The board of trustees of Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, has named Lovell Pugh-Bassett as the sixth president of the college. When she takes office on July 1, Dr. Pugh-Basset will be the first person of color to lead the college in its 54-year history.
Camden County College enrolls more than 8,100 students, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 19 percent of the student body.
“There is a part to play for all of us in impacting and changing the lives of those we serve. We can only dream that we are able to have an opportunity to use our gift to impact our work,” Dr. Pugh-Bassett said. “I am fortunate that my gifts don’t force me to silo my contributions into separate buckets. At Camden County College I am able to merge my passions so that my advocacy can manifest itself in my professional universe.”
Dr. Pugh-Bassett has served as the vice president of institutional effectiveness, advancement, and strategic initiatives at Camden County College since August of 2019. This marked her return to higher education after 20 years with the New Jersey Department of Education, having served in a number of capacities culminating in the role of Superintendent of Schools for Camden County. Earlier, she was program coordinator for the math/science Upward Bound program at Temple University and then program director for Upward Bound at Philadelphia Community College.