Passaic County Community College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Honored with Community College Spirit Award
On June 16, during its annual New Jersey Community College Awards Ceremony, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2014 Community College Spirit Award to Passaic County Community College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Todd Sorber 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.
Sorber was recognized for writing the grant application to the Kresge Foundation that resulted in a two-year, $500,000 grant being awarded to New Jersey’s 19 community colleges to fund the statewide Center for Student Success. Only four states in the country received grants from the Kresge Foundation to help students complete college and earn college credentials.
“By 2020, an estimated 68 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary credential,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli. “Community colleges have a particularly important role to play as pathways to good-paying jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree while at the same time being the most affordable option to a bachelor’s degree for those students who want to continue their education. Thanks to Todd’s efforts, the funding we have received from the Kresge Foundation will go a long way in ensuring our students are successful in their community college associate degree and certificate programs and meet the needs of employers for years to come.”
Sorber has 20 years of experience in grants and resource development in higher education. For the past 16 years in his position at PCCC, he has worked closely with faculty, staff, and outside partners to help the College secure millions of dollars in public and private funding. Prior to his appointment at PCCC, he served as Director of Grants Development at Keystone College in La Plume, Pa.
Sorber earned his M.S. degree in Professional Writing from Towson University in Maryland.
He resides with his wife, Lisa, and sons, Alexander and Alexei, in Covington Township, Pa.