The Brookdale Board of Trustees closed the door this month on one of the most emotional and transformative school years in recent memory, which included a reduction-in-force and a tuition increase alongside the rollout of an unprecedented college-wide reorganization.
The board also said goodbye to some familiar faces – including former board chair Brian Butch, trustee Lucille Jones and trustee Joseph Passiment Jr. – and welcomed some new ones, including new trustees Dr. Henry Cram and Paul Crupi and new graduate trustee Paul Geissler.
During the Annual Meeting in November, the trustees voted to elect new board officers to steer the board and its various subcommittees throughout the following year. Dr. Carl Guzzo selected to serve as board chair, while Tracey Abby-White was elected vice chair.
“I am deeply honored to serve as chair of the board,” said Guzzo on Nov. 20. “I’m looking forward to working alongside my fellow trustees, and I believe we can come out of this year stronger than ever.”
The personnel changes accompanied the board’s annual work on behalf of the college, which this year included approval of a state- and county-funded campus beautification project, which will bring a new “Pedestrian Thoroughfare” to Lincroft by Spring 2016.
The $1.9 million project will feature decorative pavement, new landscaping, ornamental lighting, seating alcoves and a host of other upgrades on the “back walkway” between the Collins Arena and the Performing Arts Center.
The board also took time out to honor Brookdale’s faculty and staff during a public Performance Recognition Ceremony on April 30. The trustees voted to approve 20 faculty promotions and grant tenure to eight instructors, while recognizing four staff members for their outstanding contributions to the college community. Read more here.
Looking forward to 2015-16, Abby-White said she is excited to keep working on behalf of Brookdale’s students and all members of the college community.
“Brookdale, in my opinion, is one of the finest community colleges in the country,” she said. “We are going to work hard to keep it that way, and to keep improving each and every year.”