Name: Chris Reber
Job Title: President
Institution: Hudson County Community College (NJ)
Previous Positions: President, Community College of Beaver County (2014-18); Executive Dean, Venango College of Clarion University (2002-14); Associate Provost for Advancement and University Relations, Penn State Erie (1998-2002); Dean of Student Affairs/Affiliate Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Penn State Erie (1987-98); Director, HR Development Division, Lakeland Community College (OH) (1984-87)
Affiliations and/or Boards: Middle States Commission on Higher Education Visiting Team Chair, 2022; Aspen-AASCU Transfer Intensive, 2021-22; ACCT Noncredit and Credit Alignment Lab, 2021-22; ACCT Northeast Region Outstanding CEO Award, 2022; Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Paragon President Award, 2020, Middle States Region Award of Excellence, 2020; New Jersey Alliance for Action; LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education; New Jersey LGBT Chamber, 2022 Education Speaker at NJ League of Municipalities Statewide Convening; Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; New Jersey Reentry Ambassador Program; New Jersey City University Ed.D. in Community College Leadership Advisory Board; NJ Secretary of Higher Education Student Success Working Group, 2019; Hudson County Chamber of Commerce; Journal Square Special Improvement District Board; Journal Square Community Association; Paul Harris Fellow, Named Twice by Rotary International; Top 100 Person, Presented to “Top 100 People in Central PA Business and Economic Development” by PA Business Central, 2017.
State Engagement: Pilot Institution for NJ Free-College “Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG)” Program, Largest Number of Students Served with Largest Allocation of Financial Aid Dollars Among NJ’s 18 Community Colleges; Developed Latino Advisory Council and African American Outreach Committee in Hudson County, NJ to Increase Postsecondary Educational Attainment; Education Leader 2022, selected by Hispanic State Parade of NJ Board of Directors; led and supported partnerships, programs, and outreach to serve justice involved and reentry citizens in partnership with former NJ Governor and New Jersey Reentry Corporation President and CEO James McGreevey; partner with Hudson County Department of Housing and Community Reintegration for Incarcerated Population of Hudson County Correctional Facility; New Jersey partner site for “Year Up New York New Jersey” Serving Opportunity Youth in Northern NJ; Education Power 50 Award presented by NJBIZ to “50 Most Influential New Jersey Educational Leaders” (2021 and 2022); Hudson County Chamber Legends Spirit Award (2021); panelist with NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy, former NJ Governor James McGreevey, elected members of NJ Senate and Assembly, and NJ Clergy for Census 2020 Day of Action; member of Higher Education Team led by New Jersey City University on nine-day tour of China to build relationships with Chinese educational leaders (2019)
Past AACC Conventions Attended: 2022, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015; presented sessions at most AACC conferences.
Past AACC Professional Development Participation: AACC Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, two three-year terms, AACC Commission on DEI, two three-year terms; attended AACC Workforce Development Institute, 2022 (Jacksonville) and 2018 (New Orleans), invited presenter at both WDIs; invited interviewee on AACC “CC Voice” podcast regarding HCCC Hudson Scholars Program, July 2022; selected to participate in second cohort of AACC/All Within My Hands Metallica Scholars Initiative, 2022; AACC Industry-Informed Infrastructure (I-3) Initiative to Create and Advance Partnerships for Economic and Workforce Development in PA and Ohio, 2016-18; AACC Presidents Academy Summer Institute, 2014; finalist for 2022 AACC Advancing Diversity Award of Excellence.
Education: Postdoctoral Management Development Certificate, Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Pittsburgh; M.A., College Student Personnel Administration, Bowling Green State University; B.A., Latin, Dickinson College; Semester Abroad: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy; Stanford University Program