Peck honored for service to FM

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a pay increase and other benefits for President Dustin Swanger at its meeting Thursday.

The board completed its yearly evaluation of Swanger in June and agreed on the salary and benefits for the following year.

Swanger will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase, according to meeting documents, boosting his pay, effective Sept. 1, to $151,445.

The board also approved a $100-per-month increase, to $675, to the car allowance for Swanger.

All other provisions of the contract stayed the same.

Swanger said he and the board agreed on a long-term contract a few years ago that goes through 2023.

He said the way the contract works is the board conducts a yearly evaluation and then determines the salary of the president for the following year.

The board also unanimously approved several officers after receiving nominations from the nominating committee to elect James Landrio as chairman, Michael Pepe as vice chairman, Paula Weaver as secretary and David Morrow as treasurer for the 2013-14 year.

With the exception of Weaver, all of those appointed held the same position last year.

The board honored former trustee Larry Peck during the meeting by commending him for his dedicated service to the students, faculty and staff of FMCC.

Peck served 14 years in two terms on the Board of Trustees and also served as chairman from 2002 to 2004.

Peck also received the 2011 New York Community College Trustee Leadership Award during his time on the board and received a plaque from the board during the meeting.

Many of the trustees praised Peck for his service at the meeting.

“When Larry takes on a function or cause he puts his heart and soul into it and I really applaud him for that,” said Chairman Landrio.

Montgomery County recently appointed Montgomery County Business Development Center CEO Kenneth Rose as the new trustee to fill the spot of Peck.

He was appointed to a seven-year term and sat on the board for the first time Thursday.