As the County College of Morris (CCM) Board and Staff, along with County and State officials, proceeded to the college gymnasium, the walkways were lined with students cheering, clapping and holding up home made signs representing their different organizations. Big cut out heads of President Iacono were also being held up while music played, all in celebration of a new President that has made an obvious impact.
Freeholder Christine Myers had this to say, "Tony has already won over the hearts and minds of the students as well as the faculty."
In total, more than 400 faculty, staff, students, alumni, elected officials and family members gathered at CCM on Friday, October 6th, to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Anthony J. Iacono as the college’s third president.
Senator Joe Pennacchio who was an honored speaker had this to say, "I was proud to lend my voice to the chorus of accolades for Dr. Iacona upon being inaugurated as President Of Morris County Community College. Dr. Iacona brings a youthful spirit of excitement and purposeful direction to the crown jewel of New Jersey State Community Colleges."
Other honored speakers included Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and Freeholder Doug Cabana.
Tony’s wife Deborah ( an elementary school teacher) and wife of 24 years – introduced her husband. Together they have 4 children..The inaugural address was given by the president of SUNY, Ulster, Alan P. Roberts, ED.D. who is President Iacono's best friend. Coincidentally, CCM's first President, Dr. Sermon Masten was part of the founding efforts of SUNY, Ulster.
CCM consistently ranks at the top of the charts of community colleges in NJ. Last year the college won a national award for it’s cyber security program. It also has strong programs in STEM, Liberal Arts and a growing emphasis on work force development.