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Meeting of the Board of Regents | March 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 11:15pm

Cultural Education Committee Minutes

March 9, 2010

Time:  10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.               Location:  Seminar Room, 5th floor, EB



Regent James C. Dawson, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report.

Your Committee on Cultural Education (CE) had its scheduled meeting on March 9, 2010.

In attendance were: Regents Dawson, Bowman, Brooks-Hopkins, and Tilles

Absent: Regent Phillips

In addition to CE Committee Members in attendance: Regent Bendit


Chair’s Remarks: Regent Dawson welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with a brief update on advocacy efforts.

Deputy’s Report: Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Cannell greeted everyone and spoke briefly about the Deputy’s OCE Monthly Report that was distributed to the Board of Regents prior to the meeting.

CE (D) 1 -  Report on Office of Cultural Education (OCE) Finances/Staffing

Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Cannell presented an extensive report regarding OCE’s finances; supplemented with handouts that included background information and legislation that was introduced in 2009, Assembly bill A-6883 and Senate bill S-3640.  However, as stated, neither of these bills emerged from Committee.  Also included, was information regarding CE account’s revenue source and the collapse of; a chart showing trends in the CE account over a twelve-month period including the steady decline in revenue since October 2004.

Mr. Cannell talked about the current status of OCE’S major financial accounts, concerns and issues in maintaining and increasing revenues in the future.

In addition to finances, the report included information regarding current staffing; the inability to fill vacancies and the impact the current fiscal environment has had on staffing issues.

OCE staff requests the Board’s advice in planning for advocacy in the upcoming budget; guidance in longer term remedies for the structural issues as presented; remediate the structural funding shortfall, and continued support of OCE’s goals as presented.

An opportunity for questions and discussion was provided.

Meeting adjourned.