Update from the Board of Trustees
October 28, 2020

Not everyone has time to attend meetings of the Board of Trustees.  To help you keep up with events, here are some highlights from the board meeting of Tuesday, October 27, 2020 via Zoom.

  • Review of presidential search process with the goal of selecting final candidates for campus visits by March 15, 2021. Opportunities for campus input include referral of qualified applicants, input into a leadership statement and in person meetings with finalists.  Comments and queries may be sent to PresidentialSearch@ncf.edu  The first meeting of the Search Committee is Tuesday November 3, 2020 at 5pm via Zoom.  All are welcome to attend.  Meeting materials and other information available at https://www.ncf.edu/presidentialsearch/
  • Report from Dr. Damon Wade, Dean of Enrollment, on action steps implemented to achieve enrollment of 250 for incoming fall class of 2021 (2020 Actual 191).
  • Presentations on policing and campus climate with a request to President O’Shea to plan a campus collaboration to develop recommendations to the Board of Trustees by April 2021.
  • Update on the government relations effort to advance the New College mission including the release of a “More than a Number” video campaign of alumni and student testimonials, a social media tool kit https://www.ncf.edu/news/toolkit/#.X5lVKIhKguU and a friends advocacy page https://newcollegefriends.org/   All are encouraged to engage their social media accounts to promote the New College brand.  Legislative session begins in March 2021.
  • Referral of a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Statement to campus communities for advice and counsel toward adoption by the Board of Trustees.
  • A Report from Dwayne Peterson from the Career Engagement and Opportunity Office (CEO) on student success. A joint effort by the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association is sponsoring campus, alumni and community involvement in the CEO mentor network.  Interested mentors are encouraged to sign up at ncf.wisr.io/signup
  • Approval of Cost of Living raises under Faculty Union and AFSCME agreements. Trustees expressed appreciation for the dedication of faculty and staff in meeting the challenges of the pandemic and achieving $4 million in performance funding.

For those who wish to take a deeper dive, meeting materials are available at https://www.ncf.edu/about/leadership-and-governance/board-of-trustees/ The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 3:00 pm Monday December 7, 2020 via Zoom.

Kind Regards


Mary Ruiz, Chair
New College Board of Trustees