North Bergen commissioner Frank Gargiulo joins HCCC Board of Trustees

Gargiulo is now part of the governing body of Hudson County Community College

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has welcomed North Bergen commissioner Frank Gargiulo as a new member of its Board of Trustees.

The board is the governing body of HCCC and is responsible for leading, advocating, and supporting the college’s mission; ensuring fiduciary responsibility; establishing overarching goals and policies; and hiring, supporting, and evaluating the president.

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The HCCC board is comprised of eight individuals appointed by the Hudson County Board of County Commissioners; and at least two individuals appointed by the Governor. Trustees maintain their trustee status until they are reappointed or replaced by the appointing authorities. The HCCC president serves as an ex-officio member, and the college’s student body elects a representative from the graduating class to serve one year as a non-voting student alumni representative.

Gargiulo joins HCCC board

Gargiulo was welcomed by the board at its regular meeting on April 12 to succeed Adamarys Galvin, who joined the board in October 2019.

“On behalf of the entire College community, it is a great pleasure to welcome our newest Trustee, Frank J. Gargiulo,” said HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber. “Commissioner Gargiulo brings extraordinary education and public service leadership to the College. He will serve on the Board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Welcome, Trustee Gargiulo!”

Reber also thanked Trustee Galvin for her service: “Adamarys Galvin brought the knowledge and skills she developed during her distinguished career in Bilingual and ESL education to her tenure at the College. We are grateful for her dedication and contributions.”

A life of public service

A former New Jersey state Assemblyman, Gargiulo has served as the elected Public Works Commissioner on the North Bergen Board of Commissioners since 1989. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University and master’s degree from Seton Hall University.

Gargiulo’s career as an educator spans more than four decades, during which he was principal and football coach at St. Joseph High School in West New York. From 1990 to 2019, He served as Superintendent of Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST). Under Gargiulo’s leadership, HCST High Tech and County Prep High Schools opened, as well as HCST Explore 2000 Middle School, the first vocational middle school in New Jersey.

In 2018, Gargiulo’s service as HCST Superintendent was recognized through naming the HCST Secaucus Campus after him. In 2019, the Hudson County Community College Foundation presented him with the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.

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