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College Overview

Bergen Community College (“Bergen” or “the College”) invites nominations and applications for its next president. Bergen seeks a visionary leader with strong academic credentials, a commitment to student success, an entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership and administrative skills, an open communication style, a commitment to the region and community, great energy and the personal integrity to inspire the College community. The new president must foster a collegial and collaborative environment that supports academic excellence. Candidates should have a history of academic leadership and documented accomplishments in creating and supporting a climate of openness, understanding and mutual respect.

This seasoned leader will succeed President Dr. Michael D. Redmond, a former executive vice president, dean and faculty member who served the College for nearly 40 years. Dr. Redmond initiated significant reform at the institution, reorganizing the executive team and academic and administrative units, while working to stabilize the College’s finances, enrollment and human resources. Under Dr. Redmond’s leadership, and with Ellucian as a partner, Bergen has reimagined its approach to technology, creating a more user-focused, stable environment for students, faculty and staff. The next president must capitalize on this transformational time at the institution by advancing the work completed during Dr. Redmond’s tenure and following through on the strategic vision established during the last three years.

The 12-person College Board of Trustees carries the responsibility for the governance of the College and fulfillment of its mission, including selecting the institution’s eighth president.

Institutional Overview

Since Bergen’s establishment in Paramus by the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1963 and its subsequent opening in 1968, seven presidents have led the State of New Jersey’s largest community college, prioritizing the hallmarks of a community college education: quality, access and affordability for all who seek lifelong learning opportunities.

More than 740,000 students have taken classes at Bergen, with countless others visiting for community and cultural events. The College ranks No. 1 in the State for associate degree graduates; alumni have attended the country’s most prestigious universities, including all eight Ivy League institutions. Bergen currently enrolls approximately 13,000 credit students in A.A., A.S., A.A.S., certi ficate and certificate of achievement programs. Approximately 5,800 students are enrolled in noncredit, ESL or professional courses through the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, the Institute for Learning in Retirement and the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center.

Forty-five percent of students represent ethnic minorities, with women comprising 51 percent of the student population. The College has received the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation with more than one quarter of its students identified as Hispanic. Because of its location, academic programs and reputation, the College attracts students from over 130 different countries with the largest group of non- U.S. citizens hailing from Korea, Turkey, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

More than 58 percent of students receive financial aid, totaling $43 million in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, in 2018, Bergen became one of the State’s selected “pilot” institutions for its Community College Opportunity Grant, a tuition-free college initiative for residents with adjusted gross household incomes of $45,000 or less. The program supported the education of more than 500 students in its first semester; the State renewed the program in 2019 and raised the household AGI to $65,000. Aid also comes from the Bergen Community College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an independent, community-based board of directors. The Foundation builds partnerships to help advance Bergen’s strategic plan for creating transformative student learning experiences and accentuating its greatest strengths and areas of potential impact.

Students receive further support from resources such as the Henry and Edith Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, which has twice earned recognition as the “tutoring center of the year.” Additional resources include an international student center, a center for health, wellness and personal counseling and a robust student life program.

Bergen serves the most populous county in New Jersey with more than 900,000 residents, a strong healthcare system and top employers such as BMW, Stryker and Unilever. The College’s Paramus main campus features vast physical resources including the Technology Education Center (opened 2003), the region’s only Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center (opened 2016) and the nation- leading STEM Student Research Center (opened 2019). Bergen will add a new culinary arts center in Hackensack, a revolutionary one-stop and outdoor classroom in the next few years. Campus locations in Hackensack (the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center) and Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) offer additional accessible options for county residents.

The College’s personnel represent an institutional strength, highlighted by the 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year, as named by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Bergen maintains strong labor leadership and a tradition of fostering a collaborative environment within a collectively-bargained, shared governance model. Faculty and staff remain active in research and public service, and, in 2018, secured new grants totaling over $13 million.

