Our History

1960s

Board of Freeholders approves the creation of Essex County College.

August '66

Robert McCabe is appointed Essex County College’s first President.

May '67

3,400 students begin classes at 31 Clinton Street, Newark, former site of Seton Hall Law School.

September '68

Dr. Ellis White becomes the second President.

January '69
1970s

Peoples council manifesto demands main campus remain in Newark.

January ’70

214 graduates receive degrees and certificates at the first ECC Commencement.

May ’70

J. Harry Smith becomes the third President and the first black college president in the State of New Jersey.

May ’71

Groundbreaking for Megastructure campus in Newark.

June ’72

College is accredited by the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education.

March ’74

The College and FOCUS Center agreement to offer off-campus educational services.

September ’74

First ECC Fulbright Scholar.

January ’76

 

Opening of the Megastructure at 303 University Avenue.

April ’76

Dr. George Harris becomes the fourth President.

July ’78

 

The West Essex Extension Center opens in a former elementary school in West Caldwell.

January ’79

Presidential Tuition Scholarship established.

August ’79

The College and Ironbound Center agreement to offer off-campus educational services.

September ’79
1980s

Dr. A. Zachary Yamba becomes the fifth President.

May ’80

Accreditation reaffirmed by Middle States.

February ’81

Purchase of 8-acre site in West Caldwell.

April ’82

Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa chartered.

September ’82

339 graduates receive degrees and certificates at Commencement.

June ’83

WISE (Women in Service to Essex) Women’s Center opens as a full service department.

September ’83

Opening of expanded and renovated West Essex Extension Center.

September ’85

 

Opening of the Gymnasium and Child Development Center.

October ’85

ENET TV49 on Cablevision goes live, transmitting a signal via microwave from the MPT studio.

December ’85

Nursing gets its footing and develops into current program.

January ’87

 

Gala opening of the Mary B. Burch Theater for the Performing Arts.

March ’89

West Essex is granted branch campus status by the NJ State Department of Higher Education.

May ’89
1990s

Accreditation reaffirmed.

March ’92

ECC celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

October ’92

College domain essex.edu was established and website development begins.

October ’92

498 graduates receive degrees and certificates at Commencement.

June ’93

Opening of the Center for Technology and first time an engineering technology program (Civil Construction) received ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accreditation.

October ’96

ECC Women win National Junior College Athletic Association Indoor Track Championship.

March ’97

Training, Inc. moves to Megastructure.

November ’98

 

College begins operation of the Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove.

December ’98

 

Dedication of the Clara E. Dasher Student Center.

September ’99
2000s

 

Renovated MLK Library reopens.

August ’00

Opening of the Africana Institute attended by King Of Ghana’s Asante Kingdom.

May ’01

Accreditation reaffirmed.

June ’01

Dedication of J. Harry Smith Lecture Hall.

February ’03

Dedication of Morton A. Siegler Lecture Hall.

June ’03

ECC’s “Olympic Track Dynasty” begins with former ECC student-athlete winning Bronze Medal at Summer Olympics.

August ’04

Opening of the Learning Center.

September ’05

First Honors Program classes held.

January ’06

The first Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship is awarded to an ECC student.

April ’06

Opening of Urban Issues Institute.

July ’06

Groundbreaking for the Center for Health Sciences.

September ’06

ECC Women win National Junior College Athletic Association Indoor Track Championship.

March ’07

 

 

 

 

 

800 – space parking deck opens.

August ’08

 

Eleven former student-athletes compete in the Summer Olympics, winning Gold, Silver and two Bronze Medals.

August ’08
2010 - Present

Dr. A. Zachary Yamba retires after 29 years as president.

March ’10

Dr. Edythe Abdullah becomes the sixth President.

April ’10

Unveiling of new Media Production & Technology Center.

April ’10

Second ECC Fulbright Scholar.

January ’11

First firefighter graduation class at ECC Police Academy.

September ’11

Opening of the Faculty Assessment Center.

December ’11

Opening of Student Success Center.

April ’12

The College and North Ward Center agreement to offer off-campus educational services.

June ’12

Third ECC Fulbright Scholar.

June ’12

Eleven current and former student-athletes compete in the Summer Olympics, winning Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.

August ’12

Dr. Gale E. Gibson is named Interim President.

March ’13

Accreditation reaffirmed.

March ’13

Three students earn Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarships, bringing ECC’s total scholars to nine.

April ’13

 

1,464 receive degrees and certificates, the largest ECC Commencement class.

May ’13

45th academic year begins.

July ’13

Dr. Gale E. Gibson becomes the College’s 7th President.

October ’13

Dr. Zachary A. Yamba returns as the College’s interim president.

March ’16

Dr. Anthony E. Munroe becomes the College’s 8th President.

May ’17

The Information Commons opens following official ribbon cutting ceremony.

November ’17

Celebrating 50 years of servicing our students and community

2018