Committees

Meeting formally three times per year, the Ithaca College Board of Trustees incorporates the following standing committees, which convene when the board is in session. In addition to serving on at least two committees, trustees also participate in plenary sessions during each meeting.

The chair and vice chair of the board serve as ex officio members of all standing committees, serving on some as full members. The president of the college also serves in an ex officio capacity on all committees with the exception of the Audit Committee and Compensation/Assessment Committee.  Non-trustees who possess particular skills or expertise may be invited to assist standing committees, but do not have voting power.

Please click on a committee name to read a description and list of members. (Please note that the full 2017–2018 committee membership rosters will be posted on this page in August 2017.)

Committees

Audit Committee
David A. Giannotti, chair
Michael A. Battle
Michael J. Conover
Gary J. Gross
Mary George Opperman
G. Gabrielle Starr
Peter R. Taffae
Thomas H. Grape (ex officio)
David H. Lissy (ex officio)

The Audit Committee is charged with recommending to the board each year the independent auditors to be selected by the board to examine the books and records of the College for that year; to determine the planned audit scope with the auditors; to study and review the results of the auditors' examination, including financial statements, opinions, comments and recommendations made by the auditors; to review with administrative officers and the independent auditors, current accounting policies or proposed changes to same; to make a report and recommendation to the board of trustees at the first available meeting after receipt of the auditors' report; to review conflict of interest policies and reported conflicts of interests disclosed in accordance with such policies; and to assess the adequacy of internal controls and provide oversight of the college enterprise risk management system to ensure the college has an effective approach to identifying and managing risk including compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, identifying strategic risks for full board review, and assignment of the oversight of risk mitigation to the appropriate board committees.

Buildings and Grounds Committee
Douglas M. Weisman (chair)
Sybil Conrad
Mark N. Dicker
David Fleisher II
Thaddeus J. Fortin
David A. Giannotti
Gary J. Gross
Peter R. Taffae
Jerry Dietz*
Phil Proujasky*
Shirley M. Collado (ex officio)
Thomas H. Grape (ex officio)
David H. Lissy (ex officio)

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is charged with the general oversight of the buildings, grounds, and campus environment of the college; land and property acquisitions, new construction, and alterations and repairs of buildings and equipment; and making appropriate recommendations to the board regarding the same.

Compensation/Assessment Committee
Mary George Opperman chair
David J. Bachrach
Michael A. Battle
David Fleisher II
Kristin R. Muenzen
James W. Nolan Jr.
Lisa B. Puntillo
Thomas H. Grape (ex officio)
David H. Lissy (ex officio)

The Compensation/Assessment Committee shall be charged with assisting the board of trustees in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities with regard to establishing an effective compensation policy and plan, the assessment of the president, and establishing the compensation and benefits of the president for recommendation to the Executive Committee and ultimately to the full board for final approval. The committee shall also exercise oversight of the president, who has responsibility for implementing the compensation policy and plan for the senior officers and deans. The Compensation/Assessment Committee shall be appointed by the board chair and shall be composed of at least three members of the board of trustees.

Educational Affairs Committee
David J. Bachrach and G. Gabrielle Starr, co-chairs
Julie A. Dorsey
Elijah T. Greene
Charles R. Hack
Lisa B. Puntillo
Jeffrey J. Selingo
James E. Taylor
Shirley M. Collado (ex officio)
Thomas H. Grape (ex officio)
David H. Lissy (ex officio)

The Educational Affairs Committee shall be charged with recommending to the board action on major curricular and educational policy issues, and on faculty personnel policies. The committee shall review the long-term analyses of retention and graduation rates. The committee shall also recommend to the board candidates for degrees, tenure, promotion, emeritus/a status, and honorary degrees in accordance with college procedures and upon recommendation of the president.

Enrollment and Communications Committee
Thaddeus J. Fortin, and Kristin R. Muenzen co-chairs
David J. Bachrach
Sybil Conrad
Mark N. Dicker
Julie A. Dorsey
Jeffrey J. Selingo
James E. Taylor
Douglas M. Weisman
Shirley M. Collado (ex officio)
Thomas H. Grape (ex officio)
David H. Lissy (ex officio)

The Enrollment and Communications Committee is charged with reviewing the college's enrollment, financial aid, and communications and marketing strategies. The committee also reviews the long-term analysis of enrollment trends and the market forces impacting the recruitment of domestic, international, and graduate students.

Executive Committee
Thomas H. Grape, chair
The Executive Committee shall, on matters of urgency, act between the meetings of the board of trustees and shall exercise all the powers of the board consistent with the acts and resolutions of the board itself and insofar as they do not affect fixed duties of any other standing committee, and it shall report to the full board of trustees all of its official actions. The Executive Committee is composed of the board chair, vice chair, chairs of standing committees, the previous board chair (if he or she is still serving as a current trustee), and the president as an ex officio member.

Finance Committee
Michael J. Conover, chair
The Finance Committee is charged with reviewing the college's external financings. It reviews the proposed annual operating budget, and recommends approval, revision, or rejection to the board of trustees. It also reviews and establishes, on a periodic basis, appropriate levels of compensation and benefits for the officers, staff, and faculty of the college.

Governance Committee
James W. Nolan Jr., chair
The Governance Committee is charged with the overarching responsibility of identifying, monitoring, and customizing best practices in governance of the board and the institution; monitoring of board composition to ensure that the membership and leadership of the board consist of highly qualified and committed individuals; ensuring that regular programs for new trustee orientation and in-service education for current trustees are maintained; and developing and managing a process by which the board and individual trustees shall assess its performance on an ongoing basis. It serves as the agent of the board in reviewing the performance of incumbent trustees and board officers who are eligible for reelection, develops a succession planning strategy and assembles a list of qualified candidates for nomination to the board and board leadership, considers cultivation strategies for promising trustee candidates, develops programs that continue the commitment of former trustees, and proposes and periodically reviews the adequacy of the statement of trustee commitment and responsibilities as adopted by the board.

Institutional Advancement/Campaign Committee
David H. Lissy, chair
The Institutional Advancement/Campaign Committee is charged with the review of the college's advancement and external relations programs, and ensures achievement of our ambitious goals around engagement and philanthropy through wisdom and action.

Investment Committee
David Fleisher II, chair
Jack H. Dembow
Elijah T. Greene
Charles R. Hack
William J. Nelligan III
James W. Nolan Jr.
David Sass (H)
Lisa B. Puntillo
Shirley M. Collado (ex officio)
Thomas H. Grape (ex officio)
David H. Lissy (ex officio)

The Investment Committee is charged with the development, implementation, and review of a college investment policy. The committee may recommend to the board the retention of such counsel, as it deems appropriate, to assist the college in the matter of its investments. Establishment of and changes in the college investment policy shall be approved by the board of trustees or by the Executive Committee.


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