverse opportunities for students to expand their learning experience inside and outside the classroom. Thanks to Professor Andrew Jenkins, honors faculty, staff and administrators for their leadership of this elite group.
■ Spring commencement will be held Friday, May 5, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Ocala. Our commencement speaker will be U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza, a 1991 CF alumni.
■ In Appleton Museum news, the Frida Kahlo exhibit and events were a huge hit with more than 4,000 visitors. Appleton staff and volunteers participated at the Senior Life Show April 1-2 at On Top of the World. The event attracted more than 3,000 people. Many attendees took home information on Appleton programs and membership options. More than 700 people attended the Young in Art exhibition reception April 8, which featured artwork by Marion County students. The museum’s Trips ’N’ Tours staff organized a trip in April to the Harn Museum of Art and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens for 52 people. Registration for the museum’s Summer Art Camps and ticket purchase orders for Magical Night at the Museum are rolling in. A summer series of Art 101 and painting and drawing classes for adults has also been scheduled.
■ In CF Foundation news, the foundation hosted more than 100 donors and scholarship recipients at its Donor Luncheon April 19 in the Webber Center. The foundation announced that almost $4.6 million was raised in 2016 while recognizing the people who invest in our students through the foundation. Three endowed scholarships have also been established this year. The foundation has been challenged with a $1.1 million gift to raise the balance of $3.5 million in improvements and construction on the Vintage Farm Campus to house Agribusiness and Equine Studies programs. The deadline is Dec 31, 2017, to have $2.4 million committed to meet the challenge.
■ In Athletics, recruiting is underway for the 2017-2018 Men’s and Women’s Basketball season. Baseball completed the season at 17-33 overall and 7-17 in Mid-Florida Conference play. Softball is ranked fourth in the state, and the Lady Patriots finished the regular season 48-12 overall and 18-6 in the conference. They will play Miami-Dade College in the opening round of the state tournament in Vero Beach April 27. Under the direction of interim head coach Angel Gonzalez, the volleyball team has committed to 12 new players for the 2017-2018 season and will begin preparations over the summer to defend their five straight conference championships.

The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, May 24, at 3 p.m. at the Ocala Campus.