By LEVI PASCHER
For The Recorder
JOHNSTOWN -- The Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a pay increase for President Dustin Swanger and the appointment of new officers at its meeting Thursday night.
The board completed its yearly evaluation of Swanger and agreed on a salary increase of 1.6 percent as well as a $10,000 contribution to his retirement effective Sept. 1.
Swanger's salary is currently $151,445 and with the 1.6 percent increase it would bring his salary to $153,868.
Following the meeting, Swanger said he and the board previously agreed on a long-term contract that runs through 2023.
He said the board conducts a yearly evaluation and then determines the salary of the president on an annual basis.
The board also unanimously approved several officers after receiving names from the nominating committee to elect Michael Pepe as chairman, Edmund Jasewicz as vice chairman, Paula Weaver as secretary and David Morrow as treasurer for 2014-15.
Weaver and Morrow were appointed to the same positions last year but Pepe and Jasewicz are holding new positions.
Pepe served as vice chairman last year and is currently serving his seventh and final term. However, he said he has a long history with the college dating back to 1978 when he graduated from the institution and the eight years he previously served on the Foundation Board of Directors.
"It's near and dear to my heart," he said. "I look forward to focusing on the momentum we already have going with our academic programs and developments like the Global Village."
Jasewicz said he has been on the board about seven years and he is honored to help move the college forward.
"It's a great honor," he said. "We all work together as a group and I want to continue that relationship."
Landrio said he was pleased to serve as chairman for two years and was happy with the relationships he has formed on the board. He said he is excited to continue working as a member of the board going forward.
"I would like to wish Mike and Ed the best of luck," Landrio said. "I think the most important thing we have on this board is the fact we work together and agree as a team. We work together for the betterment of the college."
During the meeting Pepe also appointed several trustees of the board to various committee liaison positions, including: Buildings and Grounds, Jim Landrio; Education, Jennifer Gardella; Policy, Edmund Jasewicz; Personnel, John Thomas; FCA, Taiyebeh Ghazi-Moghadam; Foundation, Christopher Swatt; and Finance, Lee Hollenbeck.