Timothy McCorkell, the superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District, is the new president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS).
McCorkell’s two-year term as president began on July 1. He succeeded Bergen County Technical Schools Superintendent Dr. Howard Lerner, who served as the council’s president from 2013-2015.
“I’m honored to be leading the council during this very exciting time for county vocational-technical schools and students,” McCorkell said. “Policy leaders at all levels of government and in the private sector now recognize that career and technical education is a key driver for our economy and that it benefits all types of students.”
McCorkell said New Jersey county vocational-technical schools have benefited from “an extraordinary commitment from Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, lawmakers from both parties, the Christie administration and the business community to make career and technical education a priority in our state. Six pieces of legislation to help our schools and ultimately enable more students to benefit from career and technical education were signed in recent months.
“This commitment continued in the newly enacted state budget, where we received funding for two important initiatives,” he said. “Under the Speaker’s leadership, the Legislature allocated $3 million for a second round of CTE partnership grants. And, after many years, we received welcome recognition that adult education is an important economic initiative, as the Legislature restored $4 million in funding for adult CTE and adult high school programs.
“This is a period of tremendous opportunity for us as county vocational-technical school leaders, and our challenge is to continue the positive momentum by building and strengthening partnerships to enhance and grow our programs,” McCorkell said.-
The council, which includes the superintendents of New Jersey’s 21 county vocational-technical schools, also elected other new officers and executive committee members for 2015-2017. They are:
• President-Elect: Brian Loughlin, Superintendent, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools
• Vice-President: Scott Moffitt, Superintendent, Morris County Vocational School District
• Treasurer: Michael Dicken, Superintendent, Gloucester County Institute of Technology
• Secretary: Dr. Christopher Manno, Superintendent, Burlington County Institute of Technology
• Executive Committee, At-Large: Dr. Chrys Harttraft, Superintendent, Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools
• Executive Committee, At-Large: Dr. Kimberley Metz, Superintendent, Hunterdon County Polytech
McCorkell was appointed superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) in 2009. He has worked in the district since 1992, also serving as assistant principal of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST), principal of the Academy of Allied Health and Science and assistant superintendent.
He began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Red Bank Catholic High School. From 1980 until 1992, he worked at Point Pleasant Beach High School, where he taught social studies and served as the varsity football and track and field head coach, as supervisor of athletics, physical education and health, and as assistant principal.
A graduate of West Chester State College in Pennsylvania, he holds a master’s degree in educational administration, supervision and curriculum development from Georgian Court College.
McCorkell lives in Brielle with his wife Susan, a registered nurse, and their two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Cooper and Brody. He has two adult children – Meghan, a television news reporter at WJZ in Baltimore, and Rory, a financial analyst for United Technologies in Massachusetts – and one grandson, Holden Thomas McCorkell.