• Presidential Search

  • The Board of Trustees of Hudson County Community College (HCCC) in New Jersey invites nominations and applications for the position of President.

    Hudson County Community College is a public, comprehensive urban community college committed to offering high-quality programs that are affordable, accessible and community-centered. Students at HCCC may pursue courses on two campuses,both of which are located in close proximity to public transportation hubs. 

    The College services the residents and businesses of Hudson County, one of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse areas of America. Our student body reflects the makeup of Hudson County with slightly more than 50% being of Hispanic heritage, about 16% African-American, 11% White, and 8% Asian-American/Pacific Islander. More than one-third of HCCC students were born outside of the United States and have reported nearly 105 different countries as their places of birth. Sixty percent of the College’s student body are women. 

    Within the past several years, HCCC has engineered unprecedented growth in its course offerings, established a central counseling program, reorganized student activities and government programs, and expanded the number and quality of its facilities. In addition to day and evening classes, the College now provides for studies seven days a week and its online course offerings have been fully realized..    

    HCCC is fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Other accreditations include: the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology; the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; and the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care.

    Hudson County Community College has long been known for its Culinary Arts Institute. The award-winning, nationally recognized CAI curriculum is one of only two programs in the New York region to be accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission. CAI students may pursue a variety of one-semester to one-year certificates as well as two-year associate degrees. An articulation agreement with Fairleigh Dickinson University enables CAI students to earn bachelor and master degrees while still studying on the premises of the HCCC Culinary Arts Institute. The CAI also provides both certificate and AAS programs in Hospitality Management.

    The HCCC Community Education Division works in conjunction with the CAI, and in partnership with a number of local community-based groups, to provide training, job readiness / life skills instruction and certification examinations to help women and their families to achieve self-sufficiency and to live fulfilling and productive lives.  


    Search Committee Roster:

    • Kevin Callahan, Committee Chair (HCCC Trustee)
    • Bakari Lee, Committee Vice Chair (HCCC Trustee)
    • Jeanette Peña, Committee (HCCC Trustee)
    • Denise Rosilli, HCCC Faculty Member and Chair of All College Council
    • Antonio Acevedo, HCCC Faculty Member
    • Nicholas Chiaravalloti, HCCC College Administrator
    • Veronica Zeichner, HCCC College Administrator
    • Yeurys Pujols, HCCC College Administrator, North Hudson Campus, also HCCC alumnus
    • Bianelly Tellez, President, HCCC Phi Theta Kappa Chapters
    • James Egan, Board of Directors, HCCC Foundation
    • Dorothea Graham King, Administrative Assistant and President HCCC support staff union (AFT)
    • Harry Melendez, Community member
    Support for the Committee:
    • Jennifer Oakley, Senior Executive Asministrative Assistant
    • Roger Jones, President, Jones & Associates Communications
    • Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed.D. and Association of Community College Trustees


    Challenges and Opportunities:

    The next HCCC President will be an experienced leader with a proven track record. The President will be an individual who will embrace this unique, growing, ever-evolving, and highly competitive urban-metropolitan community while addressing the following challenges and opportunities to improve the lives of students and residents of this vibrant and highly diverse area:

    1. Continue to build upon the commitment of the Trustees, administration, faculty and staff to implement innovative approaches in meeting the educational needs of this ethnically diverse, growing, urban commuter student body by providing high quality academic and workforce development programs, as well as continuing education opportunities.
    2. Expand and foster partnerships and build strong alliances with local business, industry, government, community organizations, school districts, and colleges and universities.
    3. Anticipate changes in Federal, state and county funding, and – in partnership with the College’s Foundation – identify new sources of funding and lead fundraising efforts to support the needs of students, invest in faculty and staff development, and equip state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
    4. Guide the College through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ten-year review process, as well as the development of a collaborative and inclusive strategic planning process.
    5. Undertake new capital construction projects while overseeing the development of a new, master capital plan.

