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HCCC President Receives Association of Community College Trustee’s Northeast Regional CEO Award

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JERSEY CITY, Oct. 16 -- On Friday, October 4, 2013, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) awarded Dr. Glen Gabert, President of Hudson County Community College (HCCC), with the 2013 ACCT Northeast Regional Chief Executive Officer Award.

The honor was presented during the General Session Luncheon of the 44th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Seattle, Washington. Nearly 2,000 community college trustees, presidents, and national and state leaders had convened for the event. Only five community college executives in the United States were presented with CEO awards.

“Dr. Gabert has transformed Hudson County Community College from one that was deeply distressed into one of New Jersey’s highly respected centers of excellence in urban education,” said HCCC Board of Trustees Chairman William J. Netchert, Esq. He noted that under Dr. Gabert’s leadership the College’s enrollment has tripled, the number of graduates has more than doubled, and course offerings have been greatly expanded and are now offered in day and evening sessions seven days a week at the College’s campuses in Journal Square (Jersey City) and its North Hudson Higher Education Center (Union City) as well as at several satellite locations throughout the County. Additionally, Dr. Gabert spearheaded the development of the College’s signature programs (including its Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Nursing and ESL courses), and oversaw the institution of the HCCC Foundation, which has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships in recent years. A variety of community enrichment programs have been initiated under Dr. Gabert’s guidance, including the HCCC Lecture Series, the HCCC Foundation art collection (which now includes more than 500 works of art by noted New Jersey and American artists), and the HCCC “Art Talks” series.

Mr. Netchert explained that when Dr. Gabert was inaugurated as President 22 years ago, the College owned just one building with approximately 11,000 square-feet of space. The College now owns a dozen buildings, two of which are new, from-the-ground-up construction that received NJBIA New Good Neighbor Awards (the 73,000 square-foot Culinary Arts Conference Center and the 92,250 square-foot North Hudson Higher Education Center); the remaining are existing structures (some of which were on the brink of condemnation) that have been repurposed and completely renovated with little or no disturbance to residents in the surrounding areas. The College also acquired two parking lots, and transformed a blacktop parking lot into a pocket park that is enjoyed by students, faculty, staff and area residents. Last spring, the College held the topping-out ceremony for its 117,000 square-foot Learning Resources Center & Academic Building on Sip Avenue in Jersey City. (The College’s new construction has resulted in buildings that are LEED-certified — constructed of sustainable materials with energy-saving features — and outfitted with the latest wireless technologies and safety features.) Construction of a new science building is scheduled to begin in 2014 on the Journal Square Campus. These projects and others represent almost $250,000,000 in capital development, all of which was completed on-time and under-budget.

This is not the first ACCT Award for Hudson County Community College. In 2012, the College received the Regional Equity Award and the College’s Jennifer Oakley was presented with the ACCT Regional Professional Board Staff Member Award.

Additionally, the College was one of just five finalists recognized for the 2013 American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success Award, and it has been the recipient of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s New Good Neighbor Awards for the Culinary Conference Center and the North Hudson Higher Education Center.

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