December 19, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that the College’s Foundation is receiving a $50,000 personal donation from longtime HCCC Foundation Board of Directors member, Philip Johnston.
Mr. Johnston announced his gift at the HCCC Foundation’s Gala Fundraiser on Thursday, December 5, 2019. “As you walk through life, it’s good to look back and give somebody a helping hand,” he stated.
“We are extremely grateful to Phil Johnston for this extraordinary gift, and thankful for the generosity and commitment he has provided to the College and our students for two decades,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “This gift will go a very long way in benefiting our students.”
“Phil’s tireless support of the school and its students is both generous and inspiring”, said Richard W. Mackiewicz, Jr., Esq., the Foundation’s current Chair. “Foundations such as the one at Hudson County Community College are ever appreciative of ‘doers or donors’ and in Phil, it has that rare breed of one who is both a doer and donor.”
Mr. Johnston is a native of Kearny, NJ who began his career in telecommunications at Bell New Jersey/ATT and Litton Industries. In 1977, he founded Johnston Communications Voice and Data and grew the company into the largest, privately owned vendor of communications systems in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Johnston served as President of the organization until a little over a year ago when he retired and sold the company (now known as JCT Solutions).
Philip Johnston joined the HCCC Foundation Board of Directors in January 2000, and was Chair from 2010 to 2012. He serves on the Foundation’s Executive, Finance, Nominating, Strategic Planning, and Golf Committees.
He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Local Pioneer Boys of America and West Hudson/South Bergen Optimist Club.