Board of Trustees

The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Board of Trustees is composed of area residents appointed to the board by the governor of Massachusetts. Some major board functions include reviewing and approving the college's programs and policies, various faculty and staff appointments, and tuition and fees not mandated by the state.

  • Members

    Board Member and Term


    Julia Bowen
    2017-2021 | 2021-2026

    Executive Committee, Chair
    Student Success Committee, ex-officio
    Finance and Audit Committee, ex-officio
    Governance Committee, ex-officio

    Melissa Myers
    Vice Chair | Elected Alumni Representative

    Student Success Committee, Chair
    Executive Committee

    Gloria De Souza
    Student Trustee

    Student Success Committee

    Jason Cuyler

    Student Success Committee

    Danielle Gonzalez

    Governance Committee, Chair
    Executive Committee

    Lorelei Kiely
    2017-2022 | 2022-2027

    Foundation Board
    Governance Committee

    Peter Mirante
    2015-2020 | 2020-2025

    Finance and Audit Committee, Chair
    Executive Committee

    Chip Moore

    Finance and Audit Committee

    Catheryn Chacon Ortega
    Appointed Alumni Representative

    Finance and Audit Committee
    Governance Committee

    Jennifer Vrabel

    Student Success Committee

    Carlo Zaffanella
    2017-2021 | 2021-2026

    Executive Committee

    Ellen Kennedy
    President, Berkshire Community College

    The President of the College is an ex-officio member of each standing committee

  • Agenda

    BCC - SBA - G-12

    Tuesday, September 5, 2023
    4:30 pm

    Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting 
    October 24, 2023

    BCC Trustee Board Meeting -  Sept 5, 2023

    1. Call to Order & Welcome
    2. Approval of Minutes
      1. June 12, 2023  Regular Board of Trustees Meeting
    3. President's Report
      1. Enrollment Update
      2. MassReconnect
      3. Strategic Plan FOIC FY2024
      4. NECHE
    4. Foundation Board Trustee Report
    5. Student Trustee Report
    6. Alumni Trustee Report
    7. Subcommittee Reports
      1. Finance & Audit
      2. Student Success
      3. Governance and Nominating 
      4. Executive
    8. Administrative Actions
      1. Personnel Actions
        1. New Hire Bios
    9. Other Business
      1. Old 
      2. New 
    10. Adjournment

    posted: 8/30/2023 at 2:00pm

  • Bylaws


    The College shall be governed by a Board of Trustees ("Board") and a chief executive officer ("President") selected by the Board of Trustees with the approval of the Board of Higher Education. The principal place of operation for the Board and the President shall be at the campus on West Street in the City of Pittsfield, County of Berkshire, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



    Section 1. Composition

    1. The composition, functions, responsibilities, duties, powers, and authorities of the Board of Trustees shall be as provided by the General Laws of Massachusetts and such Acts of the General Court of Massachusetts as are in effect from time to time.
    2. The Board of Trustees shall consist of eleven (11) members, ten (10) of which shall be appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including one (1) of whom shall be an alumnus of the College; and one (1) of whom shall be elected thereto by the Alumni Association. One member of the Board shall be a full-time undergraduate student. The student member shall be elected by the student body annually no later than May 15.
    3. Trustees appointed by the Governor shall normally serve for five year terms, and shall be staggered in their appointment. Trustees may be appointed for two consecutive terms.
    4. A Student Trustee's term commences on July 1 following their election and terminates on June 30 of the following year.

