The Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on June 20 to appoint vice president David Stout as the college’s interim president, beginning on July 1.
Stout, who has served as Brookdale’s chief student services officer and vice president for student success since 2015, first joined the college as a learning assistant in 1997. Throughout his 20-year Brookdale career, Stout has worked as a student counselor, a full-time faculty member, department chair of the psychology and human services department and dean of the college’s Freehold campus.
As vice president for student success, Stout has overseen nearly all of Brookdale’s student services offices, including recruitment, registration, financial aid, counseling, career development, athletics and veterans services. He has also served as a member of Brookdale’s senior executive leadership team and the president’s cabinet.
Outside of Brookdale, Stout has served as an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth, Rutgers, Kean and Thomas Edison State universities.
He holds a Ph.D. in behavioral medicine and health psychology from Northcentral University, a master’s degree in psychological counseling from Monmouth University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Richard Stockton College, now known as Stockton University. He lives in Wall.
“Vice President Stout has an outstanding set of qualifications and the detailed knowledge of Brookdale gained through his more than 20 years of service to the college,” said Brookdale Board of Trustees Chair Carl Guzzo Jr. “The board is confident that Dr. Stout is the right person to lead Brookdale and is looking forward to working with him during his tenure as interim president.”
Stout will assume the duties of outgoing president Maureen Murphy as college officials conduct a national search for a permanent president. Murphy, who served as Brookdale president since 2012, will take over as president of the College of Southern Maryland on July 1.
“I am honored to serve in the capacity of interim president of Brookdale as we celebrate 50 years of providing exceptional educational and training opportunities for the citizens of Monmouth County,” said Stout. “Thanks to the support of our Freeholders and the efforts of our trustees, faculty, administrators, and staff, Brookdale will continue to focus on the success of our students during this transition period.”