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The Courier asks questions to future board chairmen Joseph Wozniak and Kathy Hamilton

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Kathy Hamilton

Kathy Hamilton

Joseph Wozniak

Joseph Wozniak


What was your first reaction to winning the election?


Wozniak: I was happy about winning the election and all but I am kind of disappointed about candidate Carlin not [being able to join me].

Hamilton: I was very pleased.


Why do you think you were voted into the board instead of the other four candidates?


W: I was greeting a lot and I think people responded well to that. I think the taxpayers are the most important people. I funded my own campaign so I did not owe anything. The only people I owe are the students and taxpayers.

H: The community heard my message.


What are your goals for the new 6 years on the board?


W: My plans are to push for sustainability and maintain energy efficient on campus. To keep tuition as low as possible and continue to do the best job I can for the public and the college.

H: 1. Keeping COD affordable by ensuring careful financial stewardship. 2. Supporting and improving programs that meet the needs of the community. 3. Improving the relationship between the community, faculty, and taxpayers.


What do you plan to implement first?


W: More energy efficiency.


What is your first priority?


W: well, first priority is in the best interest of the college and the taxpayers. I also want to help create the best environment as possible for everyone at the college.

H: To listen, learn and implement solutions.


How will you handle any further tension between the full time faculty members?


W: I know there’s been a lot of controversy with that as far as signing the contract and other things aside from that at the college. I think we should work together as a board to try to come up with the best solution possible for the college.

H: Find more avenues of communication.


What will you bring to the board that is different than the other candidates?


W: Ever since I joined the board, I was the only one who was ever pushing [sustainability]. Our previous Board Chairmen Mike McKenna was talking to me a little more about that and he said that he was pushing it but I was the only one really pushing it at the meetings because I was the only one bringing it up and talking about it. I would like to create more sustainability at COD because I think that is a very important thing.

H: 1. My experience in International Finance and Accounting. 2. My education as an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business as well as a CPA.. 3. My educational experience as someone with Dyslexia.


How will you handle the new healthcare reform law that could cause faculty members hours to be cut?


W: I don’t have a lot of information about that right now but I would like to find out more, yeah.

H: I will work to minimize it’s impact.


What will you bring to the board on the topic of current and future construction plans?


W: Well, what I’d like to do is create, like I said before, more sustainability at COD and do more work with the state and the local government.


H: I will evaluate the impact of additional debt on COD’s balance sheet with Its corresponding benefit to the community.

Wozniak and Hamilton will begin their 6 year terms at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. The two candidates will swear in at the May 7 meeting. The next upcoming board meeting will be Tuesday, April 18.













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