With a total operating budget of $156.4 million — and approximately 90 percent (not including student aid/grants) allocated to academics, academic support, institutional support and student services — the College relies heavily on student tuition and fees due to systemic declines in State/county funding.

Accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools was last affirmed in spring 2016. The College’s current strategic plan includes major goals related to improving student engagement/success, expanding/improving key programs/processes and maintaining sound fiscal stewardship.

For more information on Bergen Community College, visit http://www.bergen.edu/

Quick Facts

Degrees and Awards

  • Associate of Arts -- 2 years
  • Associate of Science -- 2 years
  • Associate of Applied Science -- 2 years
  • Associate in Fine Arts -- 2 years
  • Certificate Programs

Accreditation

  • The Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Tuition and Fees Fiscal Year 2019

  • Bergen County Resident: $144.25/credit hour
  • Out-of-County Resident: $296.50/credit hour
  • Out-of-State Resident: $312.00/credit hour
  • Student Fees: $42.00

Student Financial Aid 2017-2018

  • Federal Grants: $21,717,089
  • Federal Loans: $16,383,151
  • State Grants: $4,941,241
  • State Loans: $121,718
  • State Awards: $328,095
  • Institutional Funds: $292,494

Degrees/Certificates Awarded (GY2018)

  • Associate of Arts: 251
  • Associate of Science: 1551
  • Associate of Applied Science: 365
  • Associate of Fine Arts: 8
  • Certificates: 68
  • Total Degrees/Certificates Awarded: 2243

Physical Facilities

  • Paramus Main Campus Site
  • Bergen at the Meadowlands
  • The Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center

General Characteristics Fall 2018

  • Total Credit Enrollment: 13,352
  • Credit Student FTE: 10,763
  • Degree Seeking Students: 12,358 (92.6%)

Statistics for Fall Semester 2018

  • Full-Time Students: 7320 (54.8%)
  • Part-Time Students: 6032 (45.2%)
  • Average age: 23.8
  • Median Age: 21.0

Campus Profiles

Paramus
Centrally located in Paramus, Bergen’s main campus reflects the College’s mission to provide affordable, diverse and flexible academic offerings for students at all levels of learning. Venues such as the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre, the School of Continuing Education and the Moses Family Meeting & Training Center are all located here.

The Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center
Whether your goal is to enroll in college, advance your career, or begin a lifelong learning adventure, our classes are designed to help you.  If improving English is your goal, our comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program takes you from the basics to college-level academic work. If your goal is to complete your high-school education, you can prepare for High School Equivalency (HSE) exam right here and take the test on site.  If your goal is to pursue an academic college program we provide classes and the services to support you on the path to earning your degree. Finally, our continuing education options are designed to prepare students for jobs in the region’s service-sector economy. The options are endless!

Bergen at the Meadowlands

The mission of Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands is to provide an affordable and quality education that gives students a competitive advantage in the global marketplace and access to the best employment opportunities. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands offers a convenient and flexible educational environment that promotes lifelong learning and achievement closer to home.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

To inspire our community to realize a better future.

Vision

Bergen Community College will be a dynamic partner by bridging potential with opportunities for educational, professional and personal growth.

Values

To fulfill the vision and mission of Bergen Community College, these core values will guide our daily endeavors:  Learning • Excellence • Integrity • Respect • Creativity

Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Redmond and the executive staff have developed a reorganization plan instrumental to the College’s future. The first phase of executing this plan, currently underway, has yielded positive results in the areas of reforming the institution’s approach to assessment, human resources and finances. As an experienced higher education leader, Bergen’s next president must continue to operationalize this plan and maintain the institution’s current trajectory committed to progress and innovation. 

Additionally, the president has the opportunity to embrace a unique, evolving and highly competitive urban-metropolitan community. Bergen’s tradition of excellence, reflected in its academic programs - including its robust health professions and STEM curricula, the top Phi Theta Kappa chapter in the world and cutting-edge facilities - presents the next president with a multitude of high-level resources at his or her disposal. 

