Tracey Abby-White, 56, of Atlantic Highlands, the newest member of Brookdale Community College's Board of Trustees, was sworn in on Thursday, February 21, at the monthly Board of Trustees’ meeting.
Abby-White was appointed by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders on February 14 for a four-year term and fills the vacancy created by retired Board chair, Jacob Elkes.
Abby-White is a senior sales and marketing executive with more than 20 years of diverse sales and marketing experience. Her expertise includes aligning business resources, budget management, change management, and forming strategic alliances. She currently works for IBM, Inc., as a Worldwide Mobility and Endpoint Management Enablement Leader, where she teaches sales professionals the latest technological market trends, and how to help customers solve business challenges with technology solutions.
Abby-White always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, and started her career as a teacher in Middletown, NJ. During the course of her career, she transitioned from being a teacher in 1986 at Bayshore Middle School to teaching technology to sales professionals around the globe.
“Teaching is not a role, it the core of who I am,” says Abby-White.
Abby-White decided to apply for the vacant position on Brookdale’s Board of Trustees because she wanted to re-engage in the community and had been looking for options. When she came across the announcement, she knew she found what she had been looking for. “This is one that I am most passionate about,” she said.
“My background gives me a unique vantage point affording me the ability to understand the needs of students, faculty and community. My teaching tenure honed my organizational and presentation skills and most importantly taught me to listen. A career with Merrill Lynch and Charles Schwab added financial skills and over a decade in technology sales, marketing and worldwide sales enablement has pronounced the urgency to arm our students with the tools to compete globally."
"People at all ages want to be relevant – whether they are a high school student or a college graduate; someone starting a career or reinventing themselves for a new one,” said Abby-White. “Brookdale is a great place for people to start or restart to achieve their educational goals and I am honored to serve with the leadership team."
As much as teaching is a part of who she is, so is public service. She served as president of Henry Hudson Board of Education for seven years, councilwoman of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands for three years, and is the founder of the Atlantic Highlands Youth Commission, just to name a few.
Abby-White and her husband Richard A. White Sr., retired Chief of Police of Monmouth Beach, have adult triplet daughters, Brittney, Kierstyn and Ashton, and two sons, Chris and Rich Jr.
Tracey Abby-White (center), Brookdale’s newest Trustee, takes the oath of office with Brookdale Board Attorney John Hoffman (left), as Freeholder John Curley looks on.