Office of the President

During his time at Malcolm X College with more than 12,000 students, Dr. Munroe led the successful implementation of the College to Careers initiative, a program that is designed to close the job skills gap and that has been recognized by The World Bank as a global best practice. He also led and facilitated the planning and construction of a new campus and led enrollment management and program development initiatives that allowed Malcolm X College to exceed enrollment projections.

Prior to heading Malcolm X College, Dr. Munroe served as Executive Administrator of the Ross University School of Medicine’s Bahamas Campus and as Associate Vice President of Health Systems Affairs and Associate Dean of Clinical Network Operations at Ross University School of Medicine in New Jersey. He also was President of Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, a full-service, community focused hospital with a staff of 1,000 full-time employees.

In addition, he headed several other hospitals, including St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital, as well as Executive Director of Family Health Services for the New York City Department of Health. Dr. Munroe has also been a visiting Assistant professor in DePaul University’s Department of Sociology.

Dr. Munroe is uniquely qualified to understand the challenges that many students face along their paths to success. He was a non-traditional, adult student who worked full-time while pursuing his college education. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Regents College of New York, and went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Masters of Public Health – Health Policy & Management from Columbia University in New York and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Health Education from Columbia University -Teacher’s College, New York, NY.

He is married with two young sons.


Board of Trustees

Mr. Thomas C. McDermott, Jr.


Ms. Johanna L. Wright


Ms. Jeweline Grimes


Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton


Dr. Marion Bolden


Ms. Isabel Cruz


Dr. Arnold C. Lewis


Mr. Joseph Maceri


Ms. Carmen T. Morales


Ms. Beth Robinson


Mr. Joseph Zarra



Ms. Aaliyah Cobbs

Student Representative

2019 Public Meeting Calendar

In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act of the State of New Jersey (1975 N.J. Laws, Chapter 231), Notice of Public Meetings for calendar year 2019 is as follows:

Public Meeting Agendas


Download Audience Packet for November 19, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Audience Packet for October 22, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Audience Packet for September 24, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Audience Packet for June 18, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Audience Packet for May 21, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Audience Packet for April 30, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for March 19, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for February 26, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for February 15, 2019 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for January 22, 2019 Public Meeting »



Download Agenda for December 18, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for November 20, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for October 16, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for September 18, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for June 19, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for May 30, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for May 15, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for April 17, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for March 20, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for February 27, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for January 31, 2018 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for January 23, 2018 Public Meeting »



Download Agenda for December 19, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for November 2, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for October 17, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for September 19, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for August 31, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for August 2, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for July 20, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for June 20, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for May 16, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for April 18, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for March 21, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for February 21, 2017 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for January 17, 2017 Public Meeting »



Download Agenda for December 20, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for November 14, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for October 18, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for September 20, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for August 8, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for June 30, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for May 17, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for April 20, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for February 16, 2016 Public Meeting »

Download Agenda for January 19, 2016 Public Meeting »

Board Policies & Procedures

The Essex County College Board of Trustees is governed by the policies and procedures outlined in the Board Policy Manual.

Dr. Anthony E. Munroe


Office of the President

Mr. Alfred Bundy

Executive Director

Institutional Advancement

Ms. Yvette Henry

Executive Director

Human Resources

Mr. Julio W. Izquierdo

Vice President of Business Operations/ Chief Financial Officer

Controller’s Office

Mr. Syrion Jack, Esq.

Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer


Ms. Yvette Jefferies


College Advancement & Foundation

Dr. Keith Kirkland


Student Affairs

Dr. Jeffrey Lee

Vice President / Chief Academic Officer (CAO)

Academic Affairs

Dr. June Persaud

Associate Dean

Program Development and Learning Resources

Mr. Sanjay Ramdath

Executive Director

Enrollment Management

Mr. John Runfeldt

Executive Director

Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Assessment

Mr. Mohamed Seddiki

Executive Dean / Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Administrative & Learning Technologies

Dr. Jill Stein


Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) and Health Sciences

Ms. Joy Tolliver, Esq.

General Counsel

Office of the General Counsel

Dr. Elvira Vieira


Community & Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Mr. Evens Wagnac

Deputy CFO

Controller’s Office

Maria Alvarado


Community and Extension Programs &

Non-Credit Enrollment Services

Elizabeth Barkley

Director, IT Operations

Information Technology

Maureen Behr

Senior Compliance Associate


Leigh Bello-DeCastro

Associate Dean

West Essex Campus and Online Education

Caroline Beretta

Associate Director

Educational Opportunity Fund

Augustine Boakye



Mamie Bridgeforth


Social Sciences

Karen Bridgett

Associate Director

Human Resources

Michele Bryson

Assistant to the Dean

Student Affairs

Judith Celestin


Adult Learning Center

Sanghamitra Choudhury


Training, Inc.

Anthony Cromartie


Public Safety

Salah Dami

Associate Director, Technical Services

Information Technology

Michael Doughtie


Athletics & PEB

Juan Estrada

Associate Director, Telecommunications

Information Technology

Virginia Flanigan


Child Development Center

James Freeman


Humanities & Bilingual Studies

Gale Gage



Shadiquah Hordge

Assistant to the VP

Office of the VP for Academic Affairs

Yury Kagan

Associate Director

Facilities Management

Dmitriy Kalantarov


Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Science

Eunice Kamunge


Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Zewdnesh Kassa

Associate Dean/Registrar

Enrollment Services

Zoya McCants

Clinical Director

Student Wellness Services

Angela McKinney


On-Campus Continuing Education

Darlene Miller



Cheryl Newton-Banks


Enrollment Services (WEC)

Jinsoo Park


Institutional Research

Ronald Parm

Associate Director

Public Safety

Joana Ramos Ribeiro

Assistant to the Dean

Continuing Education

Samantha Roberts


The Learning Center

Joanna Romano


Educational Opportunity Fund

Marva Rudder


Enrollment Management & Services

Nadiyah Samad


Auxiliary Services

Jeff Shapiro


Facilities Management

Bertram Shockley

Associate Director

Business Services and Workforce Training (Training, Inc.)

