By Matthew Serraty
The Middlesex County College Foundation Board of Trustees elected MCC alumnus, Michael Rofman, to the board at a 4 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Crabiel Hall Brunswick Rooms.
Though Rofman was not at the meeting, all present Board members voted in favor of his election.
Veronica Clinton, director of Development and Alumni Relations, said that Rofman graduated from Kean University after studying accounting at MCC and is currently a partner at Mazars USA.
According to Rofman’s company’s website, “He specializes in auditing, tax and consulting services to family-owned and owner-operated businesses in trucking, warehousing, logistics and heavy-haul businesses.”
All members of the board agreed to hold their position, which was approved.
James Sausmer, treasurer, said, “For fall 2018, $241,000 in scholarships was given to 255 students.”
According to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s website, Governor Phil Murphy launched the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The program will offer free tuition to qualifying community college students.
Michelle Campbell, vice president of Institutional Advancement, said, “We are very happy to be chosen as one of the 11 pilot colleges. I think, as Diane said, there are a fair amount of restrictions around who qualifies and who does not. I think it’s important to realize that this is a pilot for the spring semester only. There is really, at this time, no sustainable funding from the legislature that says this is going to continue, or that it is going to be offered to all of the 19 colleges. That is the goal, but we don’t have confirmation of that yet.”
Campbell said that CCOG doesn’t include things like books, equipment, lab supplies, child care, exam fees and other related expenses.
Interim president, Mark McCormick, said, “We’re all just trying to focus on making sure that college is affordable for our students.”
The Board ended the meeting early due to inclement weather.