HCCC V.P. for North Hudson Center and Student Affairs recognized at Wednesday evening event focusing on ‘Women’s Empowerment - Women’s Education’
March 15, 2012, Jersey City, NJ – Dr. Paula P. Pando, Hudson County Community College’s Vice President for North Hudson Center and Student Affairs, was feted by the County of Hudson as one of 30 remarkable women who have made a difference in the community. Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise and Freeholder Dr. Doreen DiDomenico co-hosted the March 14 Women’s History Month Celebration, which was held in the Conrad Rotunda of the historic Brennan Court House in Jersey City.
“I appreciate so much this chance each year to honor Hudson County women who have made a powerful, positive impact on our community,” said County Executive DeGise.
Freeholder DiDomenico — a licensed, clinical psychologist at Rutgers and the sole woman on the Hudson County Chosen Board of Freeholders — said that this year’s honorees included classroom teachers as well as women who educate in others ways, including through mentorship, business, and community activism. In Dr. DiDomenico’s words, “These are women who, like Dr. Pando, have not only achieved the highest degree in her field through advanced education, and whose hard work and dedication create educational opportunities for so many others.”
The daughter of Chilean immigrants, Dr. Pando was born in Hudson County’s Margaret Hague Hospital. Her family moved to Chile, but returned to the U.S., moving to Union City where she attended Gilmore and St. Joseph’s Schools. After earning a bachelor degree from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and master’s degree from Saint Peter’s College, Pando began her career in higher education as Director of Campus Activities and Programs at Saint Peter’s College.
In 2003, Pando joined Hudson County Community College as Associate Dean for Student Services. She was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at HCCC in 2006, and in 2009 was named Vice President for North Hudson Center and Student Affairs. A year later, she was awarded her Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Rowan University.
Freeholder DiDomenico, who has met with Dr. Pando about providing and expanding services for students with disabilities and learning challenges, said: “Working with Dr. Pando, it is very clear that she achieved her success through her intelligence, determination, enthusiasm, and her warm and compassionate demeanor. In addition to empowering and supporting students, she serves as a role model to the women of Hudson County, having achieved great success in her own education and career, and raising a family.”
HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said: “We are obviously very proud of Dr. Pando and all she has accomplished on behalf of the College, especially for her leadership in Union City. The College and its students have been enriched by her contributions, and we are glad to see this community recognition. ”