August 24, 2017, Jersey City,
NJ – The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Board of Trustees announced
that September marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dr. Glen Gabert’s term as
the College’s President. Dr. Gabert is
the longest-serving President in the College’s history, and the longest serving
current community college president in New Jersey.
HCCC Board Chair William J. Netchert, Esq. said: “Glen Gabert
transformed Hudson County Community College from a deeply distressed entity to
an institution of first choice for local residents seeking a higher
Our Board is proud
of what we have achieved in working with Dr. Gabert; for the people of Hudson
County – and most especially our students – it has been life-changing.”
Mr. Netchert said
that at the time Dr. Gabert was installed in 1992, he was the fifth president
or acting president to serve Hudson County Community College in three years.
The College had experienced interventions
by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher
Education and Middle States. The Board of Trustees had been asked to resign.
There were discussions about dividing HCCC between two nearby county colleges
... or closing it altogether. There was little confidence for HCCC within the
institution and the community, and that manifested itself with a total
enrollment of just 3,076 students.
Under Dr. Gabert’s leadership,
Hudson County Community College has become an award-winning institution that
is student- and
community-centered, and focused on fostering understanding and attaining success.
With nearly 13,000 students (2016 unduplicated headcount), HCCC is now the
largest of the four higher-education institutions in Hudson County. Further, the
2017 Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 120 of 2,200 U.S.
higher education institutions for social mobility – the only community college
in New Jersey’s top ten.
In 1992, HCCC owned one facility – a
classroom/office building with about 11,000 square feet of space. During Dr. Gabert’s presidency, Hudson County
Community College has raised more than $300 million for capital projects, most
of which helped contribute to the development of the Journal Square area. HCCC now
has two fully accredited campuses: Journal Square (Jersey City) Campus, with 12
HCCC-owned buildings (the 13th – the $30 million, 70,070 sq. ft.
HCCC STEM Building – will be dedicated this September); and the 117,000-sq.
ft., seven-story, stand-alone North Hudson Campus (Union City) building. (A
third campus is scheduled to open in Secaucus in 2018; and a new eight-story
tower with student center and gym on the Journal Square campus will open in
2020.) All the College’s buildings are state-of-the-art and energy efficient. All
of the expansion was done without incurring any debt, and not one dollar of
tuition or fees goes to pay debt service.
In 1992, HCCC was largely focused on
developmental education programs. Fall 2017 course offerings include more than
60 degree and certificate programs – signature Culinary Arts/Hospitality
Management, STEM, Nursing, Health Sciences courses, as well as ESL studies plus
Business, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Homeland Security, and
Studio Arts/Computer Arts programs, plus new Computer Science A.S. with
Cybersecurity Option, Construction Management A.A.S., and Supply Chain
Management and Personal Fitness Training certificates.
HCCC Culinary Arts program is ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice
Schools, and, with 93.75% of graduates passing the NCLEX first time out, the HCCC
Nursing program is ranked number four among all New Jersey associate-degree,
Registered Nursing programs.
The acclaimed HCCC student success
programs shepherd students from enrollment through commencement. Graduates go
on to attend: Saint Peter’s, New Jersey City, Caldwell, Drew, Fairleigh
Dickinson, Rutgers and William Paterson Universities, and New Jersey and
Stevens Institutes of Technology; Baruch and Smith Colleges; Carnegie Mellon,
Columbia, Cornell, Johnson & Wales, New York, Penn State, Purdue, Stanford,
and Texas A&M Universities; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and UCLA and
has robust financial assistance and scholarship programs; less than 20% of
students pay full tuition. The HCCC Foundation, instituted in 1997, has awarded
more than $3 million in scholarships. The Foundation also supports and/or funds:
a transitional skills program for new students; seed money for innovative
programs; stipends for faculty development; free special events for the
community (including the HCCC Lecture Series, LGBTQIA Pride Conference, art
exhibits, community and family events); and capital for the College’s physical
In 2006, the HCCC Foundation Art
Collection was created. Each dollar contributed to the Collection is matched by
the HCCC Foundation and the College itself. The Collection now includes over
1,000 works of art (paintings, sculpture, photographs, craft pottery and
ephemera) by noted New Jersey and U.S. artists which are displayed in public
spaces and offices of all HCCC buildings.
In March 2015, Dr. Gabert formed a
Cultural Affairs Task Force, and that September launched the HCCC Department of
Cultural Affairs, which began year-round organizing and providing the community
with art exhibits and a performing arts series free of charge, plus trips to
sports and theater events at greatly reduced costs.
In September 2015, HCCC opened the Gallery
named in honor of Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull, who donated 400
New Jersey artists, and by other artists who have achieved national and international
County Community College has been recognized on the national and regional basis
during Dr. Gabert’s term of office. Among
the more recent awards: the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 2016
Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
presented to the HCCC Library, the first in New Jersey to ever receive the
2012 Northeast Regional Charles Kennedy
Equity and 2012 Northeast Regional Professional Board Staff Member Awards from
Association of Community College Trustees; being named as one of five U.S.
finalists for 2013 Awards of Excellence for Student Success, and one of four
U.S. finalists for 2015 Awards of Excellence for Advancing Diversity from the
American Association of Community Colleges; winner of the 2014 National
Tutoring Association Excellence in Tutoring Award; winner of New Jersey
Business & Industry Association’s New Good Neighbor Awards in 2009 for the
HCCC Culinary Conference Center, in 2012 for the North Hudson Higher Education
Center, and in 2015 for the Library Building; the Hudson County Planning Board
2010 Smart Growth Gold Award; 2015 Green Emerald Award for Urban Green Project
for the Library Building; and HCCC was named one of the nation’s leading urban
institutions by MetLife.
development programs and cooperative alliances with private and governmental
organizations also prepare area residents for employment. The College’s Center
for Business & Industry is the area leader in developing and delivering
educational classes and programs for businesses, organizations and individuals.
A native of Chicago, Dr.
Gabert was awarded his Ph.D. from Loyola University, where he was a member of
the faculty and a Schmitt Fellow. He holds a post-doctoral M.B.A. from the
Graduate School of Management at Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Mo.), a
master’s degree from Notre Dame University (where he was a Hearst Fellow), and
a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University. He is a member of Alpha Sigma
Nu, and a recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society Service Key. Dr. Gabert began his community college career
at Moraine Valley Community College in the metropolitan Chicago area, and went
on to serve as Dean at Johnson County Community College in suburban Kansas City,
Active in several professional
and community organizations, Dr. Gabert is a past Vice Chair and present member
of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is also: a member of the New Jersey
Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) Facilities Committee and past chair of the
NJCCC Presidents; a past member of the Board of Directors of the international
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; a member of the Executive
Committee of the Presidents Academy of the American Association of Community
Colleges (AACC); and a past member of the AACC Commission on Diversity. Dr. Gabert was the 2007 Meadowlands Chamber
of Commerce Educator of the Year, a 2012 recipient of the Hudson County Chamber
of Commerce Legends Award, a 2013 Hudson County Boys and Girls Club Distinguished
Awardee, and the Dante Alighieri Society 2014 Man of the Year. This spring, he was Grand Marshal of the Jersey
City 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“The accomplishments realized
during Glen Gabert’s presidency are a great source of pride to all of us who
work with him,” Mr. Netchert stated. “However, I know Glen considers our
students’ success his greatest achievement and his true legacy.”