    Section 2. Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Adopt and periodically review a College Mission Statement, in collaboration with the Board of Higher Education, which clarifies the basic educational goals and responsibilities of the College to the community it serves.
    2. Consult with the President to formulate policies on matters relating to long-range planning for the College.
    3. Consult with the President to formulate policies on matters relating to the College's organizational structure.
    4. Consult with the President and take action on academic and programmatic initiatives. Review existing academic programs and policies and consider recommendations for new or expanded programs or elimination of programs.
    5. Receive and approve all monthly/quarterly fiscal reports and engage an annual audit of the finances of the College.
    6. Cause to be prepared and submitted to the Board of Higher Education estimates of maintenance, capital outlay budgets and proposed real property acquisition.
    7. Upon recommendation of the President and approval of the Board, the President may expend funds within the various College Trust Funds, and transfer and expend funds among and within subsidiary account as allocated to the College through the budgetary appropriation process.
    8. Establish all fees and establish Continuing Education tuition at the College, upon recommendation of the President and approval of the Board by a roll-call vote.
    9. Annually evaluate the performance of the President and make appropriate recommendations regarding the President's appointment and compensation to the Board of Higher Education.
    10. Delegate to the President, as the education and administrative head of the College, the authority to exercise general supervision over all affairs of the College subject to and in accordance with the Board's delegation of authority and the College's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan. In order for the Board to meet its governance, policy-making and statutory responsibilities, the President shall keep the Board informed of all relevant matters and prepare a report to be submitted to the Board at its Board meetings.

    Section 3. Officers of the Board of Trustees

    The Board shall have the following officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary. Each officer shall perform the duties of the office and such other functions as designated by the Board pursuant to these By-Laws.

    The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Governor. The Vice Chairperson shall be elected, as prescribed by these By-Laws, by the Trustees at their annual meeting. The Vice Chairperson shall be elected by a majority of the members of the Board. The Vice Chairperson's term shall be for a period of one year, beginning at the Annual Meeting, and shall hold office until the next Annual Meeting and until his/her respective successor is elected.

    1. The President or his or her designee shall serve as Secretary of the Board.
    2. The Vice Chairperson may be removed from office by a majority vote of the members of the Board.
    3. In the event that the Vice Chairperson position becomes vacant prior to the annual meeting, the position shall be filled at the next regular Board meeting as prescribed by these By-Laws.

    A. Duties of Officers

    1. The Chairperson shall have the following duties:
      1. To preside at all meetings of the Board of Trustees except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws.
      2. To call special meetings of the Board of Trustees.
      3. To serve as a member, ex officio, of all committees of the Board.
      4. To appoint members and chairpersons of committees of the Board.
      5. To sign all legal documents as authorized by the Board.
      6. To serve as the Board's official spokesperson on individual matters of Board business subject to the approval of the Board by a majority vote.
      7. To perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, authority, or by action of the Board.
    2. The Vice-Chairperson's shall have the following duties:
      1. To preside over Board meetings in the absence of the Chairperson and as otherwise indicated in accordance with these Bylaws.
      2. To perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, authority, or by action of the Board.
    3. The President acting as Secretary shall have the following duties:
      1. To notify members of the Board of all meetings and prepare and distribute meeting materials and agendas. To provide written public notice of all regular, subcommittee and special meetings of the Board in compliance with state law, including posting all such meetings outside the door of the President's office and on the College's website and academic and activity calendar.
      2. To record attendance of all present at all regular and special meetings.
      3. To record and preserve the official minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Trustees at all regular and special meetings thereof.
      4. To preserve all documents, papers, and records, as determined by the Board, and as required by state law, to be part of the Board's official records. Said official records shall be maintained in the College President's office and or the College library.
      5. To conduct correspondence as directed by the Board of Trustees and to certify official documents and proceedings.
      6. To perform duties, not inconsistent with those prescribed by these bylaws, which the Board of Trustees or the President of the College may, from time to time, direct.

    B. Compensation

    No member of the Board shall receive compensation for any services rendered. Appropriate expenses of Trustees incurred in the performance of their duties and responsibilities will be reimbursed when the expenses are properly documented and/or approved by the Chairperson of the Board and the President.



    The Board shall transact all business within its jurisdiction at official meetings of the Board. All Board meetings and subcommittee meetings shall be conducted in conformity with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Open Meeting Law ("OML"). A meeting is defined as deliberation of a public body with respect to any matter within the body's jurisdiction. Deliberation occurs when there is either oral or written communication between or among a quorum of the Board on any public business within its jurisdiction.

    Section 1. Annual Meeting

    The Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees shall normally be in June.

