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Comcast Executive Reflects on Early Years at ACC

As a young, married father in 1966, Barry Taylor was looking for an alternative to part-time courses miles away from his Pleasantville residence. When Atlantic County College, now ACCC, opened its doors that same year at facilities rented from Atlantic City High School, Taylor’s problem was solved.

Though he was taking classes in Business Administration at the high school a few nights a week, Taylor said, “It felt like I was taking day classes. Since they used the school after hours, classes still had that college feel, instead of the part-time student environment.”

During his time at ACC he took business classes that would later prepare him for a career as president of WheatonArts (formally Wheaton Village) and later as Director of Government and Community Affairs for Comcast.

Taylor went on to continue his education, but left college a few credits shy of his bachelor’s degree to begin his career at WheatonArts.

He fell in love with the museum and culture that WheatonArts had to offer. “Believe it or not, the courses I took at ACC led me to the museum world,” he said.

After working at Millville’s WheatonArts for more than 30 years, Taylor left in 2002 and began his current job with Comcast in March 2003, where his post covers Trenton to Cape May. He used the education he received at ACC to flourish in his career.

Now a resident of Upper Township, Taylor finds time to stay involved in community projects by supporting organizations such as the NJ Motor Sports Park, Arts Pride, South Jersey Cultural Alliance and the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce.

It has been many years since Taylor roamed the halls of ACC, but he still remains supportive of his alma mater.

“I would absolutely recommend the college to someone,” Taylor said, “even more strongly now then when I attended. The guarantee with credit transfer, finances and added courses is really increasing the potential of the college.”