Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Emeritus Dr. Glen Gabert has been honored with the 2019 Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award by the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. The award was presented at the PTK Centennial Convention in Orlando, Florida, April 4 – 6. Dr. Gabert was one of seven former college presidents to be honored with the award this year.
The Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to retiring two-year college presidents who, during their careers, provided consistently outstanding support to PTK chapters and their advisors. Students provide nominations to PTK based on strong student support, recognition of academic achievement, leadership, and service.
In the HCCC students’ nomination letter, they noted that Dr. Gabert encouraged PTK members to apply for the All-USA Academic Team, that he participated in PTK events and made a point of speaking with all members. The students also wrote that Dr. Gabert commended PTK members and their activities at college-wide events and that he recognized PTK advisors at Commencement by having them seated with the HCCC Board of Trustees, administrators and guest speakers.
A Chicago native, Dr. Gabert received his Ph.D. from Loyola University where he was a member of the faculty and a Schmitt Fellow. He began his community college career at Moraine Valley Community College in the Chicago area and went on to serve as a dean at Johnson County Community College in suburban Kansas City before coming to HCCC in 1992 and subsequently serving as president for 25 years until his retirement last year.
Under Dr. Gabert’s leadership, HCCC was transformed from a distressed college into an institution of first choice for the people of Hudson County. During his tenure enrollments more than tripled, two state-of-the-art campuses were built in Jersey City and Union City, and more than 60 degree and certificate programs were developed. In addition, the HCCC Foundation and Foundation Art Collection were both started during Dr. Gabert’s presidency.
While HCCC and Dr. Gabert received many awards during his years as president, Dr. Gabert always noted that he took the greatest pride in the success of the students of Hudson County Community College and that he considers the students his real legacy.