RANDOLPH, NJ — The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting on Nov 17 and elected its officers.

The board reelected Thomas A. Pepe, of Morristown, for a second term as chair; Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq., of Denville, for another term as vice chair; and Paul R. Licitra, of Flanders, for another term as treasurer. George Milonas will serve as secretary.

Appointed to the CCM Board of Trustees was Morris County Executive Superintendent Roger A. Jinks. Reappointed as trustees by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders through 2024 were Licitra, Jack Frost and Dr. Barbara Hadzima. Also continuing their service on the board are Maria Aprile, George Dredden, Lauren Inganamort and Dr. Joseph Weisberg.

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Before retiring, Pepe served as chief financial officer for Communications Strategies, Inc., a family-owned public relations and marketing agency. He also is a member of the CCM Foundation Board of Directors and a council member of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC). Included among his other community involvement, he is a former president of the Patriot’s Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, and serves as trustee of NORWESCAP, the community action program of Northwest New Jersey. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math from Manhattan College and MBA in finance from Adelphi University.

Advokat, a lifelong resident of Morris County, is a senior partner of Advokat & Rosenberg, Esqs. in Morristown, and a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor. Professionally he has tried thousands of matters in all levels of court throughout his 40-year career and has garnered a 95 percent success rate. He has served on the Executive Board of the Pingry School PSPA in Short Hills and has experience in the classroom having taught business law at Caldwell University, the American Institute of Paralegal Studies, the New Jersey Assistant Prosecutor’s Association and the New York Chiropractic College. He earned his juris doctor from Hofstra University, his master’s fellowship in government from the Eagleton Institute of Rutgers University and his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers. He currently serves on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Communications and Education Committee. He also is a frequent lecturer for ACCT on the topic of board ethics. Advokat has published on a number of topics, is a regular on talk radio and has appeared on television, including the Phil Donahue Show.

Licitra currently serves as office administrator for Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths and as the Sergeant of Arms for the New Jersey Senate. He also possesses extensive experience in insurance spanning more than 45 years and covering all aspects of risk management for large domestic and international clients. In the public sector, he served as mayor of Mount Olive from 2000-04 after serving eight years on the Township Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, where he also taught as an adjunct professor in the Tobin College of Business. He also currently serves on the ACCT Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, which is charged with reviewing public policy issues and recommending positions, the NJCCC State and Federal Policy Committee and the board of directors for the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Milonas, a lifelong resident of Morris County, is a corporate sector professional specializing in the oversight of regulatory compliance programs. He received his master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Centenary University and his associate degree in criminal justice from CCM.

During the reorganization meeting, the CCM Board of Trustees recognized Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan for her service as trustee and offered its congratulations on her appointment as the New Jersey Commissioner of Education.

 

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