Keynote Speaker Dr. Richard Greenfield
In 1962, after Governor Richard J. Hughes enacted a new law governing the establishment of county colleges in New Jersey, Mercer County Community College was born.
A new Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Richard K. Greenfield as president, placing their trust in him to guide the college through its transition from Trenton Junior College into a new era.
Dr. Greenfield is a historian who served in the military for three years, then earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and his master’s and doctorate from Columbia University. He taught and served as dean at community colleges in New York, and was president of Sullivan County College before being tapped to lead us at Mercer.
The first order of business for Dr. Greenfield and the college’s trustees was to develop a master plan for the future, and to find a site for a new campus. They chose this 290-acre site in West Windsor -- the geographical center of the county, and construction soon began. The new campus was dedicated in September of 1972.
The trustees continued their commitment to education in downtown Trenton, and in July of 1972, the Trenton Center moved to the Kelsey Building (now housing Thomas Edison State College). The James Kerney Foundation later donated an acre of land at the corner of Academy and North Broad Streets, and our new downtown facility was completed in 1976.
The nine years that Dr. Greenfield served as president – 1966 to 1975, were a critical period of growth and change. The college grew tremendously, began many new programs and services, and became the center for education in our county.
Thank you, Dr. Greenfield, for your vision and leadership, and for setting this college on the right path for growth.