PARAMUS, N.J. -- The Board of Trustees at Bergen Community College (BCC) will conduct a national search for the two-year institution's eighth president in the coming months, as its current leader, President Michael D. Redmond, retires on December 31 capping off a 38-year career at the college.
As trustees locate a permanent replacement as Redmond's successor, Anthony Ross, the college's current interim vice president of student affairs, will serve as the interim president effective January 1.
“Bergen has given me a great life,” said Redmond in a press release. “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,” said Board of Trustees Chair Gerard L. Carroll. “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."
Among Redmond's many accomplishments, he led the college through significant reform efforts, which included a reorganization of the executive team and academic and administrative units, as well as worked to stabilize the institution’s finances, human resources, and the Bergen Community College Foundation, according to a news release from the college.
He fortified ties with government officials, donors, and community members by way of extending invitations to the campus, keeping communication consistent. Through its partnership with Ellucian, a Virginia-based software company that provides technology solutions designed for the modern student to meet the needs of higher education, BCC has designed a more user-focused environment for students, faculty and staff.
A previous honoree of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, President Redmond began his tenure with the college in 1981, serving as a philosophy and religion professor before working his way up to executive vice president, chief information officer, and dean of arts and humanities before taking the helm as president in 2017.
A search committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members will lead the vetting, interview, and selection of candidates.
“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.”
Trustees tapped Ross as the college's interim president on December 3. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in counseling from St. Lawrence University and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Northern Arizona University. He previously served as interim president at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri after he served as vice president for student affairs at California State University in Los Angeles, where he had worked as an associate professor in the Charter College of Education for more than 10 years.
“Bergen has re-imagined itself under President Redmond,” said Ross. “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.”