MCC To Get New President

Vicky Smith

Vicky Smith

Walt Packard and his golden parachute.

Walt Packard and his golden parachute.

At last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting of the McHenry County College Board, President Vicky Smith announced her retirement as of the start of 2016.

The tide began to turn for Smith two years ago when the outgoing board insisted on renewing Smith’s contract while all three incoming board members–Molly Walsh, Chris Jenner and Tom Willbeck–asked that they wait until they were sworn in.

Given the uproar over the Golden Parachute given the outgoing College of DuPage President and the one given MCC President Walt Packard, it is unlikely that Smith will get one.

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Those who have headed McHenry County College follow:

  • Forest D. Etheredge, November 1967 to December 1970 (deceased June 2004)
  • John Garrett. Vice President 1970 – 1979, December 1970 to May 1971, Acting President, May 1977 to November 1977, Acting President (deceased June 1981)
  • Dr. James R. Davis, June 1971 to May 1977
  • Dr. Robert Harris, November 1977 to November 1979
  • Mr. Robert C. Bartlett, November 1979 to June 1997 (deceased January 2008)
  • Dr. Daniel J. LaVista, July 1997 to February 2002
  • Dr. G. Dennis Massey, Interim President, March 2002 to May 2003
  • Dr. Walter J. Packard, June 2003 to February 2009
  • Dr. Brian Sager, Acting President, February 2009 to June 2009
  • Dr. Ronald N. Ally, Acting Chief Executive Officer, July 2009 to August 2009
  • Dr. Larry Tyree, Interim President, August 2009 to October 2009
  • Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Interim President, October 2009 to June 2010
  • Dr. Tony Miksa and Mr. Vern Manke, Co-Lead Administrators, July 2010 to August 2010
  • Dr. Vicky Smith, August 2010 – Present

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MCC To Get New President — 15 Comments

  1. I wonder how many of them were from Illinois even McHenry County.

    Vicky was from Kansas, Packard from California and most of the terms didn’t last too long.

  2. Vicky Rae Smith
    President, McHenry County College

    2013 – $210,712
    2012 – $206,850
    2011 – $176,343

    Her May 22, 2014 contract was through June 30, 2016.

    May 22, 2014 – June 30, 2014 pro-rata annualized salary $211,013.

    FY 2015 & FY 2016: Salary increase of CPI-U (which for purposes of the contact was the Chicago-All Urban Consumers Price Index) plus 3%, but in total not to exceed 5.9% or less than 3.0%.

    The President will be provided all privileges, leaves, sick leave, and fringe benefits not specifically enumerated herein which are commonly extended to all other Executive Council administrative personnel.

    The College will pay for all premiums and related costs for Dr. Smith’s participation in the College Group Health Insurance Plan, including any optional or elective costs for Dental and Vision Insurance coverage. In addition, the College will pay for one complete physical checkup per fiscal year for Dr. Smith to the extent not paid by insurance.

    The Board will provide the President with an automobile allowance of $500 per month for the use of her personally owned or leased automobile.

    The Board will make a matching contribution to a qualified tax sheltered annuity, established pursuant to Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, not exceed $18,000 annually.

    The College will reimburse the President for reasonable cell phone expenses.

    The Board will, at its expense, provide the President with a laptop computer and high-speed internet access from home, in order to assist the President in her duties. Upon termination of employment, the laptop will be returned to the College and the College will cease to pay for such high-speed internet access. The Board will also provide an air card for wide area wireless internet access. Upon termination of employment, the air card will be returned to the College.

    Dr. Smith will be reimbursed for all expenses including travel and entertainment incurred by her in connection with the performance of her College-related responsibilities. A College credit card will be issued in Dr. Smith’s name for use in College-related expenses and travel. A monthly report
    of expenditures will be presented to the Chairperson of the Board. In addition, a budget for entertainment will be established each year by the Board.

    The Board will budget for dues and other expenses for Dr. Smith’s membership in professional associations and for attending professional meetings at national, regional, state and local level.

    Sources: OpenTheBooks.com Widget; Vicky Smith employment contract.

    Year————-2013 – 2012 – 2011
    Vacation Days – 21 – 21 – 17
    Sick Days —— 12 – 12 – 10

    Source: Illinois Community College System, Annual Administrator and Faculty Salary and Benefits Portal
    http://iccbdbsrv.iccb.org/salarysearch/home.cfm

    The portal is not currently working, and this has been a problem in the recent past, feel free to complain to the Illinois Community College Board.

