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Dr. Patricia Gentile has been unanimously approved as the fourth President of North Shore Community College by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Dr. Gentile, currently Dean of Advancement, Enrollment Management & Cape May County Campus, Atlantic Cape Community College, New Jersey, will begin her new role on January 1, 2014.
Dr. Gentile told the Board, “I am very excited about this leadership opportunity. I have found NSCC to be a polished gem of an institution of higher education. I am energized by the continued difference the college will make in the lives of our current and future students, for the community we serve and the businesses and industry with which we partner.”
She added, “I am passionate about the community college mission. Higher education is still the major catalyst in lifting Americans out of poverty into self-sustaining careers and brighter futures for them and their communities. A college degree remains the great leveler for individuals from diverse backgrounds. And the institution that I believe is playing the pivotal role in all of this is the community college. You can count on me for strong support of the ideas and mission underlying Massachusetts’ plan to achieve national leadership and excellence in public higher education.”
Chair of the NSCC Board of Trustees Richard Yagjian said, “Dr. Gentile is a charismatic, transformational leader. Her potential is unlimited and we believe she has just what is needed to take NSCC to the next level. I’m sure we are going to do great things together.”
Dr. Gentile has been with Atlantic Cape Community College since 1999 and until her most recent promotion in July 2013 which added enrollment management responsibilities, Dr. Gentile oversaw all noncredit services, workforce development, personal development and contractual programs, including the Health Professions Institute and Casino Career Institute in Atlantic City, the Technology Studies Institute, and the Institute for Service Excellence, as well as all customized training contracts and consulting services for business and industry in both Atlantic and Cape May counties. Since 2005 she has overseen the college Foundation, college resource development, public relations and communication services and was appointed the COO of the college’s Cape May County Campus in 2009.
Dr. Gentile has extensive higher education classroom experience, having taught at Atlantic Cape as an Adjunct Instructor in the Business Department and since 2003 as an Affiliate Faculty member with Regis University in Denver Colorado for their online Masters in Nonprofit Management degree program.
Prior to Atlantic Cape, Dr. Gentile served in an executive position with several nonprofit organizations – as the Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington DC, Chief Executive Officer of two large mid-Atlantic Girl Scout Councils and the Women’s Humane Society in Pennsylvania. She has served as a volunteer member and as an officer on several nonprofit boards of directors. She continues to volunteer with the Cape May County Chamber as a member of its executive board. At the beginning of her career, Dr. Gentile taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at both the elementary and secondary school levels and later was an associate specializing in nonprofit organizational governance and strategic planning with The Conservation Company (TCC), a national consulting firm.
Dr. Gentile holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude and an MBA with a joint major in Finance and Public Policy/Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded The Alfred G. Buehler Fellowship in Public Finance. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Gentile will assume the presidency from Interim President Janice Forsstrom, who served in this capacity since Dr. Wayne M. Burton’s retirement July 31 after 13 years as President of NSCC. Gentile was the top choice of the NSCC Board of Trustees following a 9-month Presidential search.