    Section 2. Regular Meetings

    Regular meetings of the Board will be held according to a schedule and at a location established by the Chairperson in consultation with Board members and the President. There shall be no fewer than seven (7) regular meetings per academic year. According to state law, if a Trustee is absent from four (4) regular meetings in any academic year, exclusive of July and August, that person's membership on the Board shall terminate and a vacancy shall be deemed to exist. The Chairperson shall forthwith notify the Governor when any vacancy (other than the Student Trustee) occurs.

    Section 3. Special or Emergency Meetings

    Such meetings may be held at any time or place within the Commonwealth when called by the Chairperson or the President or by (3) Trustees, in writing, given to the Secretary specifying the purpose(s) of said meeting. Written notice to Board members of such meeting shall state the time, place and purpose(s) for which it has been called. Public notice must be posted for all Special or Emergency Meetings.

    Section 4. Adjourned Meetings

    Adjourned meetings may be held as the business of the Board requires. Public notice of the continuation of an adjourned meeting must be posted unless circumstances require the subsequent meeting to be held as an emergency meeting. Only items on the agenda of the meeting adjourned may be deliberated and acted upon when the adjourned meeting is resumed.

    Section 5. Executive Sessions

    Executive sessions of the Board are those meetings which are closed to the public in accordance with state law. An executive session may be held if a quorum of the Board has first met in open session and a majority of the members have so voted based on a recorded, roll-call vote. The Chairperson must state the purpose for the executive session and whether the Board intends to re-convene in open session following the executive session. Minutes shall be maintained in an executive session and shall include all votes taken.

    Section 6. Notice of Meetings of the Board of Trustees

    Notice of the Annual Meeting, each Regular Meeting, and any Special or Emergency Meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be given in writing (including email) to each Trustee at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, which shall set forth the time and place of the meeting as well as the reasonably anticipated topics to be discussed.

    Section 7. Agenda

    A Trustee wishing to add an item to an agenda must notify the President at least ten (10) calendar days in advance of the meeting. The agenda for each Regular Meeting of the Board shall be provided to each Trustee at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date fixed for the meeting. The Board may elect to deliberate over an agenda item at its next regularly scheduled meeting or, by a majority vote, reject the item for deliberation or direct a sub-committee of the Board to consider the item.

    Section 8. Quorum

    A quorum exists when there is a simple majority of Board members physically present at a meeting. No action is valid unless voted on at a meeting of the Board, having constituted a quorum, by at least a majority vote of the members of the Board present at such a meeting.

    Section 9. Conduct of Business

    Unless otherwise specified, the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the Board insofar as the rules are compatible with these By-Laws and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Unless otherwise determined by the Chairperson, business at regular meetings of the Board will generally include, but is not limited to: approval of minutes, President's report, Student Trustee report, committee reports, recommended administrative actions and other business.

    Section 10. Board Meeting Minutes

    1. The Board shall create and maintain accurate minutes of all meetings, including subcommittee meetings and executive sessions. The minutes of all meetings are public record and shall be made available upon request by any person in accordance with state law.
    2. Minutes shall include a meeting's date, time and place, the members present, absent or participating remotely, a summary of the discussions on each subject, a list of documents and other exhibits used at the meeting, the decisions made and the actions taken at each meeting, including a record of all votes.
    3. The minutes of a Board meeting, whether approved or in draft form, shall be disclosed to any person upon request in accordance with state law.
      Documents and other exhibits, such as photographs, recordings or maps, utilized by the Board during a meeting shall, along with the minutes, be part of the official record of the meeting. Minutes shall be maintained in an executive session, but may be withheld from disclosure to the public in their entirety as long as publication may defeat the lawful purposes of the executive session, but no longer.
    4. The Board's meeting minutes shall be prepared by the Secretary and delivered to Board members at least 48 hours before the next regular meeting.
    5. Board meeting minutes shall be approved by the Board and signed by the Chairperson and the Secretary.
    6. Minutes of all Board meetings shall be maintained by the President or his/her designee in a designated location on campus.

    Section 11. Citizen Participation

    Meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be open to members of the public, except when the Board is in executive session in accordance with state law.

    In order that the business of the College may be conducted in an orderly and deliberative fashion, the Board sets forth the following procedures for citizens desiring to appear before the Board. The Board reserves the right to amend and/or waive any or all of these procedures by majority vote of Trustees present.

