The Montgomery College Board of Trustees held its 10th and final meeting of the academic year Monday, June 20, 2016.

The trustees adopted a final $260.8 million operating budget and a $67.6 million capital budget for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

This final operating budget represents a 3.7 percent increase ($9.3 million) from the previous year’s budget and a 5.4 percent increase in county and state funding ($8.7 million). This budget continues the process of making strategic investments that enable the College to better meet the needs of students. Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard thanked county and state officials for their support of the College’s budget.

In other business, the trustees presented a scholarship and the Bronze Medallion award to student trustee, Luis D. Rosales. The bronze medallion recognizes distinguished service to Montgomery College.

“Mr. Rosales has been a dedicated trustee—as evidenced by his contributions to this body, his participation in the life of the College, his advocacy efforts this year and his scholarly pursuits,” said Dr. Pollard. Rosales, who was recently awarded a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, will continue his studies at Georgetown University.

The board of trustees also approved a resolution to name a laboratory on the Rockville Campus for Dr. Barbara G. Hoberman, professor emerita. Dr. Hoberman chaired the biology department and helped the College earn several million dollars in federal grants to serve students. She was also the driving force behind the establishment of the biomedical scholars program. The Barbara G. Hoberman Principles of Biology Laboratory will be located in the Science Center at the Rockville Campus.

The board of trustees is the 10-member governing body of Montgomery College. Members are appointed by the governor for a six-year term and include a student member who serves a one-year term. The board meets once a month from September through June.

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 Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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