Board of Trustees

Meet Our Board & Get Involved

The Board of Trustees approves the College's mission and goals and oversees the institution's performance. The Board approves admission standards, degree requirements and academic programs; determines tuition and fees; establishes budgets and capital initiatives; approves plans, contracts, and expenditures; and invests funds. 

2019 Board Meeting Schedule

Board of Trustees meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted. There are no regular meetings in August and December. Meetings are held in the Board Room in the Administration Building. A special meeting may be called and noticed.

For information about a specific Board of Trustees meeting, contact the Assistant to the President at 973-300-2120 or by email.

Board Meeting Dates and Public Notice

January 22, 2019

July 23, 2019

February 26, 2019

August – No meeting

March 26, 2019

September 24, 2019

April 23, 2019

October 22, 2019

May 28, 2019

*November 26, 2019

June 25, 2019

December – No Meeting

*Note: November 26, 2019 – The Board Reorganization Meeting begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m.

Accommodation will be made for individuals with a disability, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provided the individual with the disability includes notice to the Board Secretary 48 hours before the public meeting.

Concerning individuals with a hearing disability who require live transcription services, such as the services of a CART transcriber, please provide notice to the Board Secretary seven days before the public meeting.

Board of Trustees

William P. Curcio

William P. Curcio is the Founder and Managing Member of Winston Church Associates, a managerial consulting group. Prior to this position, he was the Executive Vice President of Eastern Propane Corporation.

Curcio received his undergraduate degree from DeSales University and a Master’s Degree from Lehigh University with post graduate work at the School of Petroleum, Oxford University and MIT.


Appointed April 12, 2017

Michael Spekhardt

Michael Spekhardt is an IT Software Compliance Manager within the United Parcel Service’s Global Business Services Group. Prior to this, he was an IT Commodity Contracts Manager responsible for IT acquisitions worldwide for more than 25 years.

Spekhardt was appointed to the Board of Trustees on November 25, 2014. Before his appointment, he served as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councilman for Sparta Township; was a Board of Trustees member for the Sparta Public Library; and served two terms on the Sparta Township Planning Board.

Spekhardt received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University and his Associates Degree in Business and Public Administration from Union County College. He and his wife, Mary Pat, have lived in Sussex County for almost 30 years, raising their three children there. When not at work, he has volunteers as a youth sports coach and enjoys spending time with his wife and children. His hobbies include sports photography and waiting patiently for the Mets to win another World Series.


Appointed November 25, 2014

Tyler Morgas

Dr. Tyler Morgus is the Strategic Marketing Manager of Thorlabs and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December of 2014 by the Governor of NJ Chris Christie. Prior to Thorlabs, he completed his Ph.D. in experimental atomic and molecular physics at Lehigh University. Following which he spent three and a half years as a Physics Professor at East Stroudsburg University before joining Thorlabs in 2006 as a member of the Technical Marketing Group.

Morgus also represents Thorlabs in the National Photonics Initiative Group and the Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group. When not at work, he is an amateur photographer, hiker and runner.


Governor appointed December 23, 2014


Jane Brown is the former CFO and Investment Associate of the Drexel Fund. Prior to joining Drexel, Jane spent 18 years as the CFO of a network of K-12 Catholic Schools in northwest New Jersey with assets in excess of $31M.

Jane began her career on Wall Street as an International Banker and in 2006 under the State of NJ Banking Commission and FDIC became a founder and incorporator of a local community bank. Throughout her life, she has served on the boards of both local and national non-profit corporations. In early 2000 she spent six years lobbying in Washington for the American Hospital Association and continues to be an active advocate for health care and education reform.

Jane has an MBA in Finance and was invited to participate in the Intensive Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program as well as in the Governing for Non-Profit Excellence program at Harvard. She resides in Sparta where she has lived for over 40 years.


Dr. Howard Burrell brings to the Sussex County Community College Board his experiences as the Special Assistant to the President of Felician University, NJ; an Adjunct Professor at Centenary University, NJ; an Assistant Director in the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; a Sussex County Freeholder; an Officer in the U.S. Air Force; and the International Sales Manager for a major specialty chemical company.

He also currently serves on the State of New Jersey Selective Service System Local Board; the Board of Trustees for the Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery; as a State Commissioner on the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, where he serves as the Commission’s Chair, and represents the Commission as one of four Directors on the Board of the Dundee Water, Power & Land Company, a New Jersey Corporation owned 50% by the Commission with United Water Resources, Inc. 

Dr. Burrell’s academic education includes a Bachelors in Business Administration, and a Masters and Doctorate in Psychology.

