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. Mr. Thomas Tighe of the Middlesex County College Board of Trustees serves as the Council’s chairman. Other Executive Committee members include: Vice Chair Maria Ivette Torres, Atlantic Cape Community College trustee; Ms. Helen Albright, Camden County College trustee; Mary Zimmermann, Union County College trustee; Dr. Steven Rose, Passaic County Community College president; Dr. Michael McDonough, Raritan Valley Community College president; and Dr. William Austin, Warren County Community College president.