PATRICIA CLAGHORN – Dean, Business Studies:

Patricia ClaghornPatricia Claghorn began her career with Gloucester County College in 2004, as the Executive Director of Corporate and Professional Development in the Division of Continuing Education.  She was promoted to the position of Dean, Continuing Education in 2005 and held that position until June of 2012, when she was promoted to the position of Dean, Business Studies.   

Dean Claghorn has also worked in private industry as the Director of Human Resources for Silo, the national electronics and appliance retailer, and as the Director of Staffing for Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts in Atlantic City.  As the Director of Staffing for Trump, Ms. Claghorn was responsible for the staffing of four hotel and casino resorts with more than 12,000 employees.  In that position, she led an effort to assist the staff in obtaining their SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certifications, simultaneously obtaining her own SPHR designation. 

Currently, in addition to her responsibilities at the College, Dean Claghorn is very involved with the community, serving as a member of the Gloucester County Workforce Investment Board, a Board Member of the Public Policy Committee of the ASTD (American Society for Training & Development), a Board Member of the Gloucester County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and a Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey Board Selection Committee.  In April of 2011, Ms. Claghorn was selected as one of five recipients of the Dr. Patricia Donohue Leadership Award by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and in 1998 was awarded the New Jersey Business Person of the Year by the Future Business Leaders of America.  In 2012, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Gloucester County Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and currently serves as the President for that organization. 

Ms. Claghorn earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Business at The Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Arts in Industrial and Labor Relations at Saint Francis College.  She is currently enrolled in the Higher Education Leadership Doctoral Program at Wilmington University.  She resides in Turnersville, New Jersey with her husband and is the proud parent of two children who are in the process of completing their bachelor degrees.  Both of her children have attended Gloucester County College.  Ms. Claghorn can be reached at her office at 856-468-5000(5504) or via her E-mail address –

University Partnerships:
Neuman University
Rowan University
Wilmington University
Business Advisory Committees: