CCM’s Joseph Vitale Receives Community College Spirit Award

TRENTON, N.J.— On June 17, during its annual New Jersey Community College Awards Ceremony, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2013 Community College Spirit Award to County College of Morris Executive Director of College Advancement and Planning and President of the Foundation at County College of Morris Joseph Vitale for his exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges.

“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Chairman Bakari G. Lee, Esq.

Vitale, of Denville, was recognized for his work in helping to gain support for the $750-million Building Our Future Bond Act, which will provide $200 million for construction at the state’s 19 community colleges, as well as funding for public and private four-year colleges and universities.

“We are honored to recognize Mr. Joseph Vitale of the County College of Morris for his statewide contributions to the Building Our Future Bond referendum last fall,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli. “Joe’s dedication led to an overwhelming number of voters throughout the state voting in favor of this issue back in November. This support from the voters means that $200 million in capital funding will be made available to our community colleges to expand and renovate facilities so that we may continue to provide outstanding academic programs to students at an affordable cost.”

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. 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.Vitale_Spirit

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