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Board of Trustees Chair Vic Richel Serves as Co-Facilitator for International Middle States Webinar


CRANFORD – Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel served as a panelist for the International Middle States Commission on Higher Education webinar, “Applying, Assessing, and Documenting Effective Board Governance,” on December 8. The webinar was sponsored by AGB Consulting and addressed the topic of board governance.

Mr. Richel served as a co-facilitator for this event with the Chief of Staff at SUNY at Albany Dr. Bruce Szelest; Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning, Chief of Staff, and Secretary to the Board at Saint Peter’s University Dr. Virginia Bender; and Emeritus Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Penn College Board of Directors Dr. Blannie Bowen. Presenters were from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Vice Presidents Dr. Robert A. Bonfiglio and Dr. Sean McKitrick.

Mr. Richel has been a member of the Union County College Boards of Trustees and Governors since 1982 and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. In addition to the College’s boards, he has served on a number of boards within the community, including currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Trinitas Health and Regional Medical Center.

“As the Chair of our Board of Trustees, Mr. Richel has played a critical role in successfully navigating the changes and challenges we’ve faced over the years,” stated Union County College President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “He is an excellent leader and we are grateful for his steadfast dedication and service to the College.”

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 18 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 20,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or an Associate in Applied Science degree.