  3. Walter J Packard
    former McHenry County College President

    Pension
    Retired at age 62 on July 1, 2010 with 30 years of service credit and 1 year of sick leave.
    Highest annual earnings for pension calculation was $236,384.
    Final rate of earnings used in retirement calculation was $199,562.
    Retired under the General Formula in the State University Retirement System (SURS).
    Received 21 vacation days and 12 sick days in 2010.
    2014 – $155,482 – Pension
    2013 – $146,556 – Pension
    2012 – $142,288 – Pension
    2011 – $138,143 – Pension
    2011 – $021,672 – Salary
    2010 – $214,713 – Salary
    2009 – $195,892 – Salary
    2008 – $183,053 – Salary
    2007 – $182,921 – Salary
    2006 – $172,748 – Salary
    2005 – $169,628 – Salary
    2004 – $154,256 – Salary
    2003 – $005,923 – Salary, first year at McHenry County College

  4. Dr. Tony Miksa and Mr. Vern Manke, Co-Lead Administrators at MCC, July 2010 to August 2010

    Anthony R Miksa
    currently Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at McHenry County College
    2013 – $134,241 – McHenry County College
    2012 – $136,873 – McHenry County College
    2011 – $132,886 – McHenry County College
    2010 – $120,102 – McHenry County College
    2010 – $017,309 – Elgin Community College
    2009 – $105,069 – Elgin Community College
    2008 – $099,590 – Elgin Community College
    2007 – $089,850 – Elgin Community College
    2006 – $072,371 – Kishwaukee College (DeKalb, Ogle, Lee, Boone, Kane, LaSalle, Winnebago counties)
    2005 – $068,910 – Kishwaukee College
    2004 – $067,540 – Kishwaukee College
    2003 – $064,800 – Kishwaukee College
    2002 – $053,981 – Kishwaukee College
    2001 – $040,394 – Kishwaukee College
    2001 – $003,770 – Rock Valley College (Winnebago, Ogle, Boone, Stephenson, DeKalb, McHenry counties)
    2000 – $034,922 – Kishwaukee College

    Source: Open The Books widget.

  5. Dr. Tony Miksa and Mr. Vern Manke were Co-Lead Administrators at MCC from July 2010 to August 2010.

    Mr. Vernon F. Manke retired at the age of 56 from William Rainey Harper College under the SURS General Formula, began receiving his pension July 1, 1996 with 26 years of service, 9 years of reciprocal service credit, and 2 years of sick leave, and the final rate of earnings used in his retirement calculation was $120,610.

    Vernon F. Manke Pension for past four years from OpenTheBooks.com.
    2014 – $122,700 (for some reason this is more than 3% COLA increase)
    2013 – $115,656
    2012 – $112,284
    2011 – $109,020

    Mr. Manke was thus retired in the SURS state pension system while working at MCC, presumably permissible by SURS rules and his MCC employment classification as “contractual services.”

    (“Contractual services” type classification allow retired teachers, faculty, and administrators to simultaneously receive a pension and be employed in the public education system, following certain restrictions).

    Here is a brief recap of Mr. Manke’s work history at MCC, College of Lake County, & Harper Community College.

    McHenry County College Board Minutes
    January 28, 2010 – Vernon Manke was appointed Interim Vice President of Administrative Services and Treasurer, a position he seemed to hold until June 30, 2012.
    http://www.mchenry.edu/board/09_10/minutes/012810.pdf

    McHenry County College Press Release
    MCC Board Appoints Two New Interim Administrators
    January 29, 2010
    The Board appointed Vern Manke as MCC’s new Interim Vice President of Administrative Services.

    Manke will be responsible for overseeing the areas of: IT, Campus Public Safety, Human Resources, and Buildings and Grounds.

    With over 30 years of experience in education, much as a vice president in Illinois community colleges-and born and raised in McHenry County-Manke will bring extensive experience and knowledge to MCC.

    His 15 years as an administrator at College of Lake County and 11 years as Vice President of Administrative Services at Harper College has prepared him for this interim position.

    “I am really looking forward to working in this kind of position again,” said Manke.

    “I have worked in similar positions before and hope to make a positive difference at MCC.

    I have been following MCC’s efforts, and I think this will be an interesting opportunity for me,” he stated.

