Dr. Augustine A. Boakye is Essex County College’s acting/interim president, assuming the leadership position on July 21, 2020. Dr. Boakye started his Essex County College (ECC) career in 2009 and has been an associate professor of Economics, chair of the Division of Business, and acting dean of Liberal Arts and Business.
Dr. Boakye brings to his new position international teaching, research, and working experiences. He recently received the International Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
“With our dedicated faculty and staff, ECC serves a diverse population, transforming lives with its many academic and non-academic programs,” Dr. Boakye said. “We offer a wide range of affordable and quality associate degrees, certificate, and workforce development training programs through online classes and customized hybrid instruction. You may qualify for free tuition through the Community College Opportunity Grant program,” he said.
Under his leadership as Business Division chair, Essex County College secured accreditation for the Business programs from ACBSP. Dr. Boakye was instrumental in developing the partnership between the College and the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB). This partnership has led to financial support and internship opportunities for ECC Hospitality Management majors over the past three years.
Additionally, Dr. Boakye championed the creation of several new academic programs in areas such as Finance and Supply Chain Management. He is the founder of Essex County College’s popular Business Week and Business Plan Competition. Dr. Boakye has also served as the advisor to the Student Government Association.
Dr. Boakye replaces Dr. Anthony E. Munroe, who left ECC to assume the presidency at a New York college.