David M. Stout, Ph.D. president of Brookdale Community College, has been recognized by ROI-NJ as an Influencer in higher education for 2024. This recognition highlights President Stout’s exceptional leadership and significant contributions to higher education.

Under President Stout’s leadership, Brookdale Community College has launched several groundbreaking initiatives to enhance educational opportunities for its approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students. Notable among these is the recent opening of a $2.5 million Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Education, which provides state-of-the-art training and resources in one of today’s most critical fields. Introducing the VentureHive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem also fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, providing students with the tools and support needed to succeed in a competitive business environment.

New Jersey proudly hosts 18 community colleges, and among them, Brookdale stands out, as one of nine institutions recognized by ROI-NJ for the outstanding contributions of its visionary college presidents. “These dedicated leaders are at the forefront of enhancing educational access, pioneering workforce training programs, and ensuring community colleges remain vital gateways to higher education and career advancement,” ROI-NJ editors wrote. “Their unwavering commitment ensures that these institutions remain dynamic and influential in shaping the future.”

President Stout’s focus on creating an inclusive and forward-thinking educational environment has benefited the college’s students and the broader community. By prioritizing programs that align with current and future job market demands, President Stout ensures that Brookdale graduates are well-prepared to meet the challenges of the modern workforce.

“I am honored to be recognized by ROI-NJ as an Influencer in Higher Education,” said President Stout. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Brookdale community. Together, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible education and opportunities for success.”