    A citizen who wishes to address the Board on a meeting agenda item shall submit a written request to the Chairperson or the President at least twenty-four (24) hours before the scheduled meeting.

    The Chairperson shall normally allot a visitor not more than five (5) minutes unless the time is increased or decreased by a majority vote of the Board.

    Section 12. Remote Participation of the Trustees

    Remote participation of trustees shall follow the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law relative to remote participation, 940 CMR 29.10 under the following provisions:

    1. The Chairperson and Secretary are notified in writing four (4) days in advance of a Trustee's need to participate remotely due to any of the factors listed in 940 CMR 29.10 making physical attendance unreasonably difficult.
    2. A Trustee may participate remotely up to two (2) times per year.
    3. Any form of media relative to 940 CMR 29.10 is acceptable for remote participation, so long as the remote participant and all persons present at the meeting location are clearly audible to each other.



    Section 1. Practice of the Board of Trustees

    The practice of the Board of Trustees, in general, shall be to act upon matters only after consideration and recommendation by a committee of the Board of Trustees or the President of the College. However, any Trustee may present matters to the Board for consideration without prior reference to a committee.

    Section 2. Standing Committees

    The Board may establish Standing Committees, which may include, but are not limited to: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee, Academic Planning Committee and/or Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee will consist of the Board Chairperson (Chair of Executive Committee), Vice Chair, and Chairs of the Finance, Human Resources and Academic Planning Committees.

    Section 3. Members of Standing Committees

    Each standing committee shall have no less than three (3) and no more than five (5) members appointed by the Chairperson. The Chair of a standing committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson. The Chairperson of the Board and the President of the College shall be members of each standing committee, ex officio.

    Section 4. Meetings of Standing Committees

    Meetings of standing committees may be held at any time and at any place when called by the Chairperson of the Committee, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, the President of the College, or at least two members of the committee. Committee meetings shall be posted in accordance with the OML and minutes shall be maintained. A quorum of committee members (excluding ex officio members) is required in order for the Committee to transact Board business.

    Section 5. Nominating Committee

    The nominating committee shall survey the board for interested candidates for Vice-Chairperson. Trustees interested in serving in this position should notify the nominating committee in writing. Trustees serving on the nominating committee shall be ineligible for nomination as Vice Chairperson. The nominating committee shall establish its committee guidelines and rules and shall present a slate of candidates to the Board prior to the annual meeting. At its annual meeting each year, the Board shall elect a Vice-Chairperson.

    Section 6. Ad Hoc Committees

    The Board shall authorize such ad hoc committees as it deems necessary. An ad hoc committee shall report recommendations to the Board for appropriate action and shall be dissolved when its report is received by the Board.



    Section 1. Number

    The Officers of the College shall be a President and such other subordinate Officers as the Trustees may from time to time, by vote, deem appropriate.

    Section 2. Selection, Term and Removal of President

    In accordance with state law, the Board shall at its pleasure and with the approval of the Board of Higher Education appoint and remove the President of its institution. The President's term of appointment shall be for an indefinite term.

    Section 3. Duties of the President

    The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the College. S/he shall establish and/or administer all rules and policies for the governance of the College as promulgated by the Board. S/he shall have general power to manage and direct the affairs of the College and to perform such duties as are incident to the office or shall otherwise be required of him/her by the Trustees.

    The President shall have the power to sign and execute, in the name of the College, all contracts, or other legal instruments authorized by the Trustees, and to affix the seal of the College to any instrument requiring the same.

    In accordance with a delegation of authority from the Board, the President shall have the power to take all personnel actions with respect to all employees at the College. Personnel actions taken by the President will be reported to the Board as required by the Board.

    The President shall report to the Board as often as required by the Board information concerning the affairs of the College and recommend for their consideration such measures as s/he shall judge necessary or desirable.



    Any Trustee may resign from the Board by delivering a written letter of resignation to the Governor of the Commonwealth and the Chairperson.

