MCCC’s Board of Trustees extended the contract of President Quartey for another three years in a 5-1 vote on Monday, Nov. 23.
The dissenting vote was by trustee member William H. Braunlich.
At the end of the meeting, Braunlich announced his resignation, effective immediately, citing the travel required for his position taking away time from home and family, as well as plans to move out of state.
Braunlich became the college’s attorney in 1979 and became a trustee in 2003. His current six-year term was set to expire in 2020.
The Board of Trustees also accepted the resignation of trustee William J. Bacarella Jr., who tendered his resignation via letter effective Nov. 20.
After serving on the board for 37 years, Bacarella was nearing the end of the fifth year of a six-year term, a term that he had indicated would be his last. He served on the board during the tenure of all five presidents in the 51-year history of MCCC, and twice served as board chair.
Following their resignations, Braunlich and Trustee Jim DeVries were both appointed to the Board of Directors of the Foundation at MCCC.
The terms of Quartey’s contract will remain the same for the next three years. A copy of the current contract can be found on the MCCC website via this link: http://www.monroeccc.edu/finance/PresidentialContract_Quartey.pdf.
As Michigan law requires, the board will need to appoint replacement trustees within 30 days of official notice of Braunlich's and Bacarella's resignations. The replacements will serve for one term until the college's next regular election.
The appointments for these vacant seats will expire on Dec. 31, 2016. The next regular election is in November 2016. The Board is inviting residents of Monroe County, Michigan who are 18 years of age or older and otherwise legally qualified to apply to fill the two vacancies.