Today is the first day of what promises to be a great adventure with Cumberland County College! Despite all the work that moving entails, I have been looking forward to this day with great excitement and I am glad that the anticipation is over.
Cumberland County College is a great gem—a best kept secret that won’t be for long. With its beautiful serene campus that mirrors some of the great private liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, I share the staff’s pride that our community college students get to study in an environment that is both conducive to learning and aesthetically pleasing. The beauty of Cumberland County itself, outside of the college, is equally captivating. Prior to exploring my new hometown, I was told that our county put the “Garden” in the “Garden State,” as is New Jersey’s motto.
The county offers a great mix of rural with quasi-city living, ample open space, clean air, and rich historical sites tied to the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, The Gilded Age, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, and the Post War eras, not to mention the accompanying legends and lore told by locals. The wildlife, rivers, and the Delaware Bay that run through the county offer great picturesque scenes fit for postcards.
The people—Cumberland County’s best assets—are welcoming and warm. Much like the rest of the country, Cumberland County is becoming more diverse and with a growing Latino population. Our college is even a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. My new colleagues are enthusiastic, fun, and future-ready. As Cumberland County College celebrates 50 years of extraordinary achievements, the College, its Board, its benefactors, and the broader community are energized to start writing the next chapter.
Needless to say, I am in love with Cumberland. Let’s get started!