WEST WINDSOR – Based on her commitment to the expansion and redevelopment of the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) James Kerney Campus in Trenton, MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang has been honored as New Jersey Resident of the Year by the American Institute of Architects-NJ (AIA-NJ).
The presentation was made during AIA-NJ’s Inaugural and Awards Gala in Florham Park on March 23. The event was a celebration of architectural accomplishment in the state over the past year, and included service awards, firm milestones, design award winners, and the Architect of the Year award.
Wang’s accomplishments, as noted by AIA-NJ, included recognition of the potential for MCCC’s Trenton campus, which included redevelopment of existing buildings and expansion of the college’s footprint. Also noted was “an understanding of Smart Growth principles” and the expansion of facilities and programs to “reach and transform the lives of under-served students.”
“Through innovative partnerships with other institutions, with local organizations, with business, industry and developers, she’s leveraging the college’s investment and increasing its impact,” AIA-NJ noted.
Projects at MCCC’s 102 North Broad Street campus in Trenton during Wang’s tenure include expansion of Trenton Hall to include a new art gallery, classroom space that includes labs for Cybersecurity and Security Systems Technology programs, an open-air courtyard, and public meeting space. Additional plans are in the works to convert a vacant building at 101 North Broad to a center for health sciences programs and the renovation of a long-vacant warehouse on Warren Street for new college programs.
“While I am honored to receive this award, these accomplishments were very much a team effort,” Wang said. “None of this could have been accomplished without a supportive county executive and board of freeholders, board of trustees, and the commitment of a very dedicated faculty and staff. I accept this award on behalf of the entire college community.”