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New Trustee and Officers Announced for Howard Community College Board of Trustees

Dates Also Set for Board’s Fiscal Year 2017 Meetings

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College has announced its newest member of the Board of Trustees, as well as the officers and meeting dates for fiscal year 2017.

New Trustee: Steven A. Joss

Steven Joss was appointed to the board of trustees for a six-year term ending in 2022. Joss has been president of The Vertical Connection since he and his wife founded their family-owned business in 1977. The Vertical Connection has served the home interior needs of Howard County residents for 39 years.

Joss has held a variety of leadership positions in the home interior industry, including serving on the World Floorcovering Association and the Maryland Floorcovering Association boards. In the Howard County community, he has been a member of the Howard County Board of Consumer Affairs and the Columbia Patuxent Rotary. Joss currently serves on the Maryland Elevator Safety Review Board and the Howard County Equal Business Opportunity Commission. He also is a mentor and volunteer for Score, a nonprofit association to help develop businesses and provide practical action plans for individuals seeking to become business professionals. 

A graduate of Drake College with a bachelor’s degree in management and business, Joss and his wife reside in Columbia. 

New Officers: Fiscal Year 2017

The board of trustees elected the following members as officers for fiscal year 2017: Mamie Perkins, chair, and Dennis Schrader, vice chair. Perkins was appointed to the board in March 2013 and will serve through June 30, 2018. She is an educational consultant for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Chesapeake Light Foundation, an adjunct professor in the School of Education for the Johns Hopkins University, and a professional development schools liaison for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Goucher College. Schrader was appointed to the board for a six-year term in July 2011. He is the secretary of appointments for the Maryland Governor’s Appointments Office and previously served as the deputy secretary for policy, planning, and enterprise services for the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Meetings: Fiscal Year 2017

The board of trustees has set the following dates for its regular meetings, work sessions, and committee meetings during fiscal year 2017. All changes or additions to the meetings will be announced on the news page of the Howard Community College (HCC) website, which is located at:   

The board of trustees of HCC is authorized by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Title 3 of the General Provisions Article § 3-305 (b) to conduct certain portions of its meetings in closed session. Therefore, the board will conduct a portion of its August 24, 2016, December 14, 2016, and June 7, 2017, meetings in closed session at the conclusion of the regular session or retreat in The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall “to discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of an appointee, employee, or official over whom it has jurisdiction; any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals,” as permitted under § 3-305 (b)(1). In addition, the August 24, 2016, closed session will also be held to discuss “to consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation,” as permitted under § 3-305 (b)(8). These meetings shall continue in closed session until the completion of business.

Board Meetings
Meetings start at 6 p.m. in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF), room 400, unless otherwise noted below:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – Work session, meeting, and closed session
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – Brief meeting, followed by closed session (location: RCF 401)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Budget work session only
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Board retreat at 8:30 a.m., followed by closed session (location: RCF 401)


Audit and Finance Committee Meetings

Committee meetings start at 8:30 a.m. in RCF 401, unless otherwise noted below:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Legislative and Community Relations Committee Meetings
Committee meetings start at 8:30 a.m. in RCF 401, unless otherwise noted below

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016 – Policies and bylaws review session – 2 p.m. (location: McCuan Hall (MH), room 256)

Friday, January 6, 2017 – Policies and bylaws review session – 2 p.m. (location: MH 256)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Citizens who wish to present any matter of concern pertaining to the community college to the board of trustees shall make written request to the secretary-treasurer of the board at least 72 hours prior to the regularly scheduled public meeting, in order that the matter may be included on the agenda for the meeting. In emergency situations, the board may, by a majority vote, give visitors who have not presented a written request in advance an opportunity to present their concerns to the board in any regular public meeting. The board, in recognition of the need to complete its business within reasonable time, reserves the right to terminate a presentation of this nature.

For more information on meetings of the board of trustees, contact HCC’s Office of the President at 443-518-1820.
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