New Chair of Essex County College Foundation Board Addresses Student Needs
Reginald Davis is the new Chair of the Essex County College (ECC) Foundation Board. Bringing a corporate background to the position, Mr. Davis said he will help ensure the Foundation works in harmony with ECC’s leadership in maintaining Students First.
“As Chair, I’m making sure the full board knows what to do to support the College,” said Mr. Davis, who has been on the Foundation since 2007. The Foundation leads the efforts in supporting the Essex County College Coronavirus Alert Student Emergency Fund. Information on supporting the Emergency Fund is available at the College’s website:https://essexedu2483.wpengine.com/foundation/
“I look forward to working with Mr. Davis for the benefit of our students, ” said ECC’s President, Dr. Anthony E. Munroe. “He has solid initiatives that will assist the College in both the short-term during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as long-term.”
The Foundation recently gave $10,000 to the Emergency Fund. Mr. Davis said $5,000 was given to support the College’s Food Pantry, with the remainder earmarked for student technology needs.
Mr. Davis said support for students is very critical now as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the College to offer all instruction remotely. “The Foundation has a drive to collect laptops and computers which will be given to students to continue their studies. Remote learning is not new. However, the transition is significant,” he said.
“Every Foundation member wants our students to complete their course work and earn their Associate degree. This effort requires the collective support of the entire Essex County College family. I pledge to all our students the Foundation is taking an active role in this effort,” said Mr. Davis.
The Foundation Board members are business professionals with strong ties to the Essex County community.
The Foundation Chair’s message to the community is very clear. “I’m calling on all of us to help our students through your donations. No donation is too small, any amount is appreciated. Now is the time for our alumni to come forward to help ECC’s future graduates. Go to our website and see how simple it is to help our future leaders who need a little extra help, especially now during this pandemic.”
Mr. Davis currently operates a travel and lifestyle company, Platinum Travel and Lifestyle Consultants. He has previously held corporate leadership positions at American Express and Xerox in New York City. Mr. Davis is Vice President of the Community Day Nursery Board of Trustees in East Orange and a former member of the East Orange Board of Education. As a scholar-athlete, he attended Rutgers University on a track scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology.
Before becoming Foundation Chair, he held the roles of Vice Chair as well as chair of the Fund Development Committee.