NJ College Presidents and Dignitaries Visit Campus to Celebrate
Blackwood, NJ – On Thursday, April 6th, Camden County College will welcome its Fifth President, Donald A. Borden, in an academic ceremony. Students, faculty, dignitaries, and delegates from all of the NJ community colleges and local universities will gather in the Dennis Flyer Theater of Lincoln Hall on the Blackwood campus to support President Borden in his new leadership role. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.
President Borden’s appointment as President of CCC was announced via press conference last June. In academia, presidents are usually inaugurated several months later in an academic ceremony. President Borden chose to tone down the pomp and circumstance of the event, add more students to the agenda, and focus on addressing the state of the College and the direction the College will take moving forward.
“Our continued success is due in great measure to our faculty, who are committed to ensuring our students’ dreams are fulfilled,” states President Borden. “They are the foundation that will ultimately continue our tradition of developing minds, enhancing skills, and enriching the lives of thousands of students who will leave here to achieve success in a myriad of ways.”
The event begins with two long held traditions: a musical procession of works and the presentation of the College Mace and Presidential Medallion. After the national anthem and invocation, new traditions will begin.
As part of President Borden’s desire to foster student involvement and his desire to always put students at the forefront, students from the College’s performing arts and music programs will be offering entertainment to excite the community about a prosperous future. Additionally, three student government members were chosen to speak on behalf of the student body: Business Administration major, Vanessa Inigo of Clementon, Elementary and Secondary Education Major, Katelynn Rozzell of Pine Hill, and Chemistry and Mathematics Major, Zachary Weintraut of Sicklerville.
Other speakers include Math Professor and President of the CCC Faculty Association, Dr. Kelly Jackson, President of the Camden County College Board of Trustees, John Hanson, and the Honorary Dr. Ed McDonnell, Deputy Director of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to walk through the Marlin Art Gallery and the Campus Sculpture Garden to peruse the powerful art and sculptures on display. Camden County College welcomes its 5th President on its 50th Anniversary with a new sculpture—Rise to Excellence. The sculpture will be unveiled between Roosevelt and Taft Hall to commemorate the momentous installation of President Borden.