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Administrators Honored with ‘Community College Spirit Awards’

June 27, 2012

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2012 Community College Spirit Award to several community college administrators who have worked extensively on the Big Ideas Project, the collective effort of all 19 New Jersey community colleges to improve student success, during its annual Trustee Conference June 18.

“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Vice Chair Helen Albright.

The 2012 Community College Spirit Award recipients from Atlantic Cape Community College include: Dr. Patricia Gentile of Egg Harbor Township, dean, continuing education, resource development and Cape May County campus operations; Therese Budd of Seaville, executive director, business services; and Dr. Arthur Wexler of Mays Landing, vice president of academic affairs.

“Our awardees have been hard at work this year providing statewide leadership and energy on the following eight initiatives designed to improve student success and ensure that community colleges are sustainable for generations to come: Transforming Developmental Education; Aligning Expectations Between K-12 and Community Colleges; Creating Student Success Data; Promoting Adjunct Faculty Development; Expanding Joint Purchasing Practices; Building Academic Consortia; Building Alternate Learning Delivery Systems; and Using Core Student Learning Outcomes and Common Assessment Tools,” Albright said.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.