Hudson County Community College names Gemma and Lombardo new trustees


Hudson County Community College named Stacy Gemma and Vincent Lombardo as their new trustees at Tuesday’s board meeting, succeeding longtime Chair William Netchert and Vice Chair Bakari Lee, who did not seek new terms.

New Hudson County Community College Trustees Stacy Gemma and Vincent Lombardo. Photos courtesy of HCCC.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Chairman Netchert and Vice Chair Lee for their exemplary leadership and caring service to our students, the College, and all the people of Hudson County over many years,” HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber said in a statement.

“The entire HCCC family welcomes Stacy Gemma and Vincent Lombardo to the HCCC Board of Trustees.”

Gemma is a retail store owner, fashion consultant, and, since 2016, commercial realtor with Donovan Realty Group in Jersey City.

She has also served as an active member of several boards and numerous charitable groups including the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Jersey City Jewish Association, Jersey City Youth Foundation, Hudson Pride, Jersey City Theater Company, the Cancer Support Community of Monmouth County, and Monmouth Medical Center Women’s Council.

As for Lombardo, he is the executive director of Office of Corporate Engagement for New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Newark College of Engineering.

An accomplished fundraising and networking professional with more than 37 years of experience in the nonprofit and not-for-profit sectors, he previously served as director of development and public relations at United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County and as vice president of development and Foundation at Bayonne Medical Center.

He serves as chair of the board of commissioners for the Bayonne Housing Authority.

The 10-person board of trustees is the college’s governing body.

As stewards of the college, trustees are responsible for establishing overarching policies and direction for the College; appointment, evaluation and support of the president; and financial and compliance oversight.

Eight trustees are chosen by the appointing body of Hudson County, with the advice and consent of the county board of commissioners, while two trustees are appointed by the governor. Trustees serve until they are reappointed or replaced by the appointing authority.

Additionally, the college’s president serves as an ex-officio member of the board without a vote, while the College’s student body elects a representative from the graduating class to serve for one year as a non-voting member.

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