The president must provide fair, respectful and transparent leadership for the College while recognizing and encouraging the vast accomplishments and talents of students, faculty and staff. This leader must continue to foster collaboration, trust and respect throughout the Bergen community with a willingness to create cross-functional groups free of organizational or departmental silos. 

Bergen boasts considerable ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural and human diversity; the president must embrace this characteristic and leverage it as one of the institution’s defining elements. 

Separately, the president will need to confront numerous local and national challenges — including those related to finances in light of declining public funding and enrollment. The president must explore and then nurture diverse revenue sources through public funds, the private sector, enrollment strategies and the Bergen Community College Foundation. While the College’s short-term financial picture has markedly improved due to measures implemented by Dr. Redmond and the executive team, increasing pressures and changing economic conditions will undoubtedly challenge Bergen in the intermediate- and long-term. 

Further, the institution’s next chief leader must enhance the College’s role in community stewardship and strengthen Bergen’s reputation as a valuable community resource among local, regional and State influencers. The president has a responsibility to promote Bergen as a vital community partner with a strong reputation as an institution of choice, while leveraging those contacts to develop resources that best fit the area’s economic development. 

Finally, the president will need to address matters related to assisting students — both prospective and current — as it relates to their entry, retention and graduation from the institution. This leader must have a strong, student-centered focus and the wherewithal to address existing barriers that impact their success at all stages of the enrollment management puzzle.

Sought After Characteristics

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate from a regionally accredited university, and possess at least seven years of administrative experience, including at least three years in a senior leadership position.

Preferred Characteristics

  • Significant academic leadership in community colleges;
  • Financial management, fundraising and community relations experience;
  • Knowledge of and experience with transfer, career, technical and developmental education;
  • Seasoned in the philosophy and practices of generating successful workforce and economic development initiatives;
  • Experience navigating academic institutions with a collectively bargained workforce;
  • Knowledge and clear understanding of developing technologies at educational institutions with a demonstrated ability to lead such projects successfully;
  • Prowess in interfacing and building relationships with local, county, State and national governmental leaders;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with State and national councils/associations to advance the mission of the College.

Ideal Characteristics

The president improves the quality of life and economic well-being of the College’s students and the Bergen County community by providing access to a quality learning environment and fostering student success. The next president will possess a track record of achievements as demonstrated by the following characteristics:

  • Carries significant experience as a leader and administrator committed to effectively advocating for students’ access, success and completion;
  • Maintains a commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion while possessing an understanding of the range of human experiences;
  • Effectively manages the physical, mental and emotional wellness of students;
  • Possesses the ability to develop and expand partnerships with K-12 educational institutions, colleges and universities;
  • Represents a visible, accessible and active member of the community;
  • Provides sound fiscal and resource management while exercising economic prudence;
  • Actively listens and possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates integrity, ethicality and honesty in actions and decisions;
  • Fundraises with vigor and expertise, obtaining resources through private gifts, entrepreneurial activities and grants;
  • Understands and carries a passionate commitment to the comprehensive community college mission;
  • Leans on past experience of leading innovative projects at educational institutions and maintain high standards of excellence;
  • Has an appreciation of in-house expertise and contributions of faculty and staff, while exhibiting a desire to earn and command their respect;
  • Sets the overall tone for the institution and help ensure a collaborative, informed and unified working environment for faculty and staff;
  • Resides in Bergen County and have a familiarity with the Tri-State area, New Jersey and the region at-large.

Position Brochure

Application Process

Please direct inquiries and nominations to the College’s search consultant: Angela Provart, President Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E Springfield, IL 62711, Phone: 217-241-5400, Fax: 217-241-5401, E-mail: aprovart@paulygroup.com.

Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as Adobe Acrobat or MS Word attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Minimum Qualifications and Preferred Characteristics; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, March 30, 2020 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant. 

Note: There is an Interim President in place, but is not applying for the permanent position.

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