Berkeley College President Receives Outpouring of Good Wishes from Legislators and Community Leaders on Inauguration Day

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016
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Berkeley CollegePresident Michael J. Smith received proclamations, letters and certificates of congratulations from more than 40 legislators, business organizations and area colleges and universities in honor of his Inauguration on May 13, 2016.

A proclamation from the New Jersey State Legislature saluted the incoming President as “a man of remarkable character and exceptional determination,” and wished him success on the outset of a new phase in his career in higher education.

Likewise, a citation from Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, recognized President Smith for his “unwavering commitment to higher education and student success.”

The Inauguration ceremony was attended by higher education officials including Gregg Edwards, Deputy Secretary, New Jersey Department of Higher Education, and delegates from the College of Saint Elizabeth, The College of Westchester, County College of Morris, Eastwick College, Fordham University, New Jersey City University, Princeton University, Union County College, and William Paterson University.

During the Inauguration ceremony, Keith Kazmark, Mayor, Woodland Park, NJ, presented President Smith with a proclamation from the Borough.

“Over the last year, I have come to know Michael,” he said. “I could sense right from the first day that we met his commitment to educating the young leaders of tomorrow.”

The President also was congratulated by community pioneers such as Elizabeth Williams-Riley, CEO and President, American Conference on Diversity, and the Rev. Jose Lopez, CEO and President, New Jersey Center for Empowerment and Community Development.

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Photo Captions: (Top) Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, with higher education officials and delegates from nine area colleges. (Above) President Smith is congratulated by Elizabeth Williams-Riley, CEO and President, American Conference on Diversity. In April, the organization recognized Berkeley College and the Luing family with the Legacy Award for their role in supporting a diverse student population. (Below) President Smith greets the Rev. Jose Lopez (right), CEO and President, New Jersey Center for Empowerment and Community Development.

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