Office of the President

Dr. Anthony E. Munroe

President of Essex County College

Dr. Anthony E. Munroe is Essex County College’s 8th President, assuming the leadership reins on June 1, 2017. Before coming to Essex, Dr. Munroe served as President of Malcolm X College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system. He brings to Essex County College three decades of experience as both an educator and a nationally recognized executive leading urban healthcare and health education institutions.

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.

 
A VERY SPECIAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE MONTH EVENT  
THE STATE OF THE COLLEGE ADDRESS PRESENTED BY ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE PRESIDENT DR. ANTHONY E. MUNROE – APRIL 16, 2020 
 
 
I want to welcome each and everyone of you to my remote State of the College Address. 
 
Introduction: We are all experiencing unsettling change and circumstances, through no fault of our own, that continue to create a sense of uncertainty, stress, anxiety, fear, and grief. With this pandemic, all our lives have been changed, creating a degree of disruption and concern. You are nor alone, we are experiencing this together.
 
I hope everyone in the Essex County College family is taking care of themselves and their loved ones at this time.
 
I am very proud that students are learning, faculty is teaching, and staff is working hard, all without missing a beat under these challenging times. Thank you to our Public Safety and Facilities departments for keeping our buildings safe and clean. Thank you to our faculty and staff for maintaining instruction and vital services necessary for our students. Much gratitude to the Mailroom, Human Resources, Payroll, and Financial Aid. Thank you so much to our Enrollment Management team who spends all day on the phone helping students with their questions and concerns. The dedicated teamwork at ECC is enabling us to continue to operate as we have for over 50 years.
 
And a very special thank you to our students who continue to work toward their degree requirements under very difficult and unprecedented circumstances. Your determination, flexibility and grit will help you get through this crisis. And remember, we are all working to support you.

 

Unfortunately, we have all been impacted  in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you and your loved ones who have taken ill, we extend our prayers for full recoveries. For those of you who have lost loved ones, our deepest condolences. We all share your pain. We are in this together.

 

I especially want to thank Essex County College Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Marion Bolden and the entire Trustee Board for their continued strong leadership and unwavering support. Thank you to our new College Foundation Board Chair Mr. Reggie Davis and the entire Foundation Board for providing financial contributions to help students during these difficult  times. 
 
The virus has created an unspeakable pandemic that has brought sickness and death to nearly every corner of the globe.  Northern New Jersey is experiencing a disproportionate number of cases, particularly in our communities of color. We must all take the steps necessary to ensure both our individual health and safety as well as that of our loved ones. Please follow all recommended safety protocols such as wearing a mask when outside, frequent handwashing, using hand sanitizers, covering your mouth when coughing and staying at home when sick.   
 
Since January, before the state of emergency had been declared, the Essex County College Coronavirus Emergency Task Force has been meeting to prepare the College for the pandemic. They have been working closely with our state, county and local governments and health departments, for the latest information. We are also in constant contact with the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education as well as the leadership of the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges and other community colleges within the state. Additionally, I participate in Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo’s daily meetings with the County leadership.
 
Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 104 required all of the state’s colleges to provide remote instruction. HIs Executive Order 107 gave us stay at home guidelines. By following these orders, we hope to bend the curve and stop the spread of the virus. Our actions will hopefully allow us to return healthy to our Essex County College campus, where we belong.  
 
During this pandemic, we have all learned a new phrase, Social Distancing or physical distancing. All public health experts have required Social Distancing as a means to flatten the curve, another phrase we have learned to help in the fight to slow down and eventually stop the spread of this terrible virus. We all need to continue following the executive orders as directed by the Governor and maintaining Social Distancing when we do go out for necessities. Social Distancing is just one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please periodically check the CDC website: cdc.gov for updates.
 
This pandemic has forced us to conduct all instruction remotely. I know its a new challenge for us all. We have been addressing the concerns of some students who don’t have adequate technology at home. We are very aware of the technology divide which is why we have launched a  computer loaner program for students, faculty and staff.  I ask that students experiencing challenges speak directly with your professors.  And to our faculty,  please share your concerns with your division chairs.
 

The pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of many student events and the spring athletic schedule. Student Life is organizing a number of virtual programs including tomorrow evening’s Virtual Open Mic program.  

 

I have held discussions with the SGA leadership to determine how students can stay engaged through Zoom and other virtual  programming platforms.

 

A word to all our students: Continue to eat well, stay in shape and keep your grades up.

