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ACCC Names Dr. Peter Mora of Palermo as President - April 2005

April 5, 2005

April 5, 2005

MAYS LANDING--The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Peter L. Mora Sr. of Palermo as the school's eighth president at a special meeting, April 5. The appointment will take effect July 1.

The three-year contract authorized by the board provides a $144,000 annual salary, use of a car, and health and welfare benefits afforded to ACCC’s exempt executive staff.

"We are extremely pleased with the results of the search process. We believe that Dr. Mora is the right candidate to move Atlantic Cape Community College forward as it opens a new campus in Cape May County, approaches its Middle States re-accreditation visit next year and continues to grow to meet the needs of its two-county service area," said Brian Lefke, board chairperson.

"His extensive experience in the areas of academic leadership, financial management, economic development and working with community and business organizations will serve ACCC well in the years ahead.

"I'd like to thank the members of the internal advisory committee, the search committee and the Board of Trustees for their thorough work on this process," he said.

Raised in Atlantic City, Mora has served ACCC for 31 years, including his current role as vice president for continuing education and Cape May County.
He has also served the college as provost for Cape May County, dean of continuing education and extension centers, and associate dean of economic development and continuing education. He was associate dean of academics and also taught in and chaired the college's developmental studies division.

Mora earned a doctorate in community college education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va., where he authored a dissertation on "Economic Development Functions of Community Colleges in New Jersey."

His master's degree in community college teaching is from the former Glassboro State College while his bachelor’s degree in History and Economics is from Connecticut’s University of Bridgeport. Mora earned an Economic Development Specialist certificate from the American Economic Development Council at the University of Maryland.

Mora chaired the college's Cape May County Comprehensive Campus Transition Team, a group consisting of county educational and community leaders which developed strategies for successful implementation of ACCC's new facility in Cape May Court House.

He serves on the board of directors and as treasurer of the N.J. Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. He serves as a board member with the Community Development Corp. of the Atlantic County Chamber of Commerce and is a former chairman of the Atlantic-Cape May County Regional Employer Council. He was a board member for the National Council for Continuing Education and Training and serves with the N.J. State Employer Council and Southern N.J. Development Council.

In 1999 Mora co-chaired the National Educational Computing Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

He serves as a board member with the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital Foundation.

His volunteer service includes trusteeship with the Volunteer Center of Atlantic County, the Atlantic County Heart Association, and the Kentucky Avenue Renaissance Enterprise Foundation.

Mora served on the board of directors for the South Jersey Stage Co., Greater Atlantic City Tourism Commission, and the Stan Marczyk Scholarship Fund at Holy Spirit High School.

Prior to joining ACCC, Mora was director of educational services at the Atlantic Village School in Atlantic City and a senior planning analyst for Prudential Insurance Co. in Linwood.

The selection comes following a national search which began with 53 applicants, and was narrowed to a field of nine semi-finalists, then four finalists, one of whom withdrew. The search was conducted by a board committee with assistance from Dr. Robert Barringer of Gold Hill Associates and input from a student/staff/faculty advisory group.

Mora succeeds Dr. John T. May who will retire on June 30. May was named president of Atlantic Community College on Feb. 1, 1994. Under his leadership, the college was renamed Atlantic Cape Community College in February, 1999, after becoming a joint college with Cape May County.

Founded in 1964, ACCC is a comprehensive community college serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. The school enrolls more than 6,500 students, employs more than 300 people and has an annual budget of $33 million.