Deptford Twp. – The Gloucester County College Board of Trustees has announced that Frederick Keating will assume the position of Gloucester County College President effective February 6, 2012. Keating has served the college as Vice President of Student Services from 2010 to 2011, and Interim President since June 2011.
Chairman, Gene Concordia said, “Keating has won the unanimous support of the Board of Trustees. A select group of trustees met with representatives of the Faculty Senate, College Assembly, and union representatives. They too expressed their endorsement of Keating.” According to Concordia, “An earned mutual respect has developed between Keating and college stakeholders during the interim period. Under his leadership and in collaboration with our stakeholders, GCC has seamlessly moved forward, forging partnerships with area universities to benefit our students, initiated a new scholarship program, guided a building project, settled employment contracts, and established a STEM Division in six months. In difficult economic times, GCC is enjoying record enrollment, high morale, and a forward momentum. Much of the credit for these accomplishments is owed to Keating’s proven leadership skills.”
Board member Doug Wills reiterated Concordia’s statement and added, “The College needs the stability of a strong leader with a student-centered focus. We recognized those characteristics in Fred Keating. After talking to our Senate and Assembly representatives, we approached him with the proposal. We are pleased to avoid an expensive search and glad to have found our new president in our own educational community.”
Keating stated, “I am excited to begin my tenure as president. GCC is a hidden treasure. We have the lowest tuition in New Jersey, an outstanding and highly respected faculty, a beautiful campus, and a myriad of affordable opportunities to offer students. My goal is to offer every interested student, a sound higher education opportunity here in Gloucester County.”
Keating is a recognized educational leader with 30 years of experience in higher education. He has maintained adjunct status at LaSalle University since 1975, instructed at Rowan University, Rutgers University, Holy Family University, and most recently at Camden County College. Keating also served as Superintendent of Schools for Gloucester County Special Services School District and Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District.
Keating earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from The College of New Jersey. He is currently completing doctoral studies at Wilmington University in higher education leadership.
Located in Deptford Township, N.J., Gloucester County College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher learning with more than 6,800 full- and part-time day and evening students enrolled in 70 academic programs in business, humanities, allied health, technologies and the math and sciences. An additional 10,000 men and women are registered in the college’s non-credit Continuing Education Division classes.