 

I am extremely pleased to inform you that Essex County College will receive nearly $7.8 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief & Economic Security Act, popularly known as the CARES Act. Of that total, $3.8 million will be awarded to our students as emergency aid. The remainder, when received, will be used to assist the College to overcome the negative financial impact the pandemic has affected on our operating expenses.

 
During this crisis, we are offering as many services as possible.
 
I’m pleased to announce starting Monday, April 20, through June 1, the Food Pantry will be serving the entire College community. We’re here to help. Each recipient will receive one prepackaged bag of food, and one bag of toiletries. Please email Ms. Patricia Vaden at vaden@essex.edu or Dr. Zoya McCants at zmccants@essex.edu to schedule your pickup. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, please include that information when scheduling your appointment. Hours are 12 to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. ​Thank you, Dr. Zoya McCants.
 
Our College Campus Store, formerly known as the College Bookstore, is totally virtual http://www.shopessexcc.com/ Library services and tutoring through our Learning Center can be accessed remotely.  Updates are provided through the Students First daily emails sent to the entire College community.  
 
Now let’s share a little of what is going on at ECC. 

 

1. Students, please take advantage of our wonderful Success Coaches who work hard every day.  They are available to answer your questions in such areas as registration, advisement, academic programs, and financial aid to name just a few. They are part of our front line in daily communication with our students to ensure they continue on the path toward completion.

 

2. Our annual Commencement, set  for May 29, will be rescheduled. The Graduation Committee is working hard to design a suitable forum this spring to recognize student achievements.

 

3. Our annual Scholarship fundraiser, scheduled for May 7, will be held October 22, 2020. I look forward to your attendance and support as we raise critical scholarship dollars for our students.

 

While many of you have been off campus, we have been working on a number of College projects that are underway or nearing completion.

 

Our Advanced Campus Safety project includes better access control through the installation of locks and locking mechanisms for all classrooms at any given time at the Newark campus. There will be new ID cards to identify you and allow you access to the buildings and classrooms  We will be installing enhanced energy saving exterior lighting.  Improvements to our Police Department will include updated monitoring and surveillance of College grounds.  
 
We are waiting for permits from the City of Newark to move forward with overall facilities enhancements. All of our restrooms will be renovations for ADA compliance along with  improved lighting and new touch controls.  We will repair walkways and steps in the College perimeters and replacing concrete with green open spaces. 

 

We are designing plans for a new West Essex Campus.

 
Work is nearing completion on the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence. It is being designed for both an enhanced student learning experience and faculty development. The soon to open  Student Welcome Center will offer centralized student support services and self-service technology. we will develop The new Wellness Center has been designed with privacy and confidentiality in mind. 
 
Now lets talk about civic duty. If you have not yet done so, please fill out your Census 2020 form. You can go to https://www.census.gov/ to learn more. Please send it in as soon as possible to ensure our state and communities receive all federal money to which we are entitled. It’s fast and easy. It takes only a few minutes to complete and it will impact all of us for the next decade.  I would like to thank Dr. S. Aisha Steplight Johnson for her wonderful virtual Census Day 2020 event on April 1. Nearly 80 students and staff watched the event and learned more on the importance of the Census.  

 

As we wrap up our State of the College Address, I again hope everyone is staying strong.  

 

Please follow all CDC guidelines. Eat healthy, exercise, talk to your classmates, colleagues, family and friends. You will feel better staying connected through video chats and phone conversations. Stay informed with the latest news. However, don’t spend too much watching the news. You need a break from it. If you are feeling stressed and need someone to talk to, contact our  Wellness Center to speak to a trained professional. Remember, you have value and purpose. Now more than ever, social scientists, business leaders and health experts agree that education is the number one  way to improve the lives of you and your family.

 

“My health is your health.” When I stay home, I’m protecting you. and when you stay home, you are protecting me. That’s what it is all about. During this crisis, we need to discipline  ourselves so we can reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please don’t underestimate the dangers of this virus. Every life is precious. Every life matters. We are in this together. “My health is your health.”

 

​​In closing, Thank you Essex County College Coronavirus Alert Emergency Task Force for your hard work. Thank you to all members of the President’s Cabinet. And thank you to the members of the State of the College Address Committee: Alfred Bundy, Mohamed Seddiki, Juan Estrada, Wayne Yourstone and Jonell Congleton for making today’s event possible.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can submit them to ECC-QandA@essex.edu and they will be answered. 

