Hudson County Community College Trustee Bakari G. Lee, Esq. Is Elected Vice Chair of the Association of Community College Trustees

Posted: 11/11/2014
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061

Mr. Lee concludes service as Chairman of the
New Jersey Council of County Colleges

JERSEY CITY, N.J. / November 10, 2014 — Bakari G. Lee, Esq., Vice Chairman of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Board of Trustees, was elected Vice Chair of the Association of Community College Trustees’ Board of Directors at that organization’s Annual Leadership Congress last month in Chicago, Illinois.  This election also places Mr. Lee in line to become national chair in two years. Last year, Mr. Lee was elected to the Executive Committee in the office of Secretary-Treasurer.

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.  ACCT’s purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels. 

Mr. Lee, a partner with the law firm of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC, was appointed to the HCCC Board of Trustees in 2006. He was elected to the ACCT Board of Directors and the office of Northeast Region Chair in 2011. Prior to that, he served as Associate Member of the ACCT Governance and Bylaws Committee, and he has served on several ad hoc committees. In his role as Secretary-Treasurer, Mr. Lee also chaired ACCT’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Mr. Lee also currently serves as the Chairman of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (Council); however, he is concluding his third and final term as Chairman this month. Prior to serving as Chairman, he chaired the Council’s Legislative Committee. He will continue to serve as a Trustee Ambassador for the Council.

A graduate of Florida A&M University, Mr. Lee earned his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. He was admitted into the practice of law in the State of New Jersey and the United States District County of New Jersey in 2004, and in the State of New York in 2007.

Before joining McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC, Mr. Lee served as a law clerk for the Honorable Darryl Dean Donohue of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands - St. Croix Division. Mr. Lee was a Senior Business Analyst in the Animal Health Division of Pfizer, supporting the Division’s business development and strategic planning initiatives.

Mr. Lee is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., having previously served as President of the Jersey City graduate chapter. Mr. Lee’s other community service initiatives include his rites of passage program targeted at socio-economically disadvantaged youth in Morristown, New Jersey; a mentorship program for African-American middle school children in Newark, New Jersey; and a scholarship program for high achieving African-American males in northern New Jersey which currently counts students attending Rutgers University, Princeton University, Harvard University, and Pennsylvania College of Technology among its scholars.