The Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees, President Dr. David M. Stout, and the entire College community extended their appreciation to Trustee Suzanne Brennan for her dedication, diligence, and unwavering commitment to Brookdale at the January Board meeting. She recently assumed the position of Councilwoman for the Borough of Howell and is stepping off the Board.

Trustee Brennan was appointed to the Brookdale Board of Trustees by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners in August of 2017 and served the College through December 2021. In January, she was invited to join the President’s Advisory Council.

“It is not every day that one can be part of something that has such a tremendous impact on lives every single day,” Trustee Brennan said. “I received more than I would ever be able to give back. Everyone is committed to the robust class offerings and the rigorous curriculum and especially to seeing our students and each other succeed. It is just a blessing to have this resource in our community. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve on the Board and an amazing opportunity to serve on the President’s Advisory Council. I look forward to serving in a new capacity because my heart will always be here.”

In addition to being a respected attorney and civic leader, she served as a loyal and enthusiastic ambassador of Brookdale.

“If the Board of Trustees had an Officer Title as Board Cheerleader, Trustee Brennan would be unanimously elected,” said Chairman of the Board, Dr. Henry Cram.

Sharing her leadership skills with the Board, she served as the Vice-Chair in 2019 and Governance Committee Chair for four years. In addition, she advanced the work of Finance and Facilities, By-Laws, and Ad-Hoc Public-Private Partnership.

“Trustee Brennan will be remembered for her kindness, her positivity, and her excitement for all things Brookdale,” said President Stout. “I am grateful that she will be serving on the President’s Advisory Council.”

During her time on the Board, Dr. David M. Stout was appointed as the seventh president of the College. She served alongside the entire College community to successfully receive reaffirmation of accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Furthermore, she served during the pandemic crisis, providing a steady hand and a compassionate heart to the college community.