Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs William Mullaney, Ph.D.

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Bergen Volunteer Center recognized Bergen Community College for its commitment to changing lives in the region at the group’s annual “Hearts of Gold Dinner and Auction” Nov. 8 at the Stony Hill Inn. The College partners with the Volunteer Center on numerous initiatives, including sponsoring faculty and staff participants in the Bergen LEADS professional development program. The Volunteer Center celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the program at the dinner.

Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs William Mullaney, Ph.D., spoke for the College at the event. He also serves on the Volunteer Center’s board of directors.

“In many ways, the story of the Bergen Volunteer Center and Bergen Community College are intertwined,” he said. “Both began their stories of supporting our community approximately fifty years ago; both have made indelible impacts on the lives of countless members of our community; and both contribute as community partners to the greater good of Bergen County. LEADers at the College represent the embodiment of the program’s mission – to develop the strategic thinkers and leaders that make in impact at their organization and in the community.”

In addition to Vice President Mullaney and President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., many of the College’s LEADS participants attended the dinner. The institution’s LEADS members are: Susan Barnard, Ph.D., Ria Bloss, Victor Brown, Ph.D., Lisa DiGaetano, Christine Gillespie, Angie Goldszmidt, Larry Hlavenka, Jennifer Migliorino-Reyes and David Wang.

In addition to honoring the College and 10 years of Bergen LEADS, the Volunteer Center also recognized Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Fanny Meyer Hillers Elementary School Principal Joy Dorsey-Whiting, Holy Name Medical Center President Michael Maron and DMR Architects Urban Planner Francis Reiner for their contributions to Bergen County.

The Volunteer Center began in 1966 when the Junior League of Bergen County and a group of concerned residents saw the need for a clearinghouse matching prospective volunteers with agencies that needed help.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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