    Ideal Characteristics:

    The HCCC College President is responsible for improving the quality of life and economic well-being of the College’s students and the Hudson County community by providing access to a quality learning environment and fostering student success. The next President will possess a track record of success as demonstrated by the following:

    1. Will be an experienced and successful transformation leader and administrator who is committed to effectively advocate for students’ access, success, and completion.
    2. Will be responsive to evolving workforce needs, as well as the need to invest in STEM programs, support liberal arts offerings, online education, and to develop other new and innovative programs.
    3. Will demonstrate the ability to develop and expand partnerships with K-12 educational institutions, colleges and universities, community organizations, and government, business and industry.
    4. Will be a visible, accessible and active member of the community who will reside within the County.
    5. Will be economically prudent, and provide sound fiscal and resource management while investing and valuing the contribution of all employees.
    6. Will have a demonstrated commitment to student success, equity and completion, and advocate for policies and practices that value diversity and inclusion.
    7. Will be an exceptional communicator and listener, and demonstrate integrity and honesty.
    8. Will be an experienced fundraiser who is adept at obtaining resources through private fundraising, entrepreneurial activities, and grants.
    9. Will be an educator with significant accreditation experience.
    10. Will be experienced in working and negotiating with organized labor.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    The next HCCC President will possess:

    1. Understanding of, and passion for, the comprehensive community college mission;
    2. Knowledge of and experience with transfer, career, technical, and developmental education, as well as workforce development;
    3. Experience showing support of innovation and high standards of excellence;
    4. Knowledge of and experience in implementing current technology in educational institutions;
    5. Appreciation of the expertise and contributions of faculty and staff that is supportive of their professional development;
    6. Success with collegial collaborations and participatory leadership;
    7. Reputation for ethical behavior; and
    8. Willingness to reside in Hudson County.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    The qualifications that must be met to be considered for this position and to continue in this position include:

    1. A doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university.
    2. Prior administrative experience with management responsibilities comparable to those described for this position.
    3. Significant academic leadership experience in higher education (community college experience preferred).

    For confidential inquiries, nominations, or additional information please contact Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed.D. at (202) 276-1983 or npolonio@gmail.com.

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    #1 January 16th - Noon to 3:00 p.m.

    Advisory Search Committee Meeting: Conduct committee orientation and training; discussion of confidentiality, timeline, conduct interviews with key constituents and stakeholders, and review of profile. 

    Board of Trustees Meeting: Review initial draft of profile and formally announce the composition of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee

    January 17th 9:30 a.m. Conduct public forums


    Mid-January    Recruitment Commences

    February 28     Target Date for Applications

    #2 Second week in March - Advisory Presidential Search Committee Meeting: Committee Members to select candidates for initial interviews.

    #3 Third week in March Advisory Presidential Search Committee Meeting: To conduct interviews and select final candidates.

    April TBD          Board interviews and Public Forums

    April TBD          Finalist Selected


    All inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest are confidential and are to be directed to Narcisa A. Polonio, Hudson Presidential Search Consultant.

    To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than February 28, 2018. The position is open until filled.

    To apply, go to http://www.acctsearches.org and upload your documents. Candidates will follow the prompts given while completing the application form.  Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:

    1. A completed Candidate summary sheet; which can be found at the top of the application page after clicking the “Apply Here” link.
    2. A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly addresses the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as President of Hudson County Community College.
    3. A current resume including an email address and cellular telephone number.
    4. A list of eight references: two supervisors, two direct reports and individuals from current or former institutions or organizations including faculty, staff, and students.

    Candidates must combine their candidate summary sheet, cover letter, and resume into a single PDF file in order to upload their materials. Candidates will be asked to submit their reference list separately.

    For additional information, nominations, or confidential inquiries, please contact:

    For technical assistance with uploading documents, please contact:


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  • Contact Information

    For additional information, nominations, or confidential inquiries, please contact:

    Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed.D., 

    Presidential Search Consultant

    (202) 276-1983