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Board Committees

The following is a list of committees of the Board.  Click the + symbol to open the committee description and membership listing.

Committee Descriptions & Membership

Academic Affairs Committee

Members:

  • Dr. Mary Lou Mitchell, SSJ, Chair
  • Jackie Aab
  • Jane Glazer
  • Warren Hern
  • Dr. Elizabeth McAnarney
  • Anne Sevier Buckingham, Trustee Emeritus
  • Dr. Sara Varhus, administrative advisor
  • Dr. Joseph DaBoll-Lavoie, non-trustee member
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a college committee and shall consist of no fewer than three (3) members of the Board. It shall be responsible generally for the academic affairs of the College, ensuring that degree or certificate programs are consistent with the mission, distinctive or appropriately competitive, economically sustainable, and in keeping with its strategic intentions. The Committee shall serve as a board of review and recommendation concerning the addition or deletion of degree or certificate programs, carrying such proposals forward for consideration and possible action by the Board of Trustees. The Committee shall also consider and carry forward recommendations concerning the awarding of tenure to faculty. The Committee shall oversee processes of accreditation and re-accreditation for the various divisions/departments of the College and consequent programs designed to address opportunities or problems identified in such processes. The Vice President for Academic Affairs or, with the approval of the President of the College, his or her designee, shall serve as administrative advisor to the Committee.

Audit Committee

Members:

  • David Vigren, Chair
  • Emil Duda
  • Frank York
  • Patrick Richey, Administrative Advisor
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Buildings & Grounds Committee

Members:

  • Timothy Fournier, Chair
  • Andy Gallina
  • Robert Morgan
  • Stephen D. Natapow
  • Larry Peckham
  • Richard Pierpont
  • Thomas C. Wilmot
  • Patrick Richey, administrative advisor
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a college committee and shall consist of no fewer than three (3) members of the Board. It shall generally supervise the planning and erection of new buildings, the major repair, alteration and maintenance of buildings, and the upkeep and improvement of grounds. It shall deal with all projects for the location, construction and architectural improvement of College buildings, and shall advise the Board of Trustees as to the merits of various plans. The Vice President for Finance shall serve as the administrative advisor to the Committee.

Executive Committee

Members:

  • Sergio Esteban, Chair
  • James Costanza, Vice Chair
  • Daan Braveman
  • Timothy Fournier
  • Judy Linehan
  • Kim McCluski
  • Stephen D. Natapow
  • David Vigren
  • Frank York
  • Patricia Genthner, administrative advisor

Responsibilities: There shall be an Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, which shall be comprised of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, the President of the College, and no fewer than two (2) and no more than four (4) Trustees elected by the Board of Trustees. The elected members of the Executive Committee shall serve for a term of one (1) year and until their successors are elected and qualified. The election of members of the Executive Committee shall be held each year at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees after the election of Trustees.

Vacancies: In the event of a vacancy occurring in the Executive Committee which is not to be filled as provided in Section 1 of this Article III, the Board of Trustees shall fill such vacancy for the unexpired term.

Powers of Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall have the power of the Board of Trustees and may act when the Board is not in session, and may exercise all the powers of the Board in all matters which in the judgment of the Executive Committee should not be delayed until the next meeting of the Board. However, the Executive Committee shall not have the power to: grant degrees; elect or remove from office any Trustee, the President or any officers of the Board; or amend, alter or repeal these Bylaws. As to matters which by these Bylaws are under the direction of any standing committee of the Board, the Executive Committee, when acting, shall give due consideration to the recommendation of that committee. The Executive Committee shall make a formal report of its actions, if any, to the Board at its next regular meeting.

Regular Meetings: Regular meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held on such days and at such hours as the Board or the Executive Committee may by resolution fix and determine. Notice of the meeting, stating the time and place thereof, shall be given of any regular meeting of the Committee to each member of the Committee at the member's designated postal and/or electronic mail address, or sent by facsimile transmission to the member's fax number designated by the member for such purpose, at least five (5) days before the meeting, or two (2) days before the meeting if given by telephone.

