Hudson County Community College President Glen Gabert to Retire Next Summer

December 14, 2017

December 14, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Board of Trustees Chair William J. Netchert, Esq. disclosed today that the College’s longtime President, Glen Gabert, Ph.D., communicated to Mr. Netchert and the Board, his intention to retire at the end of June 2018.

Mr. Netchert stated that he has consulted with the Trustees’ Executive Committee regarding Dr. Gabert’s pending retirement, and a search committee is being convened. That committee will be chaired by HCCC Trustee, the Honorable Judge Kevin Callahan.  HCCC Trustee Vice Chair Bakari J. Lee, Esq. will serve as Vice Chair of the search committee. Staff members of the College, as well as Hudson County community stakeholders, will be named to the committee as members. 

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has been retained to perform a national search for the new President beginning in January 2018.

“We know it will be very difficult to replace Glen Gabert,” Mr. Netchert said.  We are looking for an individual who will help move us forward in continuing to grow the College and build upon the excellent framework that has been established.”

Dr. Gabert marked his 25th anniversary as President of the College in September, making him the longest-serving President in the College’s history, and the longest serving current community college president in New Jersey.

“I have had the honor of working in partnership with Glen Gabert for 14 years. He transformed what was a deeply distressed college into an institution of first choice for the people of Hudson County.” Mr. Netchert stated. “Thanks to his vision and leadership, Hudson County Community College is now an award-winning, student- and community-centered institution focused on fostering understanding and attaining success.” 

The Chairman noted that during Dr. Gabert’s tenure enrollment more than tripled, two state-of-the-art campuses – Journal Square (Jersey City) and North Hudson (Union City) – were built, and more than 60 degree and certificate programs have been put in place. In addition, the HCCC Foundation, which has provided over $3 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 deserving students, was initiated.

This year, the 2017 Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 120 of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility – the only community college in New Jersey’s top ten. The College’s Culinary Arts program is ranked number eight in the U.S., and, with 93.75% of graduates passing the NCLEX first time out, the HCCC Nursing program is ranked number four among all New Jersey associate-degree, Registered Nursing programs.