Bill to place alumnus on AACC board pulled

Del. Boschert agrees to discuss the matter with trustees' chairman

February 24, 1999|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

A state delegate has withdrawn proposed legislation that would require the presence of an alumnus on the Anne Arundel Community College board of trustees after the board president promised to meet with him to consider ways it can be done.

Democratic Del. David G. Boschert said he introduced the legislation in January because there is "untapped" talent among alumni that should be represented on the eight-member board of trustees. He wants to create a ninth seat for an alumnus or to reserve one of the current seats for alumni.

Boschert withdrew the bill two weeks ago after he spoke with board Chairman Gene E. Floyd, who agreed to meet with him after the session to discuss the best way to put an alumnus on the board.

"I would like it to be done with the cooperation of the trustees," he said. "I put [the bill] in to get their attention this year. I tried to get in touch with Mr. Floyd, but he was away in Florida. When he got back and heard about it, he said he was willing to work with the delegation to get it done."

Adding a ninth member would require state legislation, he said. An alumnus could be appointed to the board to fill one of the seats that opens at the end of the year, Boschert said.

Board members are nominated by state senators and appointed by the governor to serve six-year terms. The terms of two trustees, student member Andrew W. Hale and Walter J. Hall, end this year. Hall has been reappointed to serve another six-year term. The student member serves one year.

"I think the trustees want to be part of this process," Boschert said. "And if we can't come to an acceptable resolution to this, I will reintroduce the bill next year."

Floyd said he and the board have no problem with adding an additional seat or having an alumnus on the board.

"We had a meeting with [Boschert] about a week ago, and we decided just to wait until after the session is over," Floyd said. "This is no big deal to us. All of us are creatures of the legislative process, so if they decide they want to do it, all they have to do is vote it in."

Pub Date: 2/24/99

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