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Montgomery College Board of Trustees Holds First Meeting of the Academic Year, Swears in Three New Members

The Montgomery College board of trustees held its first meeting of the academic year Monday, September 21 under the leadership of new Chair Marsha Suggs Smith and three new board members. Prior to joining the College’s board, Smith served on the board of directors of the National Education Association. She also worked for more than 30 years at Montgomery County Public Schools.

“I am looking forward to an exciting year at Montgomery College. The entire college community is focused on innovation for the sake of improving student success,” said Smith, who is beginning her seventh year on the board.

Robert J. Hydorn, Robert “Bob” Levey and Montgomery College student Luis Rosales, recently appointed to the College’s board by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, took a ceremonial oath of office with the other members of the board of trustees. Hydorn, Levey and Rosales replace trustees who have completed their terms. Hydorn and Levey will assume the seats previously occupied by Trustees Stephen Z. Kaufman and Reginald M. Felton, and are appointed to terms ending in 2019. Rosales will serve one year as the student trustee. Trustee Felton was honored with a Silver Medallion award and Emeritus status during the meeting.

Agenda items approved by the board included: a continuance of a sole source contract award to Touchnet Commerce Management System; a capital budget fund transfer; acceptance of the Maryland Higher Education Council’s accountability report; and the ratification of the associate degrees and program certificates earned by graduates in summer 2015. The complete agenda of the September 21 Montgomery College Board of Trustees meeting as well as future meeting dates can be found here.

After the president’s report to the board and Ms. Suggs Smith’s chair’s report, a rebranding and website redesign presentation was made by Vice President of Communications Ray Gilmer.

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. Members of the Board of Trustees exercise general oversight for the College and establish policies for operating the College and implementing its mission. The board’s authority also includes setting the salaries and tenure requirements for the College president, faculty, and other employees of the College, as well as establishing entrance requirements, course offerings and tuition rates.

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