Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees Announce Appointment of New President

Posted: 5/9/2018
Contact: Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061, -- Roger Jones, 201-200-1080,

Christopher M. Reber, Ph.D. appointed new HCCC President at May 8 Board meeting

May 8, 2018 / Jersey City, NJ – William J. Netchert, Esq., Chair of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Board of Trustees announced that this evening, the Trustees appointed Christopher M. Reber, Ph.D. to serve as the next President of the College. Dr. Reber will be installed to that office effective July 1, 2018. He is succeeding Glen Gabert, Ph.D. who is retiring from HCCC after more than 25 years as President.


Mr. Netchert said Dr. Reber was chosen from several candidates in a national search that began in January and was conducted by the Association of Community College Trustees. The search committee was chaired by HCCC Trustee, the Honorable Judge Kevin Callahan. HCCC Trustee Vice Chair Bakari J. Lee, Esq. served as Vice Chair of the search committee. Staff members of the College, as well as Hudson County community stakeholders, served as committee members.

The College was looking for an experienced leader with a record of excellence and innovation to continue building upon the framework that has been established during Dr. Gabert’s tenure, and Dr. Reber is that individual,” Mr. Netchert said.


In its search document, the College stated it was seeking “an educational leader with firsthand knowledge of emerging trends in higher education and technology, who is also diplomatic, compassionate, and capable of overseeing this multi-campus urban institution located in the highly competitive New York City metropolitan area.”


Dr. Reber has devoted his 37-year career to higher education. He is currently President of Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) near Pittsburgh, PA, having assumed office there in July 2014. At CCBC Dr. Reber focused on growth and meeting the needs of students and the community. He led new initiatives in support of a student-centered learning environment; strategic enrollment management; regional partnerships; career and educational pathways, diversity, advancement and grant development, and continuous improvement. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.

Before arriving at CCBC, Dr. Reber served for 12 years as the Executive Dean of Venango College of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he was the chief executive and academic officer. His career also includes 18 years at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he served on the senior management team as the Chief Development, University Relations, and Alumni Affairs Officer during a successful $50 million capital campaign; and Chief Student Affairs Officer during a period of major college growth.


Dr. Reber holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Dickinson College, a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.


We want to thank the members of the search committee for assisting us in finding and selecting such a well-qualified candidate, and ensuring that the process was open, democratic and fair,” Mr. Netchert stated. He mentioned that the process involved screening resumes and CVs and conducting video interviews with the more than a dozen candidates selected from the several dozen who applied; then holding a series of community meetings with each of the three, final, outstanding candidates (where attendees were able to question the candidates and anonymously provide their opinions of the candidates); and finally, conducting formal interviews with the Trustees. Chairman Netchert said: “The diligence used in the selection of Dr. Reber shows that the greater good of the community and the College was clearly foremost in the search committee’s work.”


We look forward to working with Dr. Reber in continuing to grow Hudson County Community College in a manner that focuses on the needs of our community and is based in excellence,” Mr. Netchert said.