Dr. Henry Cram of Long Branch and Paul Crupi of Ocean were sworn in as the newest members of the Brookdale Community College board of trustees during the board’s Nov. 20 annual meeting in Lincroft.
Cram, a former teacher, college instructor and school superintendent, is current president of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools’ (MSA) Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Crupi, a lifelong Monmouth County Resident, serves as legislative liaison for the New Jersey Department of Education.
After taking their oaths of office, both men expressed their excitement for their new roles and their willingness to help support the college’s mission.
“I am a product of the New Jersey education system,” said Cram. “So the idea of having affordable, quality education opportunities is very important to me.”
“I look forward to gaining as much experience as I can,” added Crupi, “and learning as much as I can as a member of this board.”
Full bios on the new trustees are available here.
Cram and Crupi replace outgoing trustees Lucille Jones and Brian Butch, both of whom had served on the board since 2005.
Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy and the new board suspended regular business on Nov. 20 to read official resolutions recognizing Jones’ and Butch’s accomplishments over the last nine years, which they said helped assure the college’s status as a premier educational institution. Both outgoing trustees also received personalized gifts from Murphy and the board.
Butch, who served as board chair for the last two years and was the first ever Brookdale alumni to hold that post, accepted an honorary gavel before extending a heartfelt goodbye to the board.
“I ask and I pray that you work together in the coming months,” Butch said. “Spread the word about the education and the various programs available to people in Monmouth County. Fill our seats with students.
“I hope and pray that all of you will continue to build a community college and grow to love Brookdale. I thank all of you for allowing me to serve you for the last nine years.”
Jones also expressed her gratitude for the chance to work on behalf of the Brookdale community.
“It has been wonderful serving with Father Butch and the members of the board,” she said. “I have learned a lot, and I hope that the little that I had to give makes a difference.”
The trustees also elected new board officers during the annual meeting, selecting Dr. Carl Guzzo as board chair and Tracey Abby-White as vice chair.
“I am deeply honored to serve as chair of the board,” said Guzzo. “I’m looking forward to working alongside my fellow trustees, and I believe we can come out of this year stronger than ever.”
More photos of the meeting are available here.