Christine Harrington, Ph.D. Named New Executive Director of Statewide Community College Student Success Center

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges has hired Christine Harrington, Ph.D., of East Windsor, as the new executive director of the New Jersey Center for Student Success.

The New Jersey Center for Student Success works collaboratively with all 19 community colleges in New Jersey to increase successful experiences and outcomes for community college students. Toward this end, the Center organizes professional development events, provides technical assistance with various success initiatives, and participates in statewide and national conversations focused on improving student outcomes. The Center has two locations, the main office in Trenton at the NJCCC and a satellite location at Middlesex County College in Edison.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Harrington on board as the new executive director of the New Jersey Center for Student Success,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “Her work at Middlesex County College and impressive knowledge and national leadership in the field of student success makes her a valuable asset to our community college faculty and staff members engaged in student success initiatives.”

“I am extremely excited to be working as a member of the New Jersey Center for Student Success. I believe that the work that we do at the Center has the ability to truly benefit the lives of the community college students, and I look forward to working with our 19 community colleges as we continue to improve student outcomes,” Harrington added.

Harrington joins the New Jersey Center for Student Success on a two-year release agreement from Middlesex County College where she serves as a professor of psychology and student success. Prior to working as a professor, she was a full-time counselor at the College. In her position as the coordinator for the student success course and as an author of a research-based first year seminar textbook, Student Success in College: Doing What Works! 2nd edition, she has become a national figure in the first-year experience world.

Harrington earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University and her M.A. in counseling and personnel services and B.A. in psychology from The College of New Jersey. Aside from student success, she is also passionate about faculty development, and served as the director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching for five years at Middlesex County College.

New Jersey is a part of the National Student Success Center network funded by the Kresge Foundation, which also includes Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Texas, and Washington. Other sponsors and partners of the New Jersey Center for Student Success include The Fund for New Jersey, Jobs for the Future, the New Jersey Education Association, the Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, the Prudential Foundation, the PSE&G Foundation, the State Street Foundation, and New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The Council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.


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