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Trustee Ileana Eckert


Mrs. Ileana Eckert was appointed by the Rockland County Legislature to the RCC Board of Trustees on December 3, 2015.  She was appointed to finish the uncompleted term of Dr. Penny Jennings, who resigned to focus on her professional responsibilities. In July 2018 she was reappointed to a second full term that expires in June 2023.

Eckert has served as superintendent of the North Rockland Central School District since 2009, following tenures in the district as a teacher, department coordinator, director of secondary education, assistant principal and assistant and deputy superintendent. She got a head start on her college education by taking 12 credits over two semesters at RCC while still a senior at North Rockland High School. She was able to earn an undergraduate degree in three years, from St. Thomas Aquinas. She also holds a master’s from Kean College and a professional diploma from SUNY New Paltz.

The RCC Board appointment is an extension of the work Eckert and her predecessors have done in fostering close ties with the College. North Rockland High School currently offers more than 10 college-level courses to its students through RCC and uses the College’s Haverstraw campus as a summer school location.

“I am excited to bring a K through 12 perspective to the College,” said Eckert, of Garnerville. “I have great respect for the RCC Board and administration, and a very good relationship with Dr. Cliff Wood. I expect the collaboration between North Rockland and the College to become even stronger.”

Eckert and her husband, Peter, have two grown children and two granddaughters and are deeply involved in community activities. Eckert is active with the North Rockland Rotary, Haverstraw Police Athletic League, and numerous professional associations in education.