Office of the President

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

Ms. Carmen T. Morales

Trustee

Dr. Arnold C. Lewis

Trustee

Ms. Beth Robinson

Trustee

Ms. Isabel Cruz

Trustee

Johanna L. Wright

Trustee

Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton

Trustee

Mr. Joseph Zarra

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 – 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

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS BY ACTING/INTERIM PRESIDENT DR. AUGUSTINE BOAKYE – AUGUST 24, 2020

(DELIVERED AT OPENING OF CONVOCATION 2020)

 

Good morning and welcome to the official start of the Essex County College 2020-2021 academic year.  As you know, a month ago on July 21st, I was appointed Acting/Interim President and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve this historical institution.

I want to thank Chairwoman Dr. Marion Bolden and each member of the Board of Trustees for their confidence in my ability to step up and lead this great institution.  And, I thank you, the Essex County College family, for your support and for all of the best wishes you have extended to me.

As I embark on this new journey I realize how much work needs to be done during these unprecedented times.  And I want to tell you that, as some of you already know, I am not afraid of hard work. In the short month that I have assumed this position, we have rallied together, faculty and staff, and accomplished a number of things. Together, we can accomplish much more. This truly reflects on our Convocational theme: “We are all in it together”

Our reality today is colored by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As you all know, it has affected the College’s finances, enrollment, and overall well-being.  Let me repeat these key points: Our reality today is colored by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of you should know that the Coronavirus has affected the College’s finances, enrollment, and overall well-being. Directed by CDC Guidelines, state and local health departments, the Governor’s Executive Orders, and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, our efforts are focused on providing students with a quality and affordable education in concert with exceeding the standards of keeping everyone on our campuses safe and healthy.

I would be remiss if I did not request, at this time, a moment of silence.  As we keep still for a few moments, let us remember those whom we have lost – colleagues, loved ones, family, and friends.  And let us pray for those who fell ill to the insidious disease COVID-19 and give thanks for those who have recovered.

In my short time, we have seen some accomplishments including:

– Submission of our Restart Plan to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

– Implementing safety measures across our campuses

– Upgrading facilities and having our staff return to campus on a staggered schedule

Yes, despite the pandemic, the work continues to improve the main campus.

The Fast Track WELCOME CENTER has served over 1,000 students since it opened.  I thank the staff that came forth volunteering their time to serve our students. I especially want to thank Ms. Christina Cook, Counsellor Victor Stolberg, Professor Darlyn Warner, Dr. Eunice Kamunge, and Mr. Hamza Wedam for their willingness to assume multiple roles and help to move the needle from a minus 50% deficit in enrollment to -26%. Similarly, I appreciate everyone who has and is working hard to support the Massive Outreach Campaign either from campus or from home.

Let me also announce our new restrooms will be unveiled shortly with touchless features that will assist us all in maintaining cleanliness and safety. These facilities are also equipped with a modern ventilation system to keep our environment cleaner.

I’m also happy to announce The Center of Teaching and Learning Excellence which will be open to provide you with resources and training.

I would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of our students:

We want to congratulate Ms. Yelitza Perez, Class of 2019, on her well-deserved NASA internship for this fall. Yelitza is currently a student at Rutgers University.

I am proud of the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes. In the 2019-2020 academic year, 9 student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA. 23 student-athletes achieved a 3.50 or better GPA, and 41 achieved at least a 3.00 GPA. 63 percent of the entire department achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of our upcoming fall athletic schedule. We are still ready and able to move on at the appropriate time.

Despite all the COVID-19 interruptions, our faculty continued to provide quality education and our students continued to excel. We certified 895 graduates for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations to all our graduates! We will still have time to celebrate their commencement

I am proud of the outstanding research our faculty is conducting. Engineering faculty member Dr. Teryn Cha delivered a virtual talk on Artificial Intelligence in Taxation at the March 28 Korean-American Women in Science and Engineering NJ-NY annual virtual conference.

Associate Dean Patricia Slade received a national award. The 2019 Distinguished College Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa.

Let me also recognized Assistant Professor/Counselor Victor Stolberg who authored a series of articles that were published in various national publications. Over 60 publications!

Dr. Robert Spellman, Division of Humanities, worked with our Student Life & Activities Office to develop a series of digital motivation tapes for students. These motivation videos were aired over various Social Media platforms.

