Hudson County Community College Announces Swearing in of New Trustees this Tuesday

November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – William J. Netchert, Esq., Chairman of the Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees, and Glen Gabert, Ph.D., the College’s President, announced the appointment of two new members to the College’s Board.

Pamela E. Gardner, former Hudson County Register and a Learning Disabilities Teacher-consultant, and Hamza Saleem, a 2017 Hudson County Community College graduate, will be sworn in at the Trustees’ meeting this coming Tuesday, November 21st.  The meeting will be held in the Mary T. Norton Room on the Fourth Floor at 70 Sip Avenue on the Journal Square Campus in Jersey City.

Ms. Gardner was awarded Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Special Education from Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University), where she later earned her Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant Certification. She has more than 35 years of experience as a Special Education Teacher and as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, and Learning Disabilities Child Study Team Facilitator, primarily in the Jersey City Public Schools.  She continues working in that area as an IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Grant Coordinating Team Member.

From 2012 to 2016, Ms. Gardner served as the Register of Deeds and Mortgages for the County of Hudson.

Hamza Saleem and his family emigrated from Pakistan to the United States in 2009, and soon after he was enrolled at Ferris High School in Jersey City.  He states that not being able to speak English was the biggest issue he faced his first few years here, and graduated in 2013 after twice failing the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment) exam. 

Mr. Saleem calls his decision to pursue studies at Hudson County Community College one of the best decisions he’s ever made.  He says that he was determined to make his time at HCCC a time to help himself – and his fellow students – grow as leaders, and in his three years at the College he accomplished that, serving as President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and the LGBTQIA Club, which he founded.  In addition, Mr. Saleem was the recipient of several awards, including the NSLS Leadership Engaged Award and Who’s Who, and was recognized by the National Bar Association for an outstanding research paper and presentation. He served an internship with the New Jersey Superior Court, and was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the State of New Jersey for that work.  Mr. Saleem graduated in May 2017 with his Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a 3.5 Grade Point Average.  He is currently a student at Rutgers University Newark and is the full-time manager of a Subway restaurant in Jersey City.

Hudson County Community College is governed by its Board of Trustees, a group of ten voting members selected from the community, as well as two non-voting members – the President and a student representative chosen from the graduating class each year. The Governor of New Jersey appoints two trustees, and the remaining voting members are appointed by the Hudson County Executive with the advice and consent of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders. As a voting member, Ms. Gardner will serve a four-year term.