Atlantic Cape Community College was recognized by the Southern New Jersey Development Council for marking its 50th anniversary of creating opportunity for residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties.
During its Dec. 16 holiday luncheon at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, the council also honored Dr. Peter L. Mora, college president, who will retire Dec. 31 after serving the college in various roles for 41 years.
Mora, of Palermo, has served as the college provost for Cape May County, dean of Continuing Education and Extension Centers, and associate dean of Economic Development and Continuing Education. He was associate dean of Academics and taught in and chaired the college’s Developmental Studies Division.
“Dr. Mora will be remembered for his dedication to our students and the communities of Atlantic and Cape May counties. Throughout the course of his tenure, our three campuses have been transformed into exceptional learning environments that will prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century. Indeed, we would not be where we are today without his leadership,” Maria Ivette Torres, member of the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees, said when announcing Mora’s retirement earlier this year.
In December 1963, the State Department of Education granted approval for the establishment of Atlantic Community College, which became the second college to be organized by the state on April 14, 1964. The college opened its doors to students in September 1966, using facilities rented from Atlantic City High School. Atlantic Cape now has full-service campuses in Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House. In 1999, the college officially became a joint college between Atlantic and Cape May counties and was renamed Atlantic Cape Community College.
Atlantic Cape is hosting a series of events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary. For more information, visit atlantic.edu/50.