College Hosts Lunch for Local Leaders

PARAMUS, N.J. – As part of the institution’s 50th anniversary celebration, Bergen Community College hosted more than two dozen elected officials for “A Legislative Lunch” April 12 at its main campus to strengthen ties with its federal, state, county and municipal officials. The event featured a discussion on the mission of community colleges like Bergen, lunch prepared by culinary students and tours of the College’s campus. Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., (pictured) and New Jersey Council of County Colleges President Aaron Fichtner, Ph.D., both provided remarks. Additional attendees were:

  • Victor Anaya, Executive Director of Finance, Bergen Community College
  • Hadar Arazi, Aide, Rep. Josh Gottheimer
  • John Birkner, Mayor, Westwood
  • Dotty Blakeslee, Trustee Treasurer, Bergen Community College
  • Kathy Canestrino, Deputy Mayor, Hackensack
  • Francesco Caramagna, Mayor, Elmwood Park
  • Gerard L. Carroll, Trustee Vice Chair, Bergen Community College
  • Ursula Parrish Daniels, Ed.D., Executive Assistant to the President, Bergen Community College
  • Patrick Fletcher, Trustee, Bergen Community College
  • George Fosdick, Mayor, Ridgefield Park
  • John Glidden, Mayor, Closter
  • Waldon Hagan, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs, Bergen Community College
  • Mark Longo, Trustee, Bergen Community College
  • Bianca Madzarova, Aide, Sen. Cory Booker
  • Tammy Molinelli, Executive Director, Workforce Investment Board
  • Bill Mullaney, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, Bergen Community College
  • Germaine Ortiz, Vice Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Carol Otis, Trustee Chair, Bergen Community College
  • Kurt Peluso, Deputy Mayor, Fair Lawn
  • John Ruocco, Mayor, Hillsdale
  • Peter Rustin, Mayor, Tenafly
  • Norman Schmelz, Mayor, Bergenfield
  • Linda Schwager, Mayor, Oakland
  • John Smart, Mayor, Haworth
  • Thomas Sullivan, Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Lisa Swain, Mayor, Fair Lawn
  • Paul Tomasko, Mayor, Alpine
  • Stephanie Von Rudenborg, Councilwoman, Hackensack
  • Joan Voss, Ed.D., Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Tracy Silna Zur, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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