Dr. Chris Reber to accept appointment as President of Hudson County Community College (NJ)

Monaca, PA – Earlier today, Dr. Christopher Reber, who has served as President of Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) since 2014, announced to the campus that he has been offered, and has accepted, an appointment as President of Hudson County Community College (HCCC) in Jersey City, New Jersey, effective July 1, 2018.

Hudson County Community College is a comprehensive urban college serving 12,000 students representing 119 different countries. Programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses (Jersey City and Union City) and at multiple sites near New York City. The College serves one of the most densely populated and diverse areas of the United States and ranks in the top 120 of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility. HCCC offers nationally acclaimed Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Nursing, STEM and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and has received many regional and national awards.

“It is with very mixed emotions that I share news of this next step in my career,” said Dr. Reber. “Recently, I have been exploring a few potential presidencies in high-performing, student-centered community colleges whose aspirations align well with my experience and values and provide opportunities for my continued professional growth. I have been able to do this knowing that CCBC is in a strong position and has a bright future thanks to the dedication and accomplishments of our entire community.”

CCBC’s current executive team will continue to support all members of the college community in the days ahead as the Board of Trustees considers interim leadership and the presidential search process going forward.

Dr. Reber started his tenure as CCBC’s President on July 1, 2014, and helped chart a vision that focused on growth and meeting the needs of students and the community. Since then, he has helped realize that vision by championing and leading initiatives supporting student-centered learning, enrollment management, partnerships, career and educational pathways, diversity, advancement and grant development, and continuous improvement.

Examples include the creation of nationally distinctive CCBC High School Academies; establishment of program articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities regionally and nationwide; development of new programs that address high priority workforce needs throughout the region; creation of the CCBC Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; development of a new five-year strategic plan; launch of the College’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign and the receipt of numerous six- and seven-figure gifts and grants; partnerships with the advanced manufacturing community and leadership for a new Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium; and implementation of several milestone campus revitalization and renovation projects, among other initiatives.

Under Dr. Reber’s leadership, CCBC was twice named one of Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 Organizations and was named one of America’s Top 150 Community Colleges by The Aspen Institute. CCBC was also selected by the United States Department of Education as one of only 44 colleges and universities in America, and the only community college in Pennsylvania, authorized to provide federal Pell funding to dually enrolled high school students.

"We are so very proud of Dr. Reber and his many accomplishments on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Robert Postupac, Chair of CCBC’s Board of Trustees. “His selection as the next President of Hudson County Community College affirms his strong leadership and vision for innovative educational programs and partnerships. We wish him well as he begins the next journey of his professional career.”

Dr. Reber has devoted his entire 37-year career to higher education. Before arriving at CCBC, he served for 12 years as the Executive Dean of Venango College of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he was the chief executive and academic officer. His career also includes 18 years at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he served on the senior management team as the Chief Development, University Relations, and Alumni Affairs Officer during a successful $50 million capital campaign; and Chief Student Affairs Officer during a period of major college growth.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Dickinson College, a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

“It has been an honor serving as CCBC’s President, and I am proud of all that we’ve accomplished together over the last four years,” stated Dr. Reber in his message to campus. “I will always hold a special place in my heart for the transformational and life-changing opportunities this college offers to students and the community.”

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About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.


Dr. Chris Reber, who has served as CCBC’s President since 2014, announced to the campus today that he has accepted an appointment as President of Hudson County Community College in New Jersey effective July 1.