 

Finally, we need all of you to stay focused on the importance of quality higher education. We will continue to work together to get through this crisis.

 

Please be safe and well.

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

(1975 N.J. Laws, Chapter 231), Notice of Public Meetings for calendar year

2020 is as follows:

  • January 21 – Main Campus
  • February 18 – Main Campus
  • March 17 – West Essex Campus
  • April 21 – Virtual Conference
  • May 19 – Virtual Conference
  • June 16 – Main Campus
  • July – No Meeting – Main Campus
  • August – No Meeting
  • September 15 – Main Campus
  • October 20 – Main Campus
  • November 17 – Reorganization Meeting – Main Campus
  • December 15 – Main Campus

 


In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act of the State of New Jersey which permits a public body to exclude the public from that portion of a meeting at which certain topics are discussed, the Board of Trustees of Essex County College shall hold prior to all meetings at 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ (including the March 17 and May 19, 2020 meetings, which will be held at the West Essex Campus, 730 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ, and the November 19 reorganization of the officers of the Board of Trustees meeting) an Executive Session for discussion, the general nature of which includes, but is not limited to Collective Bargaining Agreements, Pending and Existing Contracts, Litigation, and Personnel Matters.  The discussion of said topics shall be disclosed to the public as soon as reasonable and practicable, bearing in mind the particular subject matter involved.

The Board of Trustees meetings for calendar year 2020 will take place on the third Tuesday of every month as indicated with an Executive Session to take place at 3:00 pm and the Public Meeting will be held at 4:30 pm.

Jeweline Grimes, Secretary

2020 Board of Trustees Agenda


 

2019 Board of Trustees Agenda

 

2018 Board of Trustees Agenda

2017 Board of Trustees Agenda

2016 Board of Trustees Agenda


2015 Board of Trustees Agenda


2014 Board of Trustees Agenda

 

 

Board of Trustees

Dr. Marion Bolden

Chair

Dr. Arnold C. Lewis

Vice-Chair

Ms. Jeweline Grimes

Secretary

Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton

Treasurer

Mr. Thomas C. McDermott, Jr.

Trustee

Ms. Isabel Cruz

Trustee

Dr. Arnold C. Lewis

Trustee

Mr. Joseph Maceri

Trustee

Ms. Carmen T. Morales

Trustee

Ms. Beth Robinson

Trustee

Mr. Joseph Zarra

Trustee

Johanna L. Wright

Trustee

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

Dr. Anthony E. Munroe

President

Office of the President

Yvette Henry

Executive Director

Human Resources

Mr. Alfred Bundy

Executive Director

Institutional Advancement

Mr. Syrion Jack, Esq.

Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Compliance

Ms. Yvette Jefferies

Director

College Advancement & Foundation

Dr. Keith Kirkland

Dean

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

Dean

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

Ms. Joy Tolliver, Esq.

General Counsel

Office of the General Counsel

Dr. Elvira Vieira

Dean

Community & Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Mr. Evens Wagnac

Deputy CFO

Controller’s Office

 

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.

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

Email: jefferies@essex.edu

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

(1975 N.J. Laws, Chapter 231), Notice of Public Meetings for calendar year

2020 is as follows:

  • January 21 – Main Campus
  • February 18 – Main Campus
  • March 17 – West Essex Campus
  • April 21 – Main Campus
  • May 19 – West Essex Campus
  • June 16 – Main Campus
  • July – No Meeting – Main Campus
  • August – No Meeting
  • September 15 – Main Campus
  • October 20 – Main Campus
  • November 17 – Reorganization Meeting – Main Campus
  • December 15 – Main Campus

 


In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act of the State of New Jersey which permits a public body to exclude the public from that portion of a meeting at which certain topics are discussed, the Board of Trustees of Essex County College shall hold prior to all meetings at 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ (including the March 17 and May 19, 2020 meetings, which will be held at the West Essex Campus, 730 Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ, and the November 19 reorganization of the officers of the Board of Trustees meeting) an Executive Session for discussion, the general nature of which includes, but is not limited to Collective Bargaining Agreements, Pending and Existing Contracts, Litigation, and Personnel Matters.  The discussion of said topics shall be disclosed to the public as soon as reasonable and practicable, bearing in mind the particular subject matter involved.

The Board of Trustees meetings for calendar year 2020 will take place on the third Tuesday of every month as indicated with an Executive Session to take place at 3:00 pm and the Public Meeting will be held at 4:30 pm.

Jeweline Grimes, Secretary