    A Trustee may be disciplined by the Board, up to and including censure, for misconduct by such Trustee in his or her capacity as a Board member. Discipline may be imposed upon a majority vote of those Trustees present at a regularly scheduled meeting or special meeting of the Board at which a quorum is present. In the case of serious misconduct or upon indictment or conviction of a felony, the Board may also vote to recommend to the Governor the suspension or removal of the Trustee from the Board. In those cases where the Board is contemplating discipline of a Trustee or a recommendation for his/her suspension or removal, the Board shall comply with the following procedures. A Trustee shall be given at least fifteen (15) days prior written notice of a meeting of the Board at which discipline or a recommendation for suspension or removal will be discussed. The written notice shall include a statement setting forth the allegations of misconduct. At the meeting, the Trustee shall be given an opportunity to address the allegations presented and provide an explanation for his/her conduct. The Trustee is permitted to have a representative accompany him/her during the meeting, although the representative may not actively participate in the meeting other than to advise the Trustee. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board shall, by majority vote, decide whether to discipline and/or recommend the suspension or removal of the Trustee. The decision of the Board shall be final to the extent permitted by applicable law.



    These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a simple majority vote of the members of the Board, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular Board meeting.

    VOTED, March 17, 1981

    AMENDED, April 26, 1983

    AMENDED, April 22, 2008

    AMENDED, Feb. 25, 2014

  • Meetings
    July 2023 - June 2024

    Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023

    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, moved from Oct 10 on Sept 25, 2023

    Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023

    FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2024 (retreat)

    Tuesday, March 12, 2024

    Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    Tuesday, June 11, 2024 (Annual and Regular Meeting)

    All meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated on agenda.

  • Minutes

    Regular meetings of the Board will be held according to a schedule and at a location established by the Chairperson in consultation with Board members and the President.

    FY 2023

    2023 Annual Meeting

    June 2023

    No meeting May 2023

    April 2023

    March 2023

    No meeting February 2023

    No meeting January 2023

    No meeting December 2022

    November 2022

    October 2022

    No meeting September 2022

    August 2022

    FY 2022

    2022 Annual Meeting

    June 2022

    No meeting May 2022

    April 2022

    March 2022

    No meeting February 2022

    January 2022

    December 2021

    No meeting November 2021

    October 2021

    No meeting September 2020

    August 2021

    FY 2021

    2021 Annual Meeting

    June 2021

    No meeting May 2021

    April 2021

    March 2021

    No meeting February 2021

    January 2021

    December 2020

    No meeting November 2020

    October 2020

    No meeting September 2020

    August 2020

    FY 2020

    2020 Annual Meeting

    June 2020

    No meeting May 2020

    April 2020

    March 2020

    No meeting February 2020

    January 2020

    December 2019 cancelled

    No meeting November 2019

    October 2019

    No meeting September 2019

    August 2019

    FY 2019

    2019 Annual Meeting

    July 2019

    No meeting May 2019

    April 2019

    March 2019

    No meeting February 2019

    January 2019

    No meeting December 2018

    November 2018

    October 2018

    No meeting September 2018

    August 2018

    FY 2018

    2018 Annual Meeting

    June 2018

    No meeting May 2018

    April 2018

    March 2018

    No meeting February 2018

    January 2018

    December 2017

    No meeting November 2017

    October 2017

    No meeting September 2017

    August 2017

    FY 2017

    2017 Annual Meeting

    July 2017

    May 2017

    No meeting April 2017

    March 2017

    No meeting February 2017

    January 2017

    No meeting December 2016

    November 2016

    Oct. 2016

    No meeting September 2016

    August 2016
    FY 2016

    2016 Annual Meeting

    June 2016

    No meeting May 2016

    April 2016

    March 2016

    No meeting February 2016

    January 2016 December 2015

    No meeting November 2015

    October 2015

    No meeting September 2015

    August 2015

    FY 2015

    2015 Annual Meeting

    June 2015

    No meeting May 2015

    April 2015

    March 2015

    February 2015

    January 2015 moved to February

    December 2014

    No meeting November 2014

    Oct. 2014

    No meeting September 2014

    Aug. 2014

    FY 2014

    2014 Annual Meeting

    June 2014

    May 2014

    April 2014

    March 2014

    February 2014

    Jan. 2014

    December 2013

    No meeting November 2013

    October 2013

    No meeting September 2013

    Aug. 2013