Board of Trustee Meeting

261st Meeting of the MMA Board of Trustees  

 

Friday, 06 December 2019  

PRESENT

Trustees Connor, Heath, Panchley, Prendergast, Shores, Thomann, Turkington,  Wilkinson, Vice Chairwoman Waters, and Chairman Kane  

 

ABSENT 

Trustee Chalas  

 

CALL TO ORDER 

Chairman Kane called the meeting to order at 0900 in accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting  Laws. The meeting meets a physical quorum.  

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES  

Chairman Kane requested a motion to approve the Board of Trustees’ minutes from 20  September 2019 as written. Trustee Wilkinson motioned to approve the Board of Trustees  minutes from 20 September 2019 as written, seconded, MOVED unanimously.  
 

CHAIRMAN’S OPENING STATEMENT 

Chairman Kane requested Trustees Panchley and Thomann to update trustees regarding the “on boarding” of new trustees process. The “onboarding” is in the early stages.  

Vice Chairlady Waters presented a slide show of their visit to China. She and Cecilia (exchange  student) recapped the wonderful trip and the role RADM McDonald had at the Maritime Conference,  celebrated a ten-year relationship with Shanghai Maritime Academy, and the naming ceremony of the  Foremost Company’s new ship Hong-May. The trip was a huge success with powerful relationships.  

Chairman Kane and Trustee Wilkinson reported on their meeting with Commissioner Santiago and all  the wonderful advances the Academy is making with our cadets.  

 

REPORTS FROM CAMPUS CONSTITUENTS  

Regimental Commander  

  • 1/C Nathan Moreira, Regimental Commander was unable to attend the meeting. A brief report was  distributed.  

Student Government Association  

  • 1/C Cadet Collin Stephenson, SGA President reported the SGA is hosting weakly events such as Trivia,  Bingo, Game Nights, and Movie Nights. The student lounges will be receiving a face-lift during the  winter intercession and the SGA is planning their spring events.  

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  

  • RADM Francis X. McDonald, President reported the shipyard for The National Security Multi-Mission  Vessel (NSMV) has not been named to date. This could delay the start of the construction. At the state  level, financial aid has increased for state universities, increase in endowment program funding, increase for campus security and safety programs. There is no movement on the Schooner Ernestina Morrissey in  the legislation.  
  • T. S. Kennedy is getting ready for Sea Term 2020, the Academy has acquired land for parking, and the  major capital projects request to DCAMM is due this month. The first CONNECT Legislative Award  night was a success at Bridgewater State University. Thanks to Human Resources the Academy holiday  party was a huge success with plenty of toys for “Toys for Tots.”  
  • RADM McDonald wanted to recognize four employees who are retiring and have over a decade of service  to the Academy: CAPT Craig Dalton, Mr. Lanre Owojori, Mr. Kristopher Ryan, and Mr. Paul O’Keefe. 

 

STRATEGIC INFORMATION REPORTS 

Student Life Committee Report  

  • Committee Chairman Prendergast reported all is in good order. CAPT Rozak, Vice President of Student  Services reported the Common Application has been launched and is successful. Thank you to both  Technology Services and Enrollment departments.  
  • Open ship is scheduled for 15 February 2020 in Tampa, FL.  
  • The cadets have fundraised all semester and have finished shopping for ten families for DCF and will be  dropping those gifts off next week to Children’s Cove.  

