2016, Jersey City, NJ – This month, the Association of Community College
Trustees (ACCT) announced that Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has been
named as the awardee for the 2016 ACCT Northeast Regional Equity Award.
Equity Award recognizes exemplary commitment by a community, technical or
junior college governing board and its chief executive as a group, to achieve
equity in the College’s education programs and services and delivery of those
programs and services.
recipient of the regional honor, Hudson County Community College is a finalist
for the national-level recognition, which will be announced at the 2016 ACCT
Annual Leadership Congress in New Orleans on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
announcing this year’s regional awards, ACCT Chair and Alamo Colleges
Trustee Roberto Zárate said:
“Community colleges are uniquely committed to open-access, high-quality higher
education for all Americans, as well as a vital pipeline to the jobs that
support communities and keep our country going strong. This year's regional
awardees represent the most outstanding people and programs across this great
President and CEO J. Noah Brown stated: “The 2016 awardees are among the best
we’ve seen, reflecting our colleges’ tireless commitment to helping students
President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. noted that the diversity of the community and the
HCCC students is enormously enriching, and that meeting their needs is foremost
in the College’s priorities and decision-making.
County Community College continues to work to offer everyone in our community
the finest, most affordable education and programming in the newest,
best-equipped facilities,” he said. “The environment at HCCC is culturally
sensitive and respectful. HCCC faculty and staff reflect the ethnic composition
of our community and are multilingual. Our courses, student assistance
programs, clubs, and cultural offerings are developed to educate, assist and
build greater understanding for all.”
said this is not the first time the College has been recognized with an ACCT
Award. The College was the recipient of the 2012 Northeast Regional Equity and
Professional Board Staff Member (to Jennifer Oakley) Awards as well as the 2013
Northeast Regional Chief Executive Award (to Dr. Gabert).
working to make Hudson County Community College an institution of first choice
that is better every year, we have been fortunate to be recognized with
regional and national awards,” Dr. Gabert stated. In addition to the ACCT
awards, the College has also received the following: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 2013 Awards of
Excellence for Student Success Finalist (one of just five finalists); AACC 2015
Awards of Excellence for Advancing Diversity Finalist (one of just four
finalists); AACC 2016 Awards of Excellence Exemplary
CEO/Board Finalist (to Dr. Gabert); National Tutoring Association2014 Excellence in Tutoring Award; New
Jersey Business & Industry Association New Good Neighbor Award in 2009 for
the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, in 2012 for the HCCC North Hudson Campus,
and in 2015 for the HCCC Library Building; Green Emerald 2015 Award for Urban
Green Project for the HCCC Library Building; and the Association of College and
Research Libraries (ACRL) 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (the only
New Jersey institution to be awarded to date).
NOTE TO EDITORS:
A photo of the Board is included
with this release. Caption follows:
Pictured in foreground from
left: Joanne Kosakowski; Kevin G. Callahan, J.S.C. (ret.); Shari Siegelbaum,
Esq., Board Counsel; and Glen Gabert, Ph.D., HCCC President. Pictured in
background from left: Harold G. Stahl, Jr., Bakari G. Lee, Esq., Board Vice
Chair; and William J. Netchert, Esq., Board Chairman.
Trustees not pictured: Karen A. Fahrenholz, Board Secretary/Treasurer; Roberta
Kenny; Jeanette Peña; Adrienne Sires; Monica M. Tone; James A. Fife, Trustee
Emeritus; and Ingrid Rose Cooper, Alumni Representative.