Ron Garrett, Facilities and Property Committee chairman, called the evaluation a “very favorable review,” and reported of the 12 evaluation forms he had received rating Mascia in 50 different categories, Mascia received a rating of “9” in 551 of a possible 600 items with some “7’s” and “8’s” mixed in with the bunch.
Board Chairman Lynwood French said the evaluation was an “easy” one for him to make.
“I’ve worked very closely with Mascia and I know he does a great job (at the institute),” French said. “I’m thankful for what he does.”
For Garrett, two things really stood out about Mascia.
“He is the first president we’ve had in my memory that could sign to our deaf students, clients and staff,” Garrett said. “I had a chance to attend a basketball game with him and students were coming up to talk to him. It was a pretty nice thing to see. He’s also the first president to have ever attended the (American Council of the Blind) conference and (National Federation of the Blind) conference. He actually gave up part of his family vacation and drove all the way from New York to Columbus, Ohio. That speaks volumes about his dedication to people with disabilities.”
Following the announcement of Mascia’s evaluation, the board and all institute staff in attendance gave Mascia a standing ovation.
Mascia assumed the role of president in September 2012.
“It’s an honor to work on behalf of the people who serve here and it’s a pleasure for me to come to work every day,” Mascia said. “The staff here is very dedicated and they inspire me. Most importantly, the students inspire me.”
Other board actions taken:
• Unanimously approved resolutions honoring Peter J. Salmon, Direct Labor Employee of the Year Award winner Kevin McLain and Milton J. Samuelson, Career Achievement Award winner Jonathan Robinson.
• Voted unanimously to approve a resolution honoring the Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrian Team for their efforts in the Special Olympics held in Troy May 18. Competitors Jonathan Hardin, Ryan Hughes, Jacob Seago and Neil Smith each brought home multiple medals with the assistance of Lead Instructor Elizabeth Stanley, Instructor Kate Storjohann, Assistant Barn Manager Aliana Samuels and Arena Manager Tim Greene.
• Appointed Julie Hallman of Alabama Industries for the Blind, Marie Glover of Helen Keller School and Renee Huter of E.H. Gentry as members of the Sick Leave Bank Committee.
• Announced a resolution stating the institute would continue to recognize its “No Firearm” Policy and signs would be posted at each campus.
• Approved the May 21 and June 7 meeting minutes.
• Mascia gave his President’s report, noting the institute received the results of their audit with no findings from the state examiner’s office.
• Unanimously approved third quarter financial reports.
• Approved list of expenditures of more than $15,000, including previously approved renovations on campus and AIB expenditures.
• Mascia provided facility plan updates to the board.
• Announced the next board meeting will be held Nov. 19.
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