Dr. Howard Lerner, the Superintendent of the Bergen County Technical Schools has been elected President of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools. Dr. Lerner also serves as the Superintendent of the Bergen County Special Services School District.
He succeeds Dr. Philip Guenther, the Superintendent of Atlantic County Institute of Technology, whose two-year term as NJCCVTS President ends in June.
“Howard’s career has been marked by exceptional professional and academic accomplishment, and he will provide outstanding leadership for the Council and the entire county vocational-technical school community,” said Dr. Guenther. “Howard is passionate about career and technical education and special education, and his vision, experience, and advocacy are a tremendous asset to our organization.”
“This a very exciting time for New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools,” Dr. Lerner said. “The national debate on career and college readiness has focused attention on the extraordinary success of career and technical education students. We will seize this opportunity to change outdated perceptions and build support for the diverse CTE programs provided by New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools.”
Other newly-elected NJCCVTS officers are:
• President-Elect: Timothy McCorkell, Monmouth County Vocational School District
• Vice-President: Brian Loughlin, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools
• Secretary: Dr. Kimberly Metz, Hunterdon County Polytech
• Treasurer: Scott Moffitt, Morris County School of Technology
In addition to the newly elected officers, the 2013-2015 NJCCVTS Executive Committee includes at-large members Gloucester County Institute of Technology Superintendent Michael Dicken, and Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools Superintendent Dr. Chrys Harttraft , as well as past presidents Dr. Guenther, Passaic County Technical Institute Superintendent Diana Lobosco, and Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent Frank Gargiulo.
Dr. Lerner joined the Bergen County Technical and Special Services School Districts in 2006 as the Assistant Superintendent, and was appointed Superintendent in 2011.
He previously served the Wayne Township Public Schools for twelve years as Director of Special Services and Assistant Superintendent. He also worked for the New York City Board of Education for eleven years; his last position there was as a Supervisor in the Brooklyn High School Clinical Services Unit.
A graduate of the New York State University College at Oneonta with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, he received a Master’s Degree in Education and a Professional Diploma in School Psychology from Brooklyn College, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He holds Supervisor and Administrator certificates in both New Jersey and New York.
Dr. Lerner has been a member of the NJCCVTS Executive Committee for the past three years. He has also served as President of the New Jersey Association of Pupil Services Administrators (NJAPSA) and the Chair of the State Special Education Advisory Council (SSEAC), and he currently chairs the Joint Council of County Special Services School Districts.
Dr. Lerner and his wife, Jill, live in Maplewood. They have two daughters: Alexandria, a kindergarten teacher, and Jesi, who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the College of Charleston this year.