By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I have some big shoes to fill. Joe Sansone has done an incredible job at the college and frankly is beloved by every member of the staff here so itâ€™s somewhat of a daunting task following an individual like Joe,” Chiaravalloti told Hudson County View.
“As the community college moves forward, we look forward to open enrollment and serving the public. The demographics and profile of the undergraduate students are similar to St. Peterâ€™s in a lot of ways and that’s a positive thing for me.”
Chiaravalloti is currently serving as a Father John Corridan fellow at St. Peter’s University, the institution where he received a doctorate for high education leadership.
Sansone has served at the post that Chiaravalloti will takeover since 2001 and has received high marks from his peers, including HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert.
â€œFor nearly twenty years Joe Sansone has been an integral part of the Collegeâ€™s administration,â€ Gabert said in a statement.
â€œOver the years, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,625 scholarships totaling more than $2,650,000 to deserving students. We now have a program to help incoming students prepare to succeed in their college work. Cultural enrichment programs are offered for the entire community.”
Additionally, HCCC Board Chair William Netchert was happy to welcome Chiaravalloti aboard.
“Dr. Chiaravallotiâ€™s dedication to the people of Hudson County, his appreciation of higher education, and his own background and professional experience are assets that will contribute to his new work at Hudson County Community College,â€ HCCC Board Chair William Netchert said in a statement.
â€œWe look forward to welcoming him, and to working with him in continuing the Collegeâ€™s important mission of providing high quality educational opportunities for all the people of our community.â€
An HCCC spokeswoman said on Friday that Chiaravalloti’s salary will be $125,000 a year.
Chiaravalloti was easily re-elected to his second term in the state Assembly yesterday, defeating his Republican opponents by a nearly 5-to-1 margin.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated with new information on Friday.