MAYS LANDING — Barbara Gaba made history twice this week when she was inaugurated as Atlantic Cape Community College’s ninth president.

Gaba, of Mays Landing, is the college’s first woman and its first black president.

She took over for former President Peter Mora in January and has been serving in the leadership position for the past nine months. On Friday, she was presented with the presidential medallion at an investiture ceremony inside the Walter Edge Theatre.

“As we celebrate the last 50 years, we move forward and chart our new course — a new path, a new beginning — and I am honored to be at the helm of our next chapter,” Gaba said.

Gaba said she grew up in New York City, facing poverty. She was raised in the church by her mother, Johnnie Mae Blassingame, who taught her to be grateful to God and to help others. For Gaba, those lessons have translated to her career.