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NSCC Trustees Recommend Fourth President

The Board of Trustees of North Shore Community College are unanimously recommending that Dr. Patricia Gentile become the fourth president of North Shore Community College (NSCC). Dr. Gentile is currently Dean of Advancement, Enrollment Management & Cape May County Campus, Atlantic Cape Community College, New Jersey.

The trustee's recommendation, which concludes a 9-month Presidential search, will be voted on by the Board of Higher Education on October 22. If approved, Dr. Gentile will assume the presidency in January 2014, taking over from Interim President Janice Forsstrom, who served in this capacity since Dr. Wayne M. Burton's retirement July 31 after 13 years as President of NSCC.

In accepting the vote of the Trustees, Dr. Gentile said, "I am deeply honored to be chosen by the Board of Trustees as the next president of North Shore Community College. I have found the North Shore community to be composed of passionate educators, caring and dedicated professionals, and mission-driven leaders who create real opportunity for each and every student that experiences the college. It will be a joy to join such a dynamic and visionary team!"

Chair of the NSCC Board of Trustees Richard Yagjian said, "We found in Dr. Gentile someone who met all of our requirements for experience, commitment and values. In addition we believe she will be a charismatic, transformational leader who will help elevate NSCC to its next level."

Dr. Gentile has been with Atlantic Cape Community College since 1999 and until her most recent promotion in July 2013 which added enrollment management responsibilities, Dr. Gentile oversaw all non-credit services, workforce development, personal development and contractual programs, including the Health Professions Institute and Casino Career Institute in Atlantic City, the Technology Studies Institute, and the Institute for Service Excellence, as well as all customized training contracts and consulting services for business and industry in both Atlantic and Cape May counties. Since 2005 she has overseen the college Foundation, college resource development, public relations and communication services and was appointed the COO of the college's Cape May County Campus in 2009. Dr. Gentile has extensive higher education classroom experience, having taught at Atlantic Cape as an Adjunct Instructor in the Business Department and since 2003 as an Affiliate Faculty member with Regis University in Denver Colorado for their online Masters in Nonprofit Management degree program.

Prior to Atlantic Cape, Dr. Gentile served in an executive position with several nonprofit organizations – as the Chief Operating Officer of the Children's Defense Fund in Washington DC, Chief Executive Officer of two large mid-Atlantic Girl Scout Councils and the Women's Humane Society in Pennsylvania. She has served as a volunteer member and as an officer on several nonprofit boards of directors. She continues to volunteer with the Cape May County Chamber as a member of its executive board. At the beginning of her career, Dr. Gentile taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at both the elementary and secondary school levels and later was an associate specializing in nonprofit organizational governance and strategic planning with The Conservation Company (TCC), a national consulting firm.

Dr. Gentile holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude and an MBA with a joint major in Finance and Public Policy/Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded The Alfred G. Buehler Fellowship in Public Finance. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

There were 72 applicants for the position, with 13 candidates selected to interview. Finalists were selected by a 16 member Presidential Search Committee with participation from the college, community and the MA Board of Higher Education. The search was facilitated by Liz Rocklin, senior consultant with R.H. Perry & Associates, who reviewed all applicants to make sure they met minimum qualifications. From the 13, five were selected as finalists, with two-day candidate interviews Conducted September 9 - 24, which included opportunities for many college constituencies to meet and provide feedback on the candidates. All feedback was compiled and forwarded to trustees for review prior to their decision making.



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