New Cultural Affairs Task Force’s recommendations will guide and
direct the College in determining goals focused on cultural issues
within the College and its relationship to the community.
March 3, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – In February, Hudson County
Community College (HCCC) convened an introductory meeting of its newly formed
Cultural Affairs Task Force.
Established by the College’s Board of Trustees and
Administration, the HCCC Cultural Affairs Task Force is intended to provide the
College with guidance and assistance in determining goals focused on these
(1) the definition of the cultural affairs-related role of HCCC as a
comprehensive community college;
(2) identification of partnerships that should be sustained by the College regarding cultural affairs;
suggested structures and mechanisms that should be established and maintained by the College to assure that this role is met;
(4) policies and procedures that should be put in place to assure that the College’s art collections are well managed and advance the core mission of the institution;
(5) guidelines and suggestions for cultural programming and events that should be supported by the College.
HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said the Cultural Affairs
Task Force is comprised of three committees. The Executive Committee,
co-chaired by Clifford Brooks, Special Assistant to the President for Cultural
Affairs at HCCC, and Richard Mackiewicz, Esq. of Mackiewicz & Associates
and Secretary of the HCCC Foundation, is to provide guidance and direction to the College Collections Committee and the Programming and Events Committee. The College Collections
Committee, co-chaired by Mr. Brooks and Mark Rodrick, Vice President of Morgan
Stanley Wealth Management and a director of the HCCC Foundation Board, is charged with providing guidance and direction for using the College’s
Foundation Art Collection and related assets to advance the mission of HCCC as a comprehensive community college.
The Program and Events Committee, co-chaired by James Egan, President of Nelson
Ward and the Chair of the HCCC Foundation, and Dr. Eric Friedman, HCCC Vice
President for Academic Affairs, will provide guidance and direction about the
wide array of culturally related credit and noncredit programs and culturally
related events the College might sponsor, host or provide a venue while making the
best use of the College’s resources within the parameters of the College’s
The three committees are composed
of a wide-ranging group of individuals from the community including educators,
business people, members of local governmental cultural affairs departments,
and individuals from the graphics, fine, visual, theater, dance, music and
spoken arts arenas.
Mr. Brooks, who earned his bachelor’s degree in French
language and linguistics at Georgetown University, also holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Rutgers
University and a Master's degree in Urban Education from New Jersey City
University. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Rutgers
University, University of Missouri, Eastern Nazarene College, New Jersey City University,
and Baguio Normal School (The Philippines), he has been a librarian at HCCC and
in the New Jersey public library system, and his opera education program at
Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston and Opera New England and other work
in the arts has earned him national recognition.
with this Task Force was asked to participate because of their demonstrated
interest over time in Hudson County,” Mr. Brooks said. “The College’s Board of
Trustees, the President and each person involved with this endeavor understand
that cultural activities can be a venue for academic, intellectual and personal
satisfaction, as well as economic success.”
Dr. Gabert noted that the Cultural Affairs Task Force’s
recommendations will inform the comprehensive, long-term strategic planning the
College is about to undertake.
“The cultural community of Hudson County has
blossomed significantly within the past few years, and in some ways this has
been coincidental to the College’s growth,” said Dr. Gabert. “The Board of
Trustees and my administration believe that the College can become a nexus of
cultural programming for the community. The key is to make full and wise use of
the College’s resources as well as those of the community.”