Cabinet Meeting Minutes May 15, 2023

President’s Cabinet Meeting Minutes
Monday, May 15, 2023
10:00 am – Noon

Meeting Facilitator: Executive Director David Jeruzalmi
Divisional Presenter: Associate Provost Mary Ruth Strzeszewski

  1. Vince Boudreau, President
  2. Doris Cintron, Senior Associate Provost
  3. Alex Couzis, Dean, Grove School of Engineering
  4. Scott Gurba, Chief Operating Officer
  5. Marta Gutman, Dean, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
  6. Ken Ihrer, Chief Information Officer
  7. David Jeruzalmi, Chairman, The Faculty Senate
  8. Felix Lam, Vice President, Finance and Administration
  9. Edwin Lamboy, Dean, School of Education
  10. Tony Liss, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  11. Celia Lloyd, Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  12. Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE & Professional Continuing Studies
  13. Renata Miller, Interim Dean, Division of Humanities and the Arts
  14. Naomi Nwosu-Stewart, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management
  15. Susan Perkins, Dean, Division of Science
  16. Andrew Rich, Dean, The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
  17. Ruth Stark, Chairperson, Faculty Committee on Personnel Matters
  18. Mary Ruth Strzeszewski, Associate Provost and Chair, CCNY Graduate Constituent Council
  19. Vanessa Valdes, Associate Provost for Community Engagement
  20. Rosemarie Wesson, Associate Provost for Research


  1. Teresa Flemming, Executive Associate to the President
  2. Carmen Green, Dean, CUNY School of Medicine
  3. 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
  4. Paul Occhiogrosso, Executive Counsel to the President

Chairman Jeruzalmi opened the meeting at 10:04am and proceeded to the President’s Announcements.

President Boudreau’s announcements were as follows:

  1. This is the last Cabinet meeting until June 12 in order to allow for the navigation of commencement season.
  2. Updates from the CUNY Council of Presidents meeting:
    1. CCNY is on an upward trajectory in enrollment this fiscal year (14.8% total increase, undergraduate 15.3%, graduate 10.9% and transfer 105% as of May 10, 2023).
    2. The executive and legislative budgets have been reconciled and CUNY will release the allocation of the budget sometime in June based on this.
  3. CUNY distributed free passes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to all colleges. A memo will be sent out for distribution to students and staff alike.
  4. Summer Fridays are scheduled to begin on Friday, June 30th and will end on Friday, August 11th. There is a minimum 50% density for working hours during summer months as well, but this is at the discretion of the department.
  5. Investment earnings on Foundation corpus are lower than last year, which means that the allocation to the college is significantly lower than last year. A data pool from COO Gurba is a  part of the Cabinet minutes agenda. It includes items that will be helpful in conversations about retention and the budget.

Dean Edwin Lamboy and Dean Juan Carlos Mercado shared their divisional plan reports for each of their departments. Dean Lamboy’s report was entitled, ‘Growth of Graduate Programs’. Dean Mercado’s report was entitled, ‘Retention, Enrollment and the Future’.

Executive Director of Institutional Research, Nikisha Williams, shared the report on undergraduate fall retention by program in each department. She highlighted key points of interest retained in the same or a different program, and not retained. She will be sending out an adjustable program retention report after the Cabinet meeting so that deans and department chairs can work with their data on their own time. She will also be available via email or zoom to answer any questions that might arise. President Boudreau tasked all deans to review the data in the report and come back with retention soft spots for the June 12 Cabinet meeting. He also pointed out that any identified concerns can be input into the Navigate system for systematic review.

Provost Liss had previously tasked the deans to evaluate the graduate programs in their departments and come back with a report focusing on the following areas:

  1. Strong programs with potential for growth
  2. Programs that are in need of improvement and plans for improvement
  3. Ways of sharing best practices from the strongest programs

Deans Gutman, Miller, Rich and Perkins shared their analyses on their graduate programs as well as needs to be addressed for improvement.

COO Gurba gave some operational updates on space rental, ARCHIBUS and asset life cycles. He will give further updates as the processes advance.

Associate Provost Strzeszewski gave a presentation on her role on the campus, the teams that she is currently a part of and her history at City College thus far.
Starting at the June 12 Cabinet Meeting, fully in-person Cabinet meetings will resume in the President’s Conference Room, A310.

Meeting agenda items were drawn up, the facilitator and presenter for the next meeting were chosen and the meeting was adjourned at 12:11pm.

June 12 Cabinet Meeting Agenda

Facilitator: Dean Juan Carlos Mercado
Presenter: Associate Provost Vanessa Valdes

  1. President’s Announcements (Vince Boudreau)
  2. Divisional Plan Report (Dean Renata Miller)
  3. Possible Baseline Data Pool (Scott Gurba)
    1. Retention
    2. Enrollment
    3. Graduation Rates
    4. Tuition Cash Collections
    5. Budget Tracking
    6. Grants
    7. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  4. Orientation Program (All Cabinet Discussion)
    1. Does the schedule of events for orientation meet student needs?
  5. Retention Reports (All Cabinet Discussion)
  6. Transfer Programs (All Deans)
  7. “Sleeping Dragons” - areas of vulnerability that need to be addressed (Vince Boudreau)
  8. Strategic Plan & Master Plan (All Cabinet Discussion)
  9. 2023 PMP (All Cabinet Discussion)

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