Keith Figgs

Keith Figgs

VINELAND — Keith Figgs, of Vineland, was unanimously elected chairman of the Cumberland County College board of trustees at its meeting Thursday.

Ginger Chase was elected vice chair; Elizabeth Riley-Wasserman was named treasurer, and Pamela Ann Sjogren, secretary. Figgs is replacing Charles J. Brett, who served for two years as the board chair and will continue as a board member until his term expires.

College President Thomas Isekenegbe said Figgs has proven his commitment to the college.

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"Dr. Keith Figgs is always there when he is needed," Isekenegbe said. "He attends all the important campus and community events, state functions and national conferences, where he often makes presentations on community college issues and best practices.”

Figgs was the assistant superintendent for administration for the Vineland Public School District from 1993 to 2009, and acting superintendent in 2009. He served as a network turnaround officer for the New Jersey Department of Education, leading reform efforts at two schools in Camden from 2010 to 2012.

Two new members were sworn in. Michael R. DeLeon, of Vineland, and Christine Ward Garrison, of Millville, replace Carole D.S. Greene and Barbara Ann Logan, whose terms have expired.

DeLeon, a graduate of Cumberland County College, founded Steered Straight Inc., which brings ex-offenders and others to serve as motivational speakers at schools and organizations. He is a member of the Walton Rand Institute at Rutgers University and the Cumberland County Human Relations Commission.

Garrison, who served on the college board from 1996 to 2001, is development and communications coordinator for YMCA of Vineland/Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and is active in numerous organizations.

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