The New Jersey Council of County Colleges was created by state statute (18A:64A-26) in 1989. The Council, a body corporate, operates under bylaws approved by its membership and has tax exempt status under Section 501-C-3 of the IRS Code. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The Council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey. Dr. Phil Linfante of the Warren County Community College Board of Trustees serves as the Council’s chairman. Other Executive Committee members include: Vice Chair Mary Zimmermann, Union County College trustee; Maria Ivette Torres, Atlantic Cape Community College trustee; Helen Albright, Camden County College trustee;Dr. Michael McDonough, Raritan Valley Community College president; Dr. Jon Connolly, Sussex County Community College president; and Dr. Steven Rose, Passaic County Community College president.