Baker Assaf, of Paterson, a recent graduate and former president of the NJIT Student Senate, received the Presidential Leadership Award, at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration held on Sept. 2, 2009. Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.
A. Zachary Yamba, EdD, President of Essex County College, was the keynote speaker. Yamba is the longest-serving college president in New Jersey, who is widely credited with transforming Essex County College into the vibrant and progressive institution that today enrolls more than 20,000 students. Yamba was one of the early founders of a partnership that has enabled ECC and neighboring NJIT, Rutgers-Newark and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to collaborate on numerous collegiate and community initiatives in the city’s University Heights district.
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