CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden City School District’s advisory board elected N'Namdee Nelson as Vice President during Wednesday’s monthly virtual meeting.
Board member Elton Custis made the motion, and it was seconded by Falio Leyba-Martinez.
“I would just like to say thank you to all my board members for entrusting me as Vice President,” Nelson said at the start of the meeting. “I’m looking forward to continuing to serve together in the leadership role and making sure that we help our new president fulfill issues and serve in our community...both our students and our administration.”
Nelson will be stepping into the role left vacant by Minister Wasim Muhammad — who took over for the late Martha Wilson in April as board president.
Born and raised in the city of Camden, Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Ursinus College and a master’s of public administration from Rutgers University.
He also serves as the executive director of Rising Leaders Global — a local non-profit geared toward guiding teenagers and young adults through a variety of resources including mentorship and access to employment training.
Karen Merricks was also tapped by Mayor Frank Moran to fulfill the empty slot on the board — an appointment that was made May 18 and announced Wednesday.
It was necessary for Moran to appoint Merricks, General Counsel Sam Price explained, since Wilson joined the board in the same manner.
A background check is currently underway for Merricks, who is expected to be sworn in during the June 16 school board meeting.
A spokesperson said the district is permitted to carry out a “virtual swearing-in” ceremony for Merricks if necessary. She was not immediately available for comment.