Patricia Slade

Associate Dean

Student Life and Development

Gwendolyn Slaton


MLK Library

Stephanie Aisha Steplight Johnson


Student Development & Career Services

Bianca Toliver

Senior Compliance Associate








Essex Foundation

The Foundation Board members are business professionals with strong ties to the Essex County community. They have taken both a professional and personal interest in the college’s programs and in promoting the success of our students.

Essex County College Foundation members are committed to working in partnership with the College’s President and with the Board of Trustees to meet the needs of the college and its students. Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded over 300 students with scholarships. With your generous donations, the Foundation can make an even bigger impact in the future.

We welcome your contributions! Your gifts provide critical support for scholarships, innovative programs, and equipment that are not covered by state or county funds or government grants. Information about giving opportunities is available by contacting Foundation staff identified below. Please be in touch, we would love to hear from you.


“Essex County College helped me every step of the way, enabling me to ‘Exceed Expectations.’ I received a great foundation at Essex County College and I’m extremely proud to have been part of a truly outstanding institution”

– Ashley M. (Class of 2016)

Like many students who walk through the open doors of Essex County College, Ashley faced a number of obstacles. But thanks to scholarships funded by the Essex County College Foundation, Ashley is now on the path toward realizing her dream of ultimately becoming a corporate lawyer in the business world. Thousands of students like Ashley are pursuing degrees at Essex County College and thousands more are enrolled in job training adult literacy, continuing education, and professional certification programs at our Newark and West Essex campuses, and satellite centers throughout the county.

While public funds allow Essex County College to maintain moderate tuition, we are not able to assist all who hope to attend. Every semester, thousands of students struggle to cover expenses for books and other classroom materials.

The Essex County College Foundation is dedicated to providing the tuition assistance and financial support that can make the difference between dropping out and graduating with pride. Over the years, the Essex County College Foundation has awarded scholarships to many students, enabling them to start new careers, advance professionally, and change the trajectory of their lives. Gifts from supporters like you also enable us to underwrite innovative programs, equipment, services, and other needs not covered by grants.

With your generous contribution, the Foundation can help more students like Joseph L. (Class of 2014), who returned to Essex after an eight year hiatus. “My time at Essex was very transformative for me and I am more confident than ever,” said Joseph, who plans to teach in the near future. Aliyah B. (Class of 2015) wants to become a marriage and family therapist. She says “I received a solid foundation where I gained the skills, knowledge and experience to further my education and goals in life.” You can help students like Joseph and Aliyah to pursue a college education.

Your gift can provide the supplemental English training needed by students coming from households where other languages are spoken. And you can allow the College Foundation to make an even bigger impact in the future.

To make a gift, please download the GIVING TO ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE FOUNDATION FORM. Complete the information, include your check (payable to Essex County College Foundation) or provide your credit card information. Send the completed form and/or check to the address below.

Essex County College

c/o Office of College Advancement and Foundation

303 University Ave., Room 6111

Newark, NJ 07102

Your generosity will forever transform the life of an individual. Contributions of any amount are welcome and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

On behalf of the entire Essex County College, thank you for your support!

Essex County College Foundation Board

Stephen A. Schnall, Chair

Reginald Davis, Vice Chair

Maurice Brown, Secretary

Doris Gonzalez, Treasurer

Mike Griot

Ian Grodman

Karen McMullen

Geraldine Mehu-Moore

Michael L. Minor

Lissette Morales

Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye Wilson

Dr. A. Zachary Yamba


Contact Information

Yvette Jefferies

Director of College Advancement and Foundation

Phone: (973)877-3006


Dr. A. Zachary Yamba

President Emeritus

Former President of Essex County College

(1980 – 2010)

Dr. A. Zachary Yamba holds the title of President Emeritus after stepping down as the longest serving college president in New Jersey on March 31, 2010. Affiliated with the College for four decades, he joined the humanities faculty when the college opened in 1968 and served as Dean of Faculty prior to his appointment as president in May 1980.

Recognized as the catalyst for more than a quarter century of extraordinary achievement that defines Essex County College, he is widely credited with transforming the College into the vibrant and progressive institution that today enrolls more than 25,000 students. Under his singular leadership, Essex experienced unprecedented stability and growth and emerged as a leader in the community college sector, gaining significant recognition for the quality of its academic programs, its responsive community outreach, its key role in revitalizing the regional workforce, and its impressive levels of student success.

An unrelenting advocate for the power and promise of education, Dr. Yamba’ believes in the enduring values of service, access and excellence. His advocacy of excellence and opportunity in higher education includes more than a decade of service as a commissioner of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. He is a founding member of the Presidents’ Round Table, an affiliate of the National Council on Black American Affairs of the American Association of Community Colleges. His numerous community affiliations include serving on the boards of the Victoria Foundation, Newark Downtown Core Redevelopment Corp., and the American Conference on Diversity.

He holds the title of Regent Emeritus on the Board of Regents of Seton Hall University, his alma mater, which has also inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame and awarded him an honorary degree. He also holds honorary degrees from Rutgers University and the University for Development Studies in Ghana.