Tracey Abby-White was elected to lead the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees for the 2019-2020 academic year at the Board’s annual reorganization meeting on November 27, according to an announcement by the college.
A resident of Atlantic Highlands, Abby-White has served on Brookdale’s Board for six years. She is a former Atlantic Highlands Councilwoman and served for seven years on the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education. She began her career as a teacher in the Middletown school system before entering the corporate sector in finance and technology where she continues to excel. She replaces Dr. Carl Guzzo as Chairman.
Guzzo led the college through the difficult process of reform and reorganization after the scandal involving former president Peter Burnham. He is credited with restoring stability to the college and positioning Brookdale for an exciting future serving the students and communities of Monmouth County.
“We are committed to working with all members of the college community in exploring strategic initiatives for the advancement of Brookdale,” said Abby-White in the college’s announcement. “I want to thank Dr. Carl Guzzo, Jr. for his exemplary service as Chair for the last five years and because of his diligence and hard work, we have a solid foundation on which to build.”
In a phone interview with MMM, Abby-White said she intends to expand Brookdale’s involvement in the Monmouth County business community in order to give students more real world educational experiences and a resulting leg up in securing prosperous employment. She noted the school’s hospitality program partnering with area county clubs and an example of a successful program that can expanded.
Deputy Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, the liaison to Brookdale, said,”Dr. Guzo has done a very good job during a turbulent time at the college. Tracey has the motivation, enthusiasm and most importantly, the ability to lead the college forward into a new era. I look forward to supporting her efforts.”