At the Board of Trustees meeting on May 15, Board Chair Dr. Carl Guzzo announced the appointment of Dr. David Stout as Brookdale’s seventh president. The news of the appointment was received with robust applause and multiple standing ovations.
Stout thanked the audience for their unwavering support throughout this process. “I am honored to have been selected as Brookdale’s president and I count it a privilege to serve alongside a group of talented employees and committed trustees.
“Brookdale has a history that spans more than 50 years and a legacy that has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives. I am eager to continue the work of fulfilling our vision of transforming the lives of our students.”
Stout thanked his wife, Heather, who joined him in the front of the room. “She has been with me throughout my career here and has supported me throughout this process. I am so grateful for her love and support.” To Brookdale employees, Stout said, “you too are my family and I love you all.”
Stout served as the college’s interim president since July 1, 2017, replacing former president Dr. Maureen Murphy, who left the college in June 2017.
The appointment concludes a nationwide search launched in the fall of 2018. “We are confident that Dr. Stout is the right person to serve as chief executive officer at one of the finest community colleges in the nation,” said Carl Guzzo, Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees Chair. “He has made significant inroads during his tenure as interim president and is the best candidate to lead us to the next level of excellence.”
The pool of 48 candidates was narrowed down through a screening process that consisted of interviews with a screening committee that included college trustees, faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and a member of the community. The committee selected Stout and two others as finalists. Faculty, staff, and students met the three finalists in public forums and provided feedback to the full board.
Stout first joined the college in 1997 as a learning assistant. 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, and most recently as Brookdale’s chief student services officer and vice president for student success.
As vice president for student success, Stout oversaw nearly all of Brookdale’s student services offices, including recruitment, registration, financial aid, counseling, career development, athletics, and veterans services. He also served as a member of Brookdale’s senior executive leadership team and on the president’s cabinet.
Outside of Brookdale, Stout has served as an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth, Rutgers, Kean, and Thomas Edison State universities.
Stout’s top priorities for Brookdale include strengthening community engagement by addressing community needs and aligning exceptional academic programs to meet those needs.
“Thanks to the support of our Freeholders and the efforts of many community partnerships, Brookdale will continue to focus on fostering student success, creating lifelong learning opportunities, and enhancing the economic development of Monmouth County,” Stout said.
To view pictures from the May 15 Board of Trustees meeting click here.