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Nursing Majuvy Sulse for receiving the Excellence in Nurse Education award from the Philippine Nurses of America, Inc.

The list continues. I have received many accomplishments from faculty, staff, and students and we truly appreciate and honor you. Please keep it up.

To those who have separated with us, especially our retirees such as Professors Shelby Hawkins, Linda Harvest, and Robert Leone, I say thank you.

…………Highlights of Programs and Offerings

Through our Community and Continuing Education area, Training, Inc. Department, in partnership with Bergen Community College, received a $650,000 Apprenticeship Grant for Healthcare.  This will provide training and certification for students in Certified Nurse Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, and Patient Care Technician.

I am pleased that our EOF program, with over 1,000 students, continues to be one of the largest in the state of NJ and has maintained its funding to assist students with resources including funds to cover their tuition as well as other expenses.

We obtained American Bar Association approval to expand our Paralegal Studies (PLS) program to the West Essex Campus.

ECC continues to partner with over 15 high schools in the area offering dual enrollment. Onboard for 2020-2021 are the Newark Board of Education, all three Essex County Technology High Schools, Orange High School, East Orange High School, Belleville High School, and Irvington High School.

Dr. Steplight-Johnson, Director of the Student Development and Career Center, has been the driving force on campus in getting the word out on the importance of the 2020 Census. If you have not yet done so, please fill out your Census 2020 form. The deadline is September 30

Now more than ever, we as the Essex County College community have to build on our social justice programs and activities… these programs have been firmly promoted by Sociology Professor, Dr. Charles Pinderhughes for many years. And our social justice committee is creating programs that will impact the entire Essex County Community

……….Other Important Highlights

Our Strategic Plan is being followed and attention will be focused on academic program assessment.

Wellness Center: The Wellness Center is another key wraparound service designed to provide important assistance to our students.

Student Food Pantry: Our Food Pantry is open and has been a vital resource for our students and their families.

Food Services: We are currently utilizing the services of a food truck, which is on campus daily, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The College is in negotiations for new on-campus food service.

College Store: Operations of our College Store are under the direction of the educational services company Follett. The Store offers a wide array of academic materials and College apparel. Students will be offered digital textbooks on the first day of class.

Our Child Development Center will be open for operations on September 8th.

Also, our West Essex Campus will be in operation to serve our students in the surrounding areas.

 

………My Vision for the Upcoming Year

In a year’s time at the 2021 Convocation, I want to stand before you and commend everyone on a job well done.  I want to stand here proudly stating that this institution has overcome low enrollment, fiscal crisis and that the pandemic could not stop us from doing our best to serve the students.

To do that, we must all focus on moving this institution forward and in serving the community and living the slogan of Students First.  This means:

Faculty engaging with students to help them through the learning process

I want us to create a Mentorship program for all new students.

In the same way, I would like to expand the Progressive Retention Initiative some divisions have practiced and seen results.

Faculty creating new opportunities for the exchange of ideas that will uphold the Middle States Standards.

Staff working in teams to service students collectively through Advisement and guidance of students.

Breaking down barriers to improve communication and decision making that guides the institution into a new era.

I want us to re-engage our alumni to give back to the College and be part of the College decision-making body.

At the heart of the model to serve the students in the Faculty. Faculty make a huge difference in the lives of our students. I ask that you re-engage with the passion that led you to be a teacher, an instructor, a faculty member, and that you infuse this new spirit to create enthusiasm in your classroom via Zoom or Moodle or in person. This indomitable spirit will help us all overcome the stress of these uncertain times and it will provide hope to the next generation.

………Charge to Faculty and Staff

I’m asking each and every one of you to fulfill our mission of putting Students First!

Together we can ensure that our students complete their Associate degree requirements or earn a needed certificate.  This will in turn allow for the personal and socio-economic development of our community.

I am counting on you to make Academic Year 2020- 2021 a pivotal and successful year for the institution. For Fall 2020, all courses will begin remotely for the first week. However, our intention is to bring some courses back on campus and support students. The library and Computer Labs will be open for students to utilize.

……..Closing

Finally, I extend sincere thanks to the Convocation Committee which has worked diligently and creatively to bring the annual kickoff of the academic year to us virtually.

And always remember, our first priority at Essex County College is Students First!

Thank you.

The Convocation 2020 welcoming address was pre-recorded and presented on YouTube