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Eric M. Friedman | President, Bergen Community College

Eric M. Friedman | President, Bergen Community College

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Eric Friedman serves as the President of Bergen Community College. Prior, he was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey. He oversaw the college’s credit-bearing divisions as well as workforce development, continuing education, school and college relations, faculty and staff development, and the landmark Culinary Conference Center.

Dr. Friedman has taught at community colleges and baccalaureate institutions including Drew University, Passaic County Community College, Hudson County Community College, The New School, and The Art Institute of New York City. Friedman has presented at numerous national conferences including AACC, STEMtech, NISOD, and HACU.

Prior to coming to work in higher education, he held significant managerial positions in hospitality management.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Friedman earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver and his Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Friedman earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, and a certificate from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.

As a passionate champion of student success in community colleges, Dr. Friedman received the 2015 Distinguished College Administrator Award from the International Phi Theta Kappa organization and a 2014 Rotary Club of Jersey City Community Service Award. For Friedman’s work on the transformation of ESL education, he was honored by the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges with their 2013 Spirit Award.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Friedman is an active member of Hudson County’s Workforce Investment Board, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association’s Education Committee, the Employer Legislative Committee, has lobbied in Washington on behalf of community college students, and recently served on the mission-review committee for the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.

You can connect with Friedman on LinkedIn.

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