Dr. Paul Crowley

Dr. Paul Crowley’s career includes a distinguished record of service to his country and the Borough of Franklin. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army with more than 34 years of military service. Crowley’s service to his community includes many years of volunteer work and active community involvement. He has served on the Franklin Borough Planning Board, Franklin Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment, Franklin Board of Education, Sussex County Education Services Commission, Franklin Drug Alliance Program, Franklin Historical Society, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Dr. Crowley also served as Mayor of Franklin from 2008–2015.

Crowley received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from St. Peter’s College and his Doctorate from the New Jersey Dental School – Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and maintained a dental practice in Franklin for many years. He and his wife, Carol, have lived in Franklin for more than 25 years, raising their four children there.


Appointed April 12, 2017


Maryanne Fox, a retired hospital administrator, was appointed to the Board of Trustees on July 9, 2014. She was a hospital administrator for 25 years. Most recently, Fox was the Director of Quality at Newton Medical Center. She serves on the Policy and Audit Committee of the Board and is the liaison for Sussex to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

Fox also serves on the Board of Trustees of SEQUAL (Senior Quality of Life Foundation), a Sussex County organization. She attended Sussex County Community College and holds a BS from Kean University. She currently lives in Hopatcong with her husband and enjoys traveling in her free time.



Appointed July 9, 2014

Rachaek Geraci

Rachel Geraci is a VP of Mortgage Lending at a national mortgage company. She has over 20 years experience in the mortgage banking industry. She served on the board for the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce as President, was a member of the Branchville Rotary and participated in the Money Smart Week committee for over 6 years.

When not at work or volunteering she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


Appointed September 11, 2013

James Hofmann

James Hofmann is a longtime teacher at Newton’s Halsted Middle School and renowned for his work with the school’s STEM program and as the coach of both the FLL and the FRC school’s robotics teams.

Hofmann is a very active community volunteer. He is a life member and past officer of the Newton Fire Department, Founder and Administrator of the Newton Hockey Program, and was an Assistant Boy Scout leader for troop 184 in Green for many years.

Under Hofmann’s leadership, his first varsity tri-district robotics team earned the Team Underwriter Laboratory Industrial Safety Award in St. Louis and the Engineering Inspiration Award at Lehigh University.

A resident of Newton since 1986, he lives with his wife Amanda, a science teacher in Vernon schools. Hofmann has two grown children, both of whom graduated from Newton High School.


Governor appointed November 14, 2017

Dr. Rosalie Lamonte

Dr. Rosalie S. Lamonte currently serves as the Executive County Superintendent for Sussex and Warren counties. As such, she is a member by statute of the College’s Board of Trustees. Prior to her appointment as county superintendent, Lamonte served as a field superintendent for 12 years in the Hackettstown, Montville and Mt. Olive school districts.

Lamonte holds a B.A. degree from Barnard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish and Italian studies from Columbia University.


County Superintendent is a permanent position, as per NJ Statute 18A:64-8

Gerald A. Scanlan

Gerard Scanlan is a Director within the Nokia Services Solutions Group focusing on Managed Services Business Development in North America. Prior to this, he led the Business Management team for the Lucent Technologies – Branch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Scanlan received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Siena College and his MBA in Marketing from Farleigh Dickenson University.


Appointed November 30, 2011

Alumni Member

Steven Kent currently serves as the Sussex County Community College's Student Alumni Member on the Board of Trustees. Prior to being elected to the position, he attended SCCC and successfully graduated with an Associate Degree in Computer Science. Steven's role as Alumni Member is to foster meaningful connections between students and staff in the spirit of making SCCC more accessible and inclusive for all.

When not working or serving at his position on the Board, Steven volunteers with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to maintain and build trails for public use.

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

A five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders governs Sussex County and is elected at large by the registered voters of the county’s municipalities. The Freeholders have a long history of dedication and support to Sussex County Community College.

  • Herbert Yardley, Freeholder Director
  • Sylvia Petillo, Freeholder Deputy Director
  • Dawn Fantasia, Freeholder Member
  • George F. Graham, Freeholder Member
  • Joshua L. Hertzberg, Freeholder Member

Trustee Applicants

The Governor appoints two of the Trustee positions. Individuals willing to serve should send a letter of interest directly to the Governor’s Appointments Office, who has authority over these two seats on the Sussex County Community College Board of Trustees. Direct correspondence to:

Matthew McDermott, Appointments Director
Office of the Governor
State House
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

Applicants are free to copy Senator Oroho’s office as well:
Jeffrey L. Spatola, Chief of Staff
Senator Steven V. Oroho, District 24
Sussex-Warren-Morris Counties
One Wilson Drive, Suite 2B
Sparta, NJ 07871