Student Affairs Deans
Dean, Student Affairs – Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center
For over 20 years, Ms. Liguori has instructed and counseled at the College. Before her appointment to dean, she served roles such as a full professor, counseling center coordinator and acting director of student life.
Ms. Liguori has publications on topics such as community college student retention, student customer service and hearing impairment. She holds a M.A. from New York University and a B.S., Stockton State College.
Rachel Lerner Colucci
Dean, Student Life and Conduct
Rachel Lerner Colucci joined the Student Affairs Leadership Team at Bergen Community College in July of 2015.
Prior to coming to Bergen, Rachel served as the Assistant Dean of Students at Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY and as the Director of Student Activities and Orientation at SUNY Maritime College from 2005 – 2010. In the Spring of 2008, she circumnavigated the globe visiting 12 countries as a Residence Director on the Semester at Sea program. She was recently recognized with Rockland County’s 40 Under 40 award and is an Alum of the Leadership Rockland program.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in German Language and Literature and earned a Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in 2005, both from the University at Buffalo.
Dean, Center for Student Success
Dean Reyes joined Bergen Community College in 2007 as a counselor and advanced to the Director of the Career and Transfer Center. She served as Interim Dean of the Center for Student Success for two years before the permanent appointment of Dean in 2013. Dean Reyes held various other positions in counseling and administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan campus for 11 years prior to Bergen.
A graduate of Montclair State University with a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology and women’s studies, Dean Reyes earned a master’s degree in Individual Counseling, Educational Leadership and Human Services also from Montclair State University.
Associate Dean, Student Success and Completion
Jill Rivera joined Bergen Community College in 2009 as Assistant Coordinator of the Educational Opportunity Fund and became a member of the Leadership Team in March 2015 as the Associate Dean of Student Success and Completion.
She is also an assessment fellow for the Center for Institutional Effectiveness at Bergen Community College.
Dean Rivera holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from William Paterson University and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from Seton Hall University.
Peter Stephen Vida
Dean of Enrollment Services
Peter has worked in higher education since 1985. In his role as Associate Dean for Enrollment Services at Hudson County Community College, Peter led the Admissions, Registrar, Testing and Assessment, supported veteran services, led the implementation of Recruiter (CRM) for Admissions, delivered largest consecutive enrollments in that college’s history, and served on the Middle States Periodic Review team.
As Vice President for Enrollment Management, while at Metropolitan College of New York, he reversed the declining new student enrollment by more than 15% and increased retention by 5%.
While at Union County College he served as Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management/Counseling Services and led the enrollment team’s effort to achieve consecutive periods of the highest institutional enrollments to date.
Auto-pilot Flight Controls Systems Specialist for the United States Air Force, Peter has worked at College of Aeronautics, Monroe College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.
At Bergen Community College, Peter works closely with all areas within Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and more specifically with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness as enrollment becomes an institutional priority.