DANVERS — North Shore Community College trustees have decided who they think should become the college’s fourth president, as the board unanimously recommended Patricia Gentile to head up one of the oldest and largest of the Bay State’s 15 community colleges.
If approved, Gentile will be leaving her post as dean of advancement, enrollment management and Cape May County Campus for Atlantic Cape Community College. She has worked for the New Jersey community college for the past 14 years. It’s also where she once taught as an adjunct instructor.
The trustee’s unanimous recommendation, which came after an extensive nine-month search, goes on to the state Board of Higher Education for its vote on Oct. 22. If Gentile is approved, she will take over in January from interim President Janice Forsstrom, who has been guiding the community college since the retirement of former president Wayne Burton in July.
“We believe she will be a charismatic, transformational leader who will help elevate NSCC to its next level,” said trustees Chairman Richard Yagjian, in a prepared statement.
“It’s clear that North Shore Community College is a gem,” said Gentile, who added that on a recent visit, she was impressed with the school’s senior staff and their experience. She said she found the Lynn campus warm and welcoming but noted that it was outdated, so one of her first challenges will be to expand it, as the Danvers campus has been over the years.
Like North Shore Community College, Atlantic Cape Community College is a two-year nonprofit publicly supported community college. It serves Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey and has 7,500 credit students. North Shore Community College has about 10,450 credit students, plus 5,300 noncredit students.
At Atlantic Cape, Gentile oversaw 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, among other responsibilities, according to the prepared statement.