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ACCC Holds Installation Ceremony for President Mora

October 20, 2006

Atlantic Cape Community College held a formal installation ceremony honoring Dr. Peter L. Mora of Palermo as the college’s eighth president on Oct. 19. The inauguration was held in the Walter Edge Theater at ACCC’s Mays Landing Campus.

ACCC’s Board of Trustees appointed Mora president last year. The installation ceremony was held in conjunction with the college’s 40th anniversary celebration. It featured greetings to the president from many people, including State Sen. William Gormley, State Sen. Nick Asselta, Lawrence Nespoli, president of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, and faculty and student representatives.

“Pete realizes he can touch lives and make a difference,” Gormley said. “He wants young people to realize their potential.”

Additionally, Dr. John Roueche, director of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, was the keynote speaker. The ceremony concluded with Mora’s acceptance of the office of president.

“For 40 years ACCC has established a tradition of excellence. Today, I reaffirm my commitment to fostering student learning,” Mora said. “Enhancement of student learning is the hallmark of our past and the key to our future.”

Raised in Atlantic City, Mora has served ACCC for 31 years, including the position of vice president for continuing education and Cape May County.

As president, his primary focus is to foster student learning by promoting access, excellence and stewardship for all programs and services offered at ACCC. Mora recognizes the ongoing challenge of maximizing access for diverse constituent groups, while maintaining quality educational standards. His commitment to stewardship for the college’s infrastructure is demonstrated by the recent expansion project at the college’s Worthington Atlantic City Center and by the initiation of a master facilities and academic plan for the Mays Landing Campus.