Essex County College President Edythe Abdullah announced today she will step down at the end of the month, ending a three-year tenure in which she often clashed with faculty while trying to reform one of the state’s largest two-year colleges.
Abdullah, the school’s first female president, said she is leaving for a new professional opportunity. But she declined to disclose the nature of the job.
“As I make the difficult yet exciting decision to take on a new professional venture, I am proud to have become a part of the Essex County College community, and to have been able to institute a list of notable accomplishments during my tenure,” said Abdullah, 59.
Gale Gibson, the college’s senior vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer, will take over as interim president on April 1.
The news comes days after Essex County College announced it had received the all-clear from its accrediting agency after nearly two years of warnings and inspections.