Office of the President

 

Dr. Augustine Boakye, Acting, Interim President of Essex County College

Dr. Augustine Boakye is Essex County College’s 9th President, assuming the leadership position on July 21, 2020. Dr. Boakye started his Essex County College career in 2009 as an Associate Professor of Economics. In 2013, he was named Chair of the Division of Business. For the past year, he has served as Acting Dean of Liberal Arts and Business while also continuing his role as Business Division Chair.

 

Dr. Boakye is the former Regional Chair of Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and continues to represent  Region 1 at the ACBSP national level. He has provided educational consultancy services and worked in many higher educational institutions including New Jersey Institute of Technology, Strayer University, Rider University, and Brookdale Community College.

Having served as an educator for two decades, an Academic Dean, a Chairperson, a Consultant and Regional leader of ACBSP Accreditation, Dr. Boakye has exemplified true leadership in his career and loves to share educational best practices and engage community members to be well educated. Dr. Boakye recently received the International Teaching Excellence Award from the International Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). While serving as Business Division Chair, Dr. Boakye spearheaded efforts in securing accreditation from the ACBSP, one of only two community colleges in the state to be so recognized.

 

Dr. Boakye brings to his new position international teaching, research, and working experiences. He recently received the International Teaching Excellence Award of ACBSP at the Associate Degree level.

 

Under the leadership of Dr. Boakye, Essex County College received the American Bar Association (ABA) Extension Approval for the Paralegal Program (A.S.). Also, he championed the creation of new academic programs such as the A.S. in Finance, A.S. in Supply Chain Management (SCM), Certificate in SCM/Logistics & Business Professional Certificate. He also introduced Business Week, the Business Plan Competition, and championed Financial Literacy in the College. Dr. Boakye has served as an Advisor of the Student Government Association (SGA) since fall 2011.

 

He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.

 
 

Dr. Augustine Boakye

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

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.

The Essex County College Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation authorized and established by the Trustees of Essex County College. Its mission is to collaborate with the administration of Essex County College to secure resources to help the College fulfill its mission and help students benefit from the institution’s activities.

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.

 

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Essex County College Foundation Board

Reginald Davis, Chair

Michael Minor, Vice Chair

Doris Gonzalez, Treasurer

Dr. Leila Sadeghi, Secretary

Dr. Kalisha Harris Morgan

Joseph Maceri, Esq.

Karen McMullen

Geraldine Mehu-Moore

Lissette Morales

Andrea Randall-Gonzalez

Stephen Schnall

Johanna Wright

A. Zachary Yamba, President Emeritus


 

Contact Information

Yvette Jefferies

Director of College Advancement and Foundation

Phone: (973)877-3006

Email: jefferies@essex.edu

 

 

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.

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 21 – Special Virtual Conference 
  • 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 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