Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe to become president of Bronx Community College

The Cumberland County College Board of Trustees has announced the resignation of the college's president, Dr. Thomas A. Isekenegbe who has accepted the position of president at Bronx Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system.

Dr. Isekenegbe has served as Cumberland County College's president since 2009 when he was first appointed to an interim position. He was officially inaugurated as the college's sixth president in 2010.

"I love Cumberland and our community, and making this decision has been very difficult," Dr. Isekenegbe said.

"I am proud of the work we have accomplished at Cumberland, and am confident that the team in place will continue on the pathway to increased student success. This is a strong institution with the most talented and dedicated staff I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and I am confident that the college is in good hands."

In announcing the resignation, trustee chair Ginger Chase thanked Dr. Isekenegbe for his leadership, and assures the community that a process to name an interim and to find the next president is already coming together.

"We are fortunate to have such a solid institution anchored by great faculty, staff and committed Board of Trustees," she said. "Our college is nationally recognized with an excellent program, incredible campus, and superb facilities. I'm certain this position will be highly desired."

Chase pointed out that Dr. Isekenegbe is the latest in a succession of Cumberland presidents who went on from here to lead prominent institutions in the nation's largest metropolitan areas (Dr. Chip Chapdelaine to Rock Valley College. Dr. Kenneth Ender to Harper College. Both are in suburban Chicago.)

"It says something special about our college and the things we're accomplishing here," said Chase. "We are honored that these large colleges have looked to Cumberland to find their next leaders."

A special trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7 to take the next steps in Cumberland's succession process.

Cumberland County College, the first community college in New Jersey to have its own campus, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016.