The rain didn’t stop the festivities as Brookdalians came together to celebrate the college’s 52nd birthday.

More than 150 members of the Brookdale Community College administration, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, retirees and their family members gathered to celebrate the college’s birthday and the college’s recent reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Colleagues and peers connected with each other while enjoying typical BBQ fare.

Brookdale employees at the gathering.

“We’ve worked hard over the last four years putting documentation together and showing that we have met all the standards for reaccreditation,” said Dr. David Stout, president of Brookdale Community College. He thanked members of the Brookdale community for their dedication to the college’s mission and the freeholders for their role in founding Brookdale and their ongoing support.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders declared July 18 2019 as Brookdale Community College Day in Monmouth County. Freeholders Lillian Burry, liaison to the college, and Gerry Scharfenberger attended the celebration.

“You are doing such an incredible job, and we know why,” said Burry. “We thank President Stout for his leadership,” she said. The Freeholders also presented President Stout with a certificate to mark the occasion.

“In speaking for the Board, we are all excited about the future of Brookdale,” said Tracey Abby-White, chair of the Board of Trustees. Board members Dr. Lester Richens and Lauren Deinhardt also attended the event.

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