Board of Trustee Meeting
261st Meeting of the MMA Board of Trustees
Friday, 06 December 2019
Trustees Connor, Heath, Panchley, Prendergast, Shores, Thomann, Turkington, Wilkinson, Vice Chairwoman Waters, and Chairman Kane
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Ms. Marsha Arroyo (Unit 1 Steward) reported the membership is at 60 members. Two members retired, one resigned, and two new employees were hired.
- No report.
- 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.
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.
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 of Trustees Clerk