Mercer County Community College Trustee Receives Statewide Recognition for Service to Community Colleges
On Monday, June 16, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) presented the Ronald D. Winthers Community College Trustee Leadership Award to Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees member Rev. William E. Coleman for his dedicated service to New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.
“This award is an honor bestowed on a single New Jersey community college trustee each year,” said NJCCC Chairman Bakari G. Lee, Esq. “The award was established in honor of long-time Burlington County College Trustee Ronald D. Winthers, and it was created to recognize visionary leadership by a New Jersey community college trustee at the local, state and national levels.”
Coleman, of Trenton, has served on the Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees since 2003, and is highly active at the national level as a member of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors as the Northeast Regional Chair. He has served on ACCT’s Member Communications & Education Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Governance and Bylaws Committee, Northeast Region Nominating Committee, and Diversity Committee. In addition, he is a member of the NJCCC Executive Committee and serves as an NJCCC Community College Trustee Ambassador.
“For over 10 years, Rev. Coleman has been a dynamic leader in advancing the mission of community colleges, both nationally and here in New Jersey,” Lee added. “Rev. Coleman has dedicated his life to serving others, from his work as a New York City Police Detective to his work as a minister to his work in training and development to his work as a community college trustee. New Jersey’s community colleges are grateful that Rev. Coleman has dedicated – and continues to dedicate – his time and efforts to provide opportunities for community college students.”
Rev. Coleman was appointed to the Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees in 2003. He was reappointed in 2007. He is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Long Branch, NJ. He is a retired New York City Police Detective, served as Executive Director of Job Corps and presently is President and CEO of W.E.C. Resource Group, L.L.C., Human Resources, Training and Development firm.
Rev. Coleman is an active member of his community and involved with numerous organizations. He is a member of the Mercer County Re-Entry Task Force MOET Job Development Task Force. He has provided training to the New Jersey Department of Corrections Officers in the areas of workplace diversity, sexual harassment, racism, and discrimination. In addition to being teacher, trainer, team builder, and motivator, he is an expert in anti-bullying and anti-gang. He further serves the community as a chaplain at Saint Francis Medical Center in Trenton. He is actively involved in American Baptist USA and was an international fellow with the United Way International establishing United Ways in Africa.
Rev. Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human behavior from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in planning and public administration from
City University of New York, Baruch College, and a master’s degree in pastoral care from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He is a National Urban Fellow and a Master Mason.
Rev. Coleman is the father of three and is married to the Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman, New Jersey State Assemblywoman.