SCF Board Report: April 30, 2013

New Academic Building Approved

(Bradenton, Fla., April 30, 2013) – The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on April 30 gave approval to proceed with the architect and engineer selection process for the construction of a new 36,000-square-foot academic building at SCF Bradenton.

The new building will be located north of the Professional Development Center and will replace outmoded 1960s buildings --the Social Science Building, the former Music Wing and the Faculty Office Building. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2013 and be completed in Summer 2014.

Peg Beck, SCF executive director of human resources, introduced Dr. Jeff Ling, executive vice president of Evergreen Solutions LLC, who presented the results of a compensation study of SCF employees' pay plans and benefits compared to public and private markets. Findings from the study, which was requested by the SCF board, indicated that SCF's current compensation plan is sound and corresponds with best practices but compression issues exist, due in large part to economic conditions. The board asked SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld to work with SCF's administrative team to develop recommendations to be presented to the board at a future meeting.

In official board action, the board approved non-financial and financial consent agenda items and a new college rule to prohibit hazing in compliance with Florida statutes. The board also heard an update from Chris Wellman, director of facilities management, about GCA Service Group scoring as the top-ranked vendor to provide custodial services. The new contract is expected to go to the board's June meeting for approval.

The board recognized the SCF Manatees Basketball team and Head Coach Brock Erickson for their successful season. For the third time in 15 years, the Manatees qualified for the state tournament after claiming the 2013 Suncoast Conference title. SCF Manatees Basketball player Isaiah Williams was named the 2013 Suncoast Conference Player of the Year and six student-athletes were named to the Suncoast All-Conference Team.

Isera Tyson-Miller, SCF language and literature professor, also was recognized for making the difference in the lives of SCF Manatees Basketball players while serving as a faculty mentor on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee.

A special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., May 7, at SCF Lakewood Ranch. The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for May 28 at 5:30 p.m. at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

Dr. Probstfeld with basketball players

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