    Manke will begin his role on February 8, 2010.
    http://www.mchenry.edu/news/ViewMccNewsById.asp?NewsId=2715

    McHenry County College Board Report April 26, 2012.
    The contractual services provided by Mr. Vernon Manke as Interim Vice President of Administrative Services will end, effective June 30, 2012, creating an opportunity to fill the full-time administrative position of Vice President of Administrative Services with a permanent employee.
    http://www.mchenry.edu/board/11_12/packets/042612final.pdf

  6. Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Interim MCC President, October 2009 to June 2010.
    Kathleen A Plinske
    July 2010 – present – Campus President, Osceola Campus, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL
    2011 – $014,367 – Salary
    2010 – $140,854 – Salary
    2009 – $096,528 – Salary
    2008 – $090,358 – Salary
    2007 – $078,404 – Salary
    2006 – $069,740 – Salary
    2005 – $070,920 – Salary
    2004 – $064,476 – Salary
    2003 – $060,157 – Salary
    2002 – $042,819 – Salary
    2001 – $004,652 – Salary
    Source: Open The Books Pension Database; Plinske CV.

  7. Dr. Larry Tyree, Interim President, August 2009 to October 2009.

    KeysNews.com – Florida Keys & Key Wes Daily Online News
    August 29, 2010
    Six-Figure Salaries
    Florida Keys Community College
    $180,000: President Larry Tyree
    http://keysnews.com/node/25928

    MCC seemed to be Dr. Tyree’s only stint in Illinois, having spent the majority of his career in Florida, plus several other states.

    He currently seems to be working as an executive recruiter in the higher education marketplace for RH Perry & Associates.
    http://www.rhperry.com/team/profile/larry_w._tyree

    http://www.fkcc.edu/skins/userfiles/file/Press%20Releases/Tyree%20Named%20President%20Emeritus%206-26-12.pdf

    http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2009/08/18/mchenry-county-college-interim-president-larry-tyree-arrives

  8. Dr. Ronald N. Ally, Acting Chief Executive Officer at MCC, July 2009 to August 2009

    Currently Executive Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services at Harper College

    Ronald N Ally
    2013 – $215,713 – Harper College (Palatine)
    2012 – $201,612 – Harper College (Palatine)
    2011 – $188,690 – Harper College (Palatine)
    2010 – $174,032 – Elgin U-46 School District, Asst District Superintendent
    2010 – $037,535 – MCC
    2009 – $039,310 – Elgin U-46
    2009 – $152,215 – MCC
    2008 – $150,559 – MCC
    2007 – $140,144 – MCC
    2006 – $127,185 – MCC
    2005 – $121,806 – MCC
    2004 – $111,872 – MCC
    2003 – $108,611 – MCC
    2002 – $099,572 – MCC
    2001 – $082,270 – MCC
    2001 – $024,837 – College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
    2000 – $074,236 – College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
    Source: Open the Books Widget

  9. Dr. Brian P Sager, MCC Acting President, February 2009 to June 2009.

    Brian P. Sager retired at age 56 with a benefit start date of July 1, 2009, with 30 years of service credit, 1.75 years of Reciprocal service, 1 year of sick leave, with a Final Rate of Earnings Used in Retirement Calculation of $123,733, using the General Formula in SURS.

    Mr. Sager also receives a State Employees Retirement System (SERS) pension, with a benefit start date of July 1, 2009, and 2 years of service.

    Mr. Sager is also the current Mayor of Woodstock, IL.

    2014 – $012,000 – Mayor of Wooodstock Pay (became Mayor around May 1, 1989).
    2014 – $096,402 – SURS Pension MCC
    2014 – $004,069 – SERS Pension

    2013 – $093,594 – SURS Pension MCC
    2013 – $003,951 – SERS Pension

    2012 – $090,868 – SURS Pension MCC
    2012 – $003,836 – SERS Pension

    2011 – $088,221 – SURS Pension MCC

    2009 – $140,899 – MCC Pay
    2008 – $145,019 – MCC Pay
    2007 – $100,015 – MCC Pay
    2006 – $097,225 – MCC Pay
    2005 – $110,641 – MCC Pay
    2004 – $088,986 – MCC Pay
    2003 – $103,532 – MCC Pay
    2002 – $087,883 – MCC Pay
    2001 – $096,190 – MCC Pay
    2000 – $089,902 – MCC Pay

  10. Dr. G. Dennis Massey, MCC Interim President, March 2002 to May 2003
    Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at McHenry County College, 2000 – 2002

