Cabinet Meeting Minutes April 3, 2023

President’s Cabinet Meeting
Monday, April 3, 2023
10:00 am – Noon

Meeting Facilitator: Dean Andy Rich
Divisional Presenter: Dean Marta Gutman

  1. Doris Cintron, Senior Associate Provost
  2. Alex Couzis, Dean, Grove School of Engineering
  3. Marta Gutman, Dean, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
  4. Ken Ihrer, Vice President of Operations and Coronavirus Coordinator
  5. David Jeruzalmi, Chairman, The Faculty Senate
  6. Edwin Lamboy, Dean, School of Education
  7. Tony Liss, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  8. Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE & Professional Continuing Studies
  9. Renata Miller, Interim Dean, Division of Humanities and the Arts
  10. Dee Dee Mozeleski, Senior Advisor to the President and VP & Executive Director, Office of Institutional Advancement, Communications and External Relations and The Foundation for City College
  11. Paul Occhiogrosso, Executive Counsel to the President
  12. Susan Perkins, Dean, Division of Science
  13. Andrew Rich, Dean, The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
  14. Ruth Stark, Chairperson, Faculty Committee on Personnel Matters
  15. Mary Ruth Strzeszewski, Associate Provost and Chair, CCNY Graduate Constituent Council
  16. Vanessa Valdes, Associate Provost for Community Engagement
  17. Rosemarie Wesson, Associate Provost for Research


  1. Teresa Flemming, Executive Associate to the President
  2. Carmen Green, Dean, CUNY School of Medicine
  3. Felix Lam, Vice President, Finance and Administration
  4. Celia Lloyd, Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Associate Provost Valdes moved to approve the minutes of the March 20th Cabinet meeting, and this motion was seconded by Dean Miller. The motion carried.

President Boudreau gave his announcements, focusing on the budget and retention. He expressed his hopes that everyone would be able to come out of the meeting with a working plan to move forward regarding these pivotal topics.

Vice President Mozeleski and Anthony Achille received feedback from all deans on the commencement cost outlines that they had previously shared, and consolidated their plans for divisional commencements in order to create a unified budget for all events from orientation to commencements. This budget will be shared at the June 12 Cabinet meeting, and a conversation will be had about future operational logistics for convocation, orientation and graduation. If any deans have additional priority questions, these can be shared with Anthony Achille, either via email or through their representative at the next divisional commencement meeting, which will take place on April 18.

President Boudreau stated that the priorities for the college budget should be both procedural and substantive. He stated the importance of thinking about return on investment, which would include both financial and reputational returns.

The bulk of the conversation focused on student retention and possible strategies each division can adopt to ensure that all aspects of their classes and programs are geared towards retaining students. To this end, all the deans have agreed to work on division specific retention plans which will include Navigate utilization, advising and the expansion of asynchronous education. At the suggestion of COO Gurba, the key points to be expanded on are:

    • Department-specific programming that can boost the college financially and reputationally
    • Resources needed to fully launch these programs
    • The probability of success of each program
    • The timeframe needed to launch each program

Dean Rich and Dean Couzis will kick off this conversation, and speak on the Colin Powell School and the Engineering Department respectively at the May 1 Cabinet meeting. The Provost’s office will also put together the retention data for each division and have a full report ready by the April 17 Cabinet meeting.

Assistant Vice President Nwosu-Stewart gave a brief update on the initiative to encourage undeclared students to declare a major/s. The Gateway Academic Center will host Academic Awareness Workshops, providing an opportunity for undeclared students to explore the various programs of study each school/division offers and to receive assistance with declaring their major/s. The workshop sessions will be held via Zoom from 12:30pm-1:30pm on the following dates :

Tuesday, April 18th  

Division of Science

Thursday, April 20th

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership-

Friday, April 21st

The Grove School of Engineering

Tuesday, April 25th

School of Education

Thursday, April 27th

The Bernard and Spitzer School of Architecture

Thursday, May 4th

Division of The Humanities and the Arts

Thursday, May 11th

Center for Worker Education (CWE)- Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Every dean is to share with AVP Nwosu-Stewart their point person for the Gateway course to Navigate as soon as they are able. AVP Nwosu-Stewart also highlighted the CUNY Reconnect program which advertises enrollment in all CUNY schools across the city. She asked that anyone with programs that they would like included in this program be sent over to her.

Provost Liss shared that the college is on track to reach their savings goals with regard to adjunct spending for the 2024 fiscal year.

The deans met to discuss first year course building. The Colin Powell School and the Spitzer School of Architecture will have first year classes launched for Fall 2023. The remaining deans will send pilot plans to Associate Provost Cintron as soon as their first year courses are completed for assessment.

The agenda for the April 17 Cabinet meeting was set and the meeting was adjourned at 12:02pm.

April 17 Cabinet Meeting Agenda

Facilitator: Associate Provost Rosemarie Wesson
Presenter: Dean Marta Gutman

  1. Spritzer School Presentation - 10 minutes (Marta Gutman)
  2. Action plan around transfer student retention and guidance - 40 minutes (All Cabinet Discussion)
  3. Revenue plan for Workforce Development - 30 minutes (Scott Gurba)
  4. Potential revenue plan for retention - 20 minutes (Tony Liss)
  5. Revenue generation for graduate programs - 15 minutes (Deans)
    1. The relationship between student interest and the programs currently being offered
  6. Agenda items for 5/1 Cabinet meeting - 5 minutes
    1. Selection of Presenter/Facilitator

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