December 18, 2009, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College President Dr. Glen Gabert was recently elected to serve as chairman of the presidents from each of New Jersey’s 19 county colleges. Dr. Gabert will serve in this capacity through November 2010, convening and presiding over the presidents’ meetings.
“It is a great honor to be entrusted with this role and to serve with such fine and esteemed colleagues,” Dr. Gabert stated. He explained that the New Jersey Community College Presidents usually meet once a month to create, discuss, and implement statewide community college policies and initiatives.
In addition to his role as Chairman of the New Jersey Community College Presidents, Dr. Gabert will also serve his third and final term on the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ Executive Committee. That seven-member team consists of three community college presidents and four community college trustees.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of community college presidents and trustees and provides statewide leadership for the advancement of the 19 New Jersey community colleges. The Council also oversees sector coordination as required by state law.
Last month, Dr. Gabert who has been President of Hudson County Community College since 1992, was inducted as a member of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU). During his tenure at HCCC, for-credit enrollment has more than doubled, with more than 8,600 students in classes this term. In addition, eight modern buildings have been added to the College’s two urban campuses – Journal Square in Jersey City and North Hudson in West New York, NJ – since Dr. Gabert has been President, and the College was recognized by MetLife in 2006 as one of the nation’s leading urban community colleges. The expansion plans also call for the addition of a new library, classrooms, science labs and parking garage in Jersey City, as well as a $27.3 million North Hudson Center in Union City which is to be built from the ground up within the next year.
Hudson County Community College is well known for its Culinary Arts Institute, English-as-a-Second-Language and Cooperative Nursing programs. The College is especially well known for its Center for Academic & Student Success, which provides a variety of innovative services to a student body comprised of women and men from more than 100 countries who speak 50 different languages.
Prior to coming to Hudson County Community College, Dr. Gabert served as a Dean at Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS) where he was also chief planning and development officer, chief personnel officer, and the institutional liaison to the League for Innovation in the Community College. Gabert, who began his professional career as a college teacher, was also Assistant to the President of Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL). He received his Ph.D. from Loyola University where he was a Schmitt Fellow and adjunct member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Education. He also holds a post-doctoral MBA in human resources from the Graduate School of Management at Rockhurst University in Kansas City (MO), a master’s degree from University of Notre Dame where he was a Hearst Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University.
Dr. Gabert serves – or has served – on the Boards of the Hudson County Workforce Development Board, Hudson County United Way, Hudson County Overall Economic Development Council and Journal Square Restoration Corporation.