Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy joined the Brookdale Board of Trustees on March 26 in honoring Trustee Joseph Passiment Jr., who officially retired from the board at the end of March.
During the board’s monthly public meeting, which was officially named “An Evening to Honor Trustee Joseph Passiment, Jr.,” Passiment’s colleagues passed an official resolution recognizing his years of service to the college.
Reading the resolution aloud, board member and personal friend Dr. Henry Cram highlighted Passiment’s passion, knowledge and steadfast commitment to educational excellence.
“His strategic, enthusiastic and informed participation in Board of Trustees discussions and deliberations was instrumental in ensuring the college’s focus on student success,” said Cram. “During his tenure he enhanced the board’s initiatives and accomplishments through his leadership, direct communication, and ability to forge strategic alliances for the improvement of the college. We wish him, in retirement, a well deserved fulfillment.”
Passiment, who serves as Executive School Superintendent for Monmouth County, first joined the board of trustees in September 2011.
During his tenure as a trustee, he served on the board’s educational services, finance, audit, policy and education, governance and executive subcommittees.
Throughout his 44-year career in education, Passiment has served in nearly every possible capacity for schools in Monmouth County and across the state.
He has worked as a teacher, a college instructor, an athletics coach and even a school bus driver while serving on multiple school boards in Monmouth, Ocean and Union counties.
On the eve of his retirement, Passiment said he was grateful for the opportunity to use his knowledge and experience for the good of Brookdale’s students.
“It has been a wonderful run, and I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to participate here,” he told the board. “I will dearly miss you guys, because we do some great things here. The future is very, very bright … Thank you for what you do for our students, and I’m glad to have been a part of it.”
The board and Dr. Murphy concluded their tribute by presenting Passiment with a gold watch, as each member remarked on the legacy he will leave behind.
“It was a pleasure working with Trustee Passiment,” said board chair Dr. Charles J. Guzzo Jr. “I learned more than I ever thought I could learn.”