After three years requesting no raises, Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora was given a 2 percent raise by the college board of trustees at their meeting Tuesday.

Board members said in the official resolution that they wanted to recognize Mora's excellent performance ratings over that time and maintain his salary in line with other county college presidents.

In a statement, board Vice Chairwoman Maria Torres, who chairs the Presidential Evaluation Committee, said that this year, as has been consistent with years past, Dr. Mora's performance was scored as "excellent."

"The committee applauds Dr. Mora's efforts to lead our institution," she said. "The Committee also wishes to highlight Dr. Mora's admirable request in the most three recent fiscal years to not seek a raise in compensation, despite excellent evaluations. Indeed, we are grateful to have a president that recognizes the financial position of our college and the counties that we serve."

The raise is retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1. It increases Mora's salary from $179,571 to $183,162.

Mora's last raise was 4 percent in May 2010, which was retroactive for the 2009-2010 school year. At the time the raise was criticized by some county officials. Mora took no raises for the 2010-11, 2011-12 or 2012-13 fiscal years. He gets the same benefit package as other college employees, has a car allowance and the board also contributes 10 percent of his salary to his pension.

A 2011 Star Ledger report on public college presidents' salaries in New Jersey placed Mora in the mid range of community college presidents at the time. Cumberland County College President Thomas Isekenegbe had the lowest base salary at $150,000. Ocean County College President Jon Larson had the second-highest base salary of $224,422. Both also received a housing allowance, which Mora does not.

In 2012-13 Atlantic Cape's annual tuition and fees of $3,735 was the third lowest of the 19 county colleges in the state. The average county college tuition was $4,149. Tuition and fees for 2013-14 at Atlantic Cape increased 6 percent to $3,956.

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