    President – Pitt Community College, August 1, 2003 – present
    2015 – $208,380 – 12 years of service
    2014 – $203,292 – 11 years of service
    2013 – $165,216 – 10 years of service
    August 1, 2003 – present, President, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC (Pitt County)
    http://www.reflector.com/salaries

    MCC
    2003 – $132,929 – MCC Interim President, MCC
    2002 – 111,100 – Vice President for Academic Affairs, MCC
    2001 – $099,910 – Vice President for Academic Affairs, MCC
    2000 – $088,854 – Vice President for Academic Affairs, MCC
    1991 – 1999 – Campus Executive Officer and Dean and Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County.
    Prior to that: Associate Dean and an Associate Professor of English at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
    Sources:
    OpenTheBooks.com
    http://www.mchenry.edu/News/ViewMccNewsById.asp?NewsId=469

  11. Information is for Dr. Daniel J. LaVista, MCC President from July 1997 to February 2002.

    2015 – SURS Pension

    2014 – $115,472 SURS Pension

    2013 – Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)
    (Retired June 30, 2013).
    Regular pay: $185,000
    Other pay: $64,718
    Total pay: $249,718
    Total benefits: $23,822
    Total pay & benefits: $273,540
    2013 – $112,108 SURS Pension

    2012 – Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)
    Regular pay: $370,000
    Total pay: $370,000
    Total benefits: $45,679
    Total pay & benefits: $415,679

    2012 – $108,843 SURS Pension

    2011 – Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)
    2011 – SURS Pension

    2010 – Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    2010 – SURS Pension

    2009 – Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    2009 – SURS Pension

    2008 – Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    2008 – SURS Pension

    2007 – Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    2007 – SURS Pension

    2006 – Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    2006 – SURS Pension

    2005 – Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    2005 – SURS Pension

    2004 – Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    2004 – SURS Pension, 18 years of service, this was first year receiving the SURS pension.
    2004 – Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education

    2003 – Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education

    2002 – Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education
    2002 – $172,893 – President of MCC

    2001 – $184,717 – President of MCC
    2000 – $179,646 – President of MCC
    1999 – President of MCC
    1998 – President of MCC
    1997 – President of MCC
    1996 – $130,000 Chancellor, Community Colleges of Baltimore County
    1995 – President, Lake County Community College
    1994 – President, Lake County Community College
    1993 – President, Lake County Community College
    1992 – President, Lake County Community College
    1991 – President, Lake County Community College
    1990 – President, Lake County Community College
    1989 – President, Lake County Community College
    1988 – President, Lake County Community College
    1987 – President, Lake County Community College

    Sources:
    MCC pay is from Open The Books.
    SURS (State University Retirement System) pension in Illinois is from the Better Government Association Pension Database.
    LACCD pay from http://www.transparentcalifornia.com.

  12. Above information is for Dr. Daniel J. LaVista, MCC President from July 1997 to February 2002.

  13. In order to receive $200,000 ‘income for life’, according to annuity calculator

    http://money.cnn.com/tools/annuities/

    there needs to be equity (annuity purchase price) of about $4,000,000.

    (Variables: State: Illinois. Sex: Female. Age: 55)

    But this is income for life without COLA.

    So the lump sum necessary to provide income for life of over $200,000 annually with adjustment for inflation will be higher than $4,000,000.

    We can reverse-calculate the contributions necessary in order to accumulate $4,000,000.

    According to:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/personal-finance/calculators/retirement/

    It takes about $75,000 per year contribution from age 25-55 (30 years) to accumulate over $4,000,000.

    (Assumptions: 4% interest)

    (Who is making $75,000 per year contribution on behalf of school administrators? Is that a publicly posted benefit? When we see public employee salaries, are taxpayers made aware of such invisible contributions made for benefit of public employees?)

    Illinois public employees earning $60,000 today will be eligible for pensions of whatever inflation and union contracts enable 30 years hence.

    If we look at the historical pay raises posted above, and assume inflation as in the past few decades, we can assume a 50%-100% increase every ten years.

    So a $60,000 salary today becomes $120,000 in ten years, doubles again after 20 years to $240,000, doubles again in 10 more years to $480,000?

    When retirees with $480,000 salary retire, the annuity purchase price rises to …somebody else do that calculation.

  14. I wonder why Vicky Smith has suddenly decided to retire… the newly elected trustees?

    The feds investigating College of DuPage?

    Her pushing for more tax payer funded “upgrades” to the college that is not needed?

    Hmmm…..

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