Facilities & Finance Committee Report  

  • Committee Chairman Connor requested a motion to approve Facilities & Finance-FY20-01  (Amended), authorizes the President to enter into an agreement with the Massachusetts State  College Building Authority (MSCBA) to rebuild the Beachmoor property for a total project cost  not to exceed Sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars. Funding for the project shall not  exceed Three Million Dollars from the Academy reserves and not exceed Fifteen Million Dollars to  be borrowed via the MSCBA. Trustee Wilkinson motioned to approve Facilities & Finance-FY20- 01 (Amended) authorizes the President to enter into an agreement with the Massachusetts State  College Building Authority (MSCBA) to rebuild the Beachmoor property for a total project cost  not to exceed Sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars. Funding for the project shall not  exceed Three Million Dollars from the Academy reserves and not exceed Fifteen Million Dollars to  be borrowed via the MSCBA, seconded, MOVE unanimously.  
  • Mr. Paul O’Keefe briefed the board on the changes in funding since September by modifying the  foundation due to the flood zone, adding an emergency generator, and removal of hazardous materials.  The first floor will be built for wet construction and breakaway walls rather than raise building 17’ at the  cost of $1,000,000.  
  • Mr. O’Keefe thanked his staff and administration for a wonderful lifetime here at Massachusetts  Maritime Academy. Mr. O’Keefe will be retiring on 01 February 2020. 
  • Committee Chairman Connor requested a motion to approve Facilities & Finance-FY20-02, to  approve the submission of the New/Renovated Science Labs building project, the Priority Capital  Project of the Academy, for FY21 state approval and funding as required by the DCAMM Major  Project Capital Request process. Further, the Academy commits Ten Million Dollars  ($10,000,000) of Reserve Funds to fund this project in partnership with DCAMM. Estimated total  project cost is Twenty-Eight Million Dollars (28,000,000). Trustee Panchley motioned to approve  Facilities & Finance-FY20-02, to approve the submission of the New/Renovated Science Labs  building project, the Priority Capital Project of the Academy, for FY21 state approval and  funding as required by the DCAMM Major Project Capital Request process. Further, the  Academy commits Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) of Reserve Funds to fund this project in  partnership with DCAMM. Estimated total project cost is Twenty-Eight Million Dollars  (28,000,000), seconded, MOVED unanimously. 

Marine Operations Committee Report  

  • Committee Chairwoman Chalas was absent. CAPT Brigid Pavilonis, Vice President of Academic  Affairs reported the crew is ready for Sea Term 2020. The ship will be going straight to dry dock once it  returns to Buzzards Bay. The shipyard location has not been determined at this time.  

Education Committee Report  

  • Trustee Turkington remarked on the amazing achievement with enrollment continuing to increase and  how MMA is the only provider for the off-shore industry training on the east coast.  

Audit & Governance Committee Report  

  • Committee Chairman Wilkinson reported the Academy audit was clean and thanked the Finance  Division for their due diligence.  

 

REPORTS FROM CAMPUS CONSTITUENTS 

MMA Parents Association  

  • None.  

MMA Foundation  

  • Trustee Wilkinson reported the MMA Foundation is status quo. RADM McDonald reported they  received a $1,000,000 grant for scholarships.  

MMA Alumni Association  

  • Trustee Prendergast reported the November/December Bulletin is published featuring alumnus of the  year John Gallagher. The 31st CAPT Al Wilson Golf Tournament was a huge success raising over $100,000 since its inception in 2013. The Bruins outing is scheduled for March and the MMAAA  donated $23,000 for nine cadet sea term scholarships.  

AFSCME  

  • Ms. Marsha Arroyo (Unit 1 Steward) reported the membership is at 60 members. Two members retired,  one resigned, and two new employees were hired. 

APA  

  • No report.  

MSCA  

  • CAPT James Fitzpatrick reported the faculty are happy with their contract and have already started the  process of cleaning up some language for the next contract. The morale is good.  

 

PUBLIC COMMENT  

Mr. Jeffrey Hagopian ’88 spoke regarding a letter previously sent to the Board of Trustees. He reported  accidents happen due to corporate culture not putting safety first. He asked the Board to look at if  retaliation and lack of safety fit in line with the mission of the Academy. He thanked the Board for the  opportunity to speak with them.  

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS  

None.  

 

NEW BUSINESS  

None.  

 

ADJOURNMENT 

Chairman Kane requested a motion to adjourn the Board of Trustees open meeting at 1031.  Trustee Wilkinson motioned to adjourn the Board of Trustees open meeting at 1031 seconded,  MOVED unanimously.  

The 06 December 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting adjourned at 1031.  

James F. Kane 
Board  Chairman 

Colleen Ruggeri  
Board of Trustees Clerk