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BCC President To Retire, Trustees Launch Search For Replacement

Patch logo Patch 12/6/2019 Kimberly Redmond
a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Michael Redmond © Bergen Community College Michael Redmond

PARAMUS, NJ – With the upcoming retirement Bergen Community College’s president, officials have begun to search for the school’s next leader.

Michael Redmond will step down from his post on Dec. 31 after being part of the college’s community for nearly 40 years.

A former NISOD Excellence Award honoree, Redmond served the institution in numerous roles since 1981. During his 38-year career, which began as a philosophy and religion professor, he provided leadership as executive vice president, chief information officer and dean of arts and humanities. Redmond has led the College as its chief administrator since June 2017.

“Bergen has given me a great life,” he said. “I'm honored to retire as president and proud of what we have accomplished together.”

“President Redmond has made an indelible impact on Bergen Community College for nearly 40 years,” Board of Trustees Chair Gerard L. Carroll said. “His work as an administrator, faculty member and, now, president has made a profound difference on the institution and in the lives of students, faculty and staff. On behalf of the board of trustees, I thank him for leadership and service to the College.”

“Bergen has reimagined itself under President Redmond,” he said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to continue this transformative work and maintain the momentum established in the last few years as the College prepares to hire its eighth president.”

To prepare for Bergen Community College's nationwide search for its eighth president, the board of trustees developed a process to stay organized, as well as a profile outlining the qualifications sought of Bergen's next executive leader, according to the school.

The process will feature a search committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members that will lead the vetting, interview and selection of candidates, the school said.

“As an institution selected as an Aspen Institute College Excellence Program nominee, home to a former U.S. Professor of the Year and the number one college for associate degree graduates in New Jersey, Bergen remains one of the nation’s most attractive presidencies,” Carroll said. “We look forward to meeting the diverse pool of visionary leaders who apply for the position.”

Anthony Ross, the college’s interim vice president of student affairs, will serve as interim president from Jan. 1, 2020 until a replacement is hired.

Ross brings experience as an interim president to Bergen, previously holding the same role at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley in Kansas City, Missouri for more than a year.

Prior to that appointment, Ross served as the vice president for student affairs at California State University – Los Angeles, where he worked since 2000 in various capacities including as an associate professor in the Charter College of Education.

Ross also held leadership roles at Edison Schools, Wichita State University, Northern Arizona University and St. Lawrence University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in counseling from St. Lawrence and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Northern Arizona.

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