J. Noah Brown to Deliver Keynote Speech at Hudson County Community College Commencement Ceremonies

May 7, 2013

JERSEY CITY, N.J. / May 7, 2013 - J. Noah Brown of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) will deliver the keynote address at Hudson County Community College’s (HCCC) 35th Annual Commencement Ceremonies. The event will be held on Thursday evening, May 23 at 6:00 in Prudential Hall at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. At least 850 students are expected to graduate that evening.

An experienced association executive specializing in public policy, legislative advocacy and strategic planning, Mr. Brown is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACCT, the nonprofit organization of governing boards. ACCT — which represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees from more than 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond — acts as a major voice of community college trustees to the presidential administration, United States Congress, Departments of Labor and more. The organization also provides trustee education and board leadership services for its members.

In his work with ACCT, Mr. Brown has focused on strengthening strategic ties between community college boards and those national and state organizations that are key to supporting the mission of community colleges. He represents ACCT on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat and Committee for Education Funding, and has served as an appointee on the Steering Committee for the United States - Denmark Partnership for Vocational Education, U.S. Department of Education, and as Commissioner on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, U.S. Department of State.

A nationally recognized authority on community college governance, Mr. Brown’s experience includes more than thirty years working in the nonprofit sector in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he has written on community college governance and spoken on a broad range of related topics. Most recently, he wrote the book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future, which was awarded the 2013 Bellwether Book Award from the Community College Futures Assembly.

Mr. Brown serves as an ex officio member on the boards for Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. and the Council for Resource Development. He also serves on the Board for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the Board of Directors for the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company, and is a member for the Advisory Committee for Single Stop USA. In addition, he recently served as a member of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland, and an Honorary Associate of Arts degree from Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey.
“Trustees play a very important role in the College and within the community,” said HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert. “We look forward to having Mr. Brown address our graduates who, as the leaders of tomorrow, may very well may be seated on this College’s Board of Trustees at some point in the future.”