North Shore Community College has concluded a nine-month search for a new leader, choosing a veteran New Jersey educator as its next president.
The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously to recommend the appointment of Patricia A. Gentile to the position. The state Board of Higher Education is set to act on the recommendation at a special meeting Oct. 22.
Gentile, currently dean of advancement, enrollment management, and the Cape May County campus at Atlantic Cape Community College, in New Jersey, was among five finalists and 72 original applicants to succeed Wayne M. Burton, who retired July 31.
If appointed, Gentile would become the first woman and fourth person overall to serve as North Shore’s permanent president since the college began in 1965. She would start work next January at North Shore, which has campuses in Danvers and Lynn, taking the reins from interim president Janice Forsstrom. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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