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President Hespe's 2013 Report to the Community

President's Report

Burlington County College (BCC) President David C. Hespe has issued his 2013 President’s Report to the Community, highlighting successes of the previous academic year and goals to make the college even more efficient and dynamic.

The report is available online at www.bcc.edu/annualreport.

“Burlington County College is a premiere academic institution because of the support we get from students, faculty, staff, the county, the business community, residents and our military neighbors,” Hespe said. “Our success is shared with many partners and I invite the community to read this report, which records all we achieved together and provides a road map to where we’re headed.”

The 2013 report covers the 2012-2013 Academic Year, which began with a tremendous challenge for the college – sheltering victims of Superstorm Sandy – and ended with appearances of a couple of high-profile guests – a concert by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and Governor Chris Christie, who spotlighted BCC while announcing a new community college scholarship for women and minority students.

The year was President Hespe’s first leading BCC and he restructured the college, placing a greater emphasis on teaching and learning, student success and workforce development.

“Burlington County College’s broadest mission is to serve students effectively and efficiently,” Hespe said. “Working smarter enables us to create innovative academic programs, maximize our resources and keep costs down while providing the best possible education at affordable costs.”

Other highlights from the year include:

  • In-county tuition rates for military and a new scholarship program for their civilian spouses and domestic partners.
  • Free dental procedures worth more than $48,000 for children in need.
  • New “green” offerings including a degree in Sustainability- Policy and Management and certificates in Alternative Energy Technologies and Building Energy Management.
  • A new Willingboro Center.
  • Sports, clubs and cultural events.
  • State grants to upgrade the college’s technology infrastructure, put more technology in classrooms and build the Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

“Burlington County College is a tremendously successful institution and this report includes objective data to prove that point,” Hespe said. “On top of being the best educational value in the state, more than 5 percent of Burlington County’s residents took a course here last year, our transfer and graduation rates are higher than those of our peers and our former students are continuing their education at some of the best four-year institutions in the country.

“I hope the community can take pride in what this book reflects,” Hespe added.

Copies of the report will be available for public review at the BCC libraries on either Pemberton or Mount Laurel campus.