CRANFORD—At the Nov. 17 Joint Meeting of Union County College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, Dr. John R. Farrell, Jr., vice president of administrative services and executive assistant to the president, was named the interim president for the college beginning Jan. 1, 2010.
Farrell will serve in the absence of President Thomas H. Brown, who has decided to retire Jan. 1, 2011 and will be taking a one-year sabbatical during 2010. Brown has served the college for 20 years and will be using his sabbatical to write a book reflecting on his tenure and to build and establish an official college archive.
Farrell began his career in 1965 when Union County College was known as Union Junior College. He was hired to serve as the data processing supervisor and assistant to the registrar. Farrell, a native of Elizabeth, was later promoted to the position of vice president for administrative services.
In 1991, Farrell was promoted to his current position by Brown and currently oversees college’s non-credit division, which includes the Division of Continuing Education, the Industry-Business Institute, and the Continuing Education Workforce Development Departments. He also oversees the Department of Information Technologies Services.
During his tenure, he coordinated and directed the college’s move from the Scotch Plains campus into the newly acquired Sidney F. Lessner Building from the Elizabethtown Gas Company in Elizabeth. He also has served on the teams for the Middle States Accreditation held in 1997 and in 2007 and is currently overseeing the implementation of a new college-wide computer system. Farrell holds an Ed.M. and an Ed.D from Rutgers University.
To begin the search for the new college president, the Board of Trustees has established an executive search committee.
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