Special Meetings: Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called at any time by the chair of the Committee, the vice chair of the Committee, or by the President of the College. Notice of each special meeting of the Committee, stating the time and place thereof, shall be given to each member of the Committee at the member's designated postal and/or electronic mail address, or sent by facsimile transmission to the member's fax number designated by the member for such purpose, at least two (2) days before the meeting, or one (1) day before the meeting if given by telephone.

Quorum: At each meeting of the Executive Committee, a majority of the whole Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the affirmative vote of a majority of the whole Committee shall be required to decide any question that comes before the meeting, unless otherwise limited by these Bylaws.

Chair/Vice Chair: The Vice Chair of the Board shall serve as the chair of the Executive Committee. The Chair of the Board shall serve as the vice chair of the Executive Committee.

Finance Committee

Members:

  • Emil Duda, Chair
  • Stephen Brown
  • John Drain
  • Warren Hern
  • Mitch Nusbaum
  • James Sessler
  • Keith Wilson
  • Frank York
  • Patrick Richey, administrative advisor
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a standing committee and shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members of the Board. The Finance Committee has the basic responsibility for all financial affairs of the College. This responsibility is discharged by formulating general policy regarding fiscal affairs and delegating the task of implementing such policy. The Finance Committee will from time to time establish procedures for reporting fiscal affairs and will make periodic reviews.

The Finance Committee shall have the power to appoint a certified public accountant or accountants who shall audit the accounts of the Treasurer, verify the accountant's statements, examine the securities of the College, and report to the Committee at least once in each year. That report, together with the Treasurer's report, shall be presented by the Committee to the Board of Trustees at the next meeting of the Board.

The Committee shall have the power to accept formally, on behalf of the College, gifts, bequests and devises, pass all appropriate resolutions regarding the same, and authorize the execution by the College officer or officers, on behalf of the College, of any receipts, releases and other instruments that may be necessary or proper in connection therewith, reporting thereon to the Board of Trustees at its next meeting. All requests involving the expenditures of moneys of the College not included in the budget shall be submitted to the Finance Committee for approval.

The Vice President for Finance shall serve as the administrative advisor to the Finance Committee. The Chair of the Finance Committee shall be an ex-officio member of the Investment Committee, and the Chair of the Investment Committee shall be an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee.

Institutional Advancement Committee

Members:

  • Jane Glazer, Chair
  • Susan Acker
  • Jack Allocco
  • Stephen Brown
  • Jeff Burke
  • Brian Hickey
  • Richard Kaplan
  • David Metz, trustee emeritus
  • Dr. Cynthia Reddeck-LiDestri
  • Stephen Natapow
  • Keith Wilson
  • Kelly Gagan, administrative advisor
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a college committee and shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members of the Board. It shall be responsible generally for the fund raising programs and activities of the College, participating as appropriate in the identification of prospects and the solicitation of gifts in cash, in kind or by means of estate planning, to the Annual Fund, for restricted purposes or to capital campaigns which may be authorized by the Board of Trustees. It shall assess the effectiveness of the development effort relative to annual or longer term goals and in comparison with prior results, as well as results produced by like institutions. Also, the Committee shall ensure that College fund raising programs are consistent with the College mission and supportive of its operating plans and its strategic intentions. On the recommendation of the chair of the Committee and with the approval of the Chair of the Board, the Committee may add to its membership any number of non-Trustees who can contribute to the exercise of its responsibilities. The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will serve as administrative advisor to the Committee. It is anticipated that the Committee may invite the Director of Development to attend regularly the meetings of the Committee.

Investment Committee

Members:

  • James Sessler, Chair
  • Stephen Brown
  • Judy Linehan
  • Robert Morgan
  • Thomas C. Wilmot
  • William O'Connor, non-trustee member
  • Douglas Phillips, non-trustee member
  • Patrick Richey, administrative advisor
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a college committee and shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members of the Board. The Committee shall have power by resolution or otherwise to issue directions for the purchase, sale, exchange, transfer and/or delivery of any monies, stocks, bonds, mineral rights, royalty properties or other securities belonging to the College. All transfers or assignments of registered bonds or debentures and of shares of capital stock and of rights or warrants to subscribe for capital stock or other securities standing in the name of the College and transacted within a College account (or transferred to an account in the name of the College and which account was authorized by the Board of Trustees) shall be executed in the name of the College by any one of the following: the President of the College; the Vice President for Finance; the Treasurer; the chair of the Investment Committee; or the chair of the Finance Committee. Any one of the above-named persons is hereby authorized to execute such transfers or assignments in the name of and on behalf of the College in such proper form as may be required to transfer or assign the same and, if necessary, to affix the corporate seal of the College to such transfers or assignments.

