By Ava Schubert
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College President Donald Borden will leave his position on June 30. The college board of trustees accepted his retirement at its Nov. 3 meeting.
Borden, 65, has been the college’s president since July 2016. He has accumulated more than 40 years of experience working as an educational leader in Camden County and previously served as superintendent of the Audubon Public School District from 2006 to 2013. Three years later, he joined Camden County College’s team.
“It started with a conversation with our chairman about being on the board and that led to the opportunity to be president here. I didn’t necessarily seek out coming here but an opportunity presented itself,” Borden stated.
During his time in office, Camden County College created a dual admission transfer agreement between the college and Stockton University and a dual admission program between the college and Rutgers University. The college also opened a veterans office and expanded programs to focus on in-demand careers such as social justice and cybersecurity. Borden, however, said he believes his greatest accomplishment is making Camden County College “a more student-centered place,” which could not have been done without his team.
Sophia Paiste, a sophomore at Camden County College, believes that “President Borden has been a great asset to this college. When the Pandemic first hit, President Borden stepped into action and handled it well. We were able to attend school remotely with almost no difficulty transitioning to online learning. He will be missed.”
Dr. Lovell Pugh-Bassett, the Acting Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Advancement and Strategic Initiatives shares similar sentiments. She stated that “President Borden is a student-centered leader who leads with a spirit of service and intentionality.”
“My time here has been very enjoyable and I have been honored to serve this institution,” President Borden stated. “I am truly humbled to have had this opportunity and hope that I have met the expectations the Board of Trustees had in me when they appointed me to this position.”
Despite the clear love and respect President Borden has for this position, he believes after being in the education field for so long, taking a step back is something that is the right decision. He explains he wants to be able to find the balance in his life again after being in education for so long, and does not want to overstay his welcome. “I am not looking for something that would have responsibilities or stress that come from institutions of this size. I don’t want to stay too long either” Borden states.
So, what comes next? Though no new information is known yet about who will be taking over this position next, the board will be conducting a nation-wide search for President Borden’s replacement. Borden assures he has “100% faith in our chairman to make sure that they will hire a replacement for me that will be true to this college’s mission and strategic plan.”