Essex County College Renames Main Building For Retired President

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
August 26, 2013

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Essex County College has renamed its main building in honor of one of its founding pioneers.

Dr. A. Zachary Yamba served as President of the college for more than 3 decades making him the longest serving president in New Jersey’s higher-education system. Yamba is credited with fighting to keep the college’s main campus in Newark following the 1967 riots. He also helped to build the college into the accredited institution that it is today. Dr. Gale Gibson, Interim President of Essex County College, says she wants students to remember Yamba’s incredible legacy.

“He fought for quality education for all those who come into this building that he not only fought a political fight he fought an educational fight, that he was a pioneer of why they have the ability to enter this college.”

Gibson says she calls the school the house that Zach built. The 600,000 square foot building that covers three city blocks will now be known as the A. Zachary Yamba Building.


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