NJCCC Chairman Elected to ACCT Executive Committee

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Bakari G. Lee, Esq., New Jersey Council of County Colleges Chairman and Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Board of Trustees Vice Chairman, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Community College Trustees’ Executive Committee at that organization’s Annual Leadership Congress on Friday, Oct. 4, in Seattle, Washington.

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.  ACCT’s purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels.

Lee, a limited partner with the law firm of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, was appointed to the HCCC Board of Trustees in 2006. He was elected to the ACCT Board of Directors and the office of Northeast Region Chair in 2011. Prior to that, he served as Associate Member of the ACCT Governance and Bylaws Committee, the 2011 Northeast Region Awards Committee and the 2010 Northeast Region Nominating Committee.

In addition to serving as NJCCC Chairman, Lee served as Chairman of the NJCCC’s Legislative Committee and is a Trustee Ambassador as well.  As NJCCC Chairman, he has engaged on a listening tour, endeavoring to meet with each of New Jersey’s 19 community college presidents and board chairs in order to learn how the NJCCC can serve them better.  He has also made a commitment to attend one commencement of each community college during his tenure as chairman and is currently two-thirds along in his journey.  This year’s tour concluded with him giving the commencement speech at Atlantic Cape Community College where the school conferred upon him an honorary Associate of Arts degree for his efforts in advocating for New Jersey’s community college sector.

A graduate of Florida A&M University, Lee earned his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. He was admitted into the practice of law in the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court of New Jersey in 2004, and in the State of New York in 2007.

Before joining McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, Lee served as a law clerk for the Honorable Darryl Dean Donohue of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Division. In addition, he was a Senior Financial Analyst in the Animal Health Division of Pfizer.

Lee is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., having  served as a past President of the Jersey City graduate chapter. He was named as a Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star in each year since 2009.

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.

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