If a transfer or assignment of such securities involves moving such securities outside of the College account holding the monies or securities to other than an account authorized as described above, two (instead of one) of the above named persons must execute such transfers or assignments. Any two of the above named persons in Section 9 herein are authorized to execute such transfers or assignments in the name of and on behalf of the College in such proper form as may be required to transfer or assign the same and, if necessary, to affix the corporate seal of the College to such transfers or assignments.

Any transfer or assignment of securities, mineral rights and royalty properties executed as aforesaid shall be conclusive evidence that the transfer or assignment and the delivery are made by authority of the Investment Committee.

The Committee shall be responsible for making all decisions relating to the investment, management and expenditure of the Endowment and Special Funds referred to in Article IX of these Bylaws.

The Vice President for Finance shall serve as the administrative advisor to the Investment Committee. The chair of the Finance Committee shall be an ex-officio member of the Investment Committee, and the chair of the Investment Committee shall be an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee.

Student Enrollment Committee

Members:

  • Bridgette Hobart, Chair
  • Jack Allocco
  • Jeff Burke
  • John Drain
  • Emil Duda
  • Richard Kaplan
  • Kim McCluski
  • Mitch Nusbaum
  • Rich Pierpont
  • Frank York
  • Ian Mortimer, administrative advisor
  • Samantha Veeder, staff advisor
  • Kate Philbin
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a college committee and shall consist of no fewer than four (4) members of the Board. The Committee will review, evaluate and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on matters pertaining to the recruitment of new students. Such matters may include, but not be limited to, financial aid, tuition levels, tuition discounting, fees, marketing, retention, and the development of new programs. The Committee will also seek to assist in promoting the mission of the College while attracting students committed to its academic requirements and full range of activities offered. The Vice President for Enrollment Management and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies shall serve as the administrative advisors to the Committee.

Trustees Student Life Committee

Members:

  • Jackie Aab, Chair
  • Anne Sevier Buckingham, trustee emeritus
  • Bridgette Hobart
  • Laurie Leo
  • Kim McCluski
  • Dr. Mary Louise Mitchell, SSJ
  • Pete Bothner, Director of Athletics
  • Jane Kelly, Director of Student Activities
  • Kevin Worthen, administrative advisor
  • James Costanza, ex officio
  • Sergio Esteban, ex officio
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a college committee and shall consist of no fewer than three (3) members of the Board and no fewer than three (3) representatives of student leadership (including the President of the Undergraduate Association), as identified by the Vice President for Student Development, who shall serve as administrative advisor to the Committee. It shall be responsible generally for the welfare and satisfaction of Nazareth students with reference to residential, recreational, and social programs and facilities that contribute to student enrollment and retention, including athletic programs and facilities. It is anticipated that the Committee may invite the Director of Student Activities and the Director of Athletics to regularly attend the meetings of the Committee.

Trusteeship Committee

Members:

  • Kim McCluski, Chair
  • James Costanza, Vice Chair
  • Sergio Esteban
  • Andrew Gallina
  • Jane Glazer
  • Brian Hickey
  • Judy Linehan
  • David Vigren
  • Kelly Gagan, administrative advisor
  • Patricia Genthner, administrative advisor
  • Cathleen Stevens, staff support
  • Daan Braveman, ex officio

Responsibilities: This Committee is a standing committee and shall consist of no fewer than five (5) members of the Board. The Committee will have year-round responsibilities for assessing and responding to the needs of the Board in identifying, screening, recruiting and orienting new Trustees. In addition, the Committee shall be responsible for continuing Board educational activities. The chair of the Committee on Trusteeship and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees shall be responsible for the evaluation of the performance of current Trustees, and they shall consult with the President of the College in discharging this responsibility. The Committee shall nominate persons to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee, and nominate persons to succeed members of the Board and the Executive Committee whose terms of office expire. The Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees shall serve as vice chair of the Committee, and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement shall serve as the administrative advisor to the Committee.

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