By Rachel Robin
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Jacqueline Tenuto has been a faculty member at Camden County College for 26 years and has spent nine of those years as director of student life and activities.
In July, Tenuto was promoted to acting assistant dean for student development and support. The role will become official in a couple of months.
Tenuto was born in Audubon. She attended Camden County College for two years and received her associate’s degree in marketing from the college. She then attended Rider University, where she received her bachelor of science degree in education. Tenuto taught high school for three years before she started her career at Camden County College.
Tenuto said three key mentors helped her become the professional woman she is today. Bernie Carlson, former director of student life and activities, was Tenuto’s adviser and mentor. As a Camden County College student, Tenuto worked for him in the Job Placement Department. Tenuto’s other two mentors were Joan Haefe, who was the transfer director, and Joe Haro, who was one of Tenuto’s marketing professors.
Tenuto said the students have motivated her the most to do her job for so long.
“I like being with the students directly. The students come to me for everything,” Tenuto said. “Knowing that I can help a student or the satisfaction of helping someone is what excites me.”
Tenuto wears many hats at Camden County College as both director of student life and activities and acting assistant dean for student development and support.
“I’m always here for the students for anything they need. I’m seen as the help desk,” she said.
With her new position to become official in a couple of months, Tenuto said she is looking forward to adding services that will help students at Camden County College.
“I’m looking forward to handling discipline, expanding student services such as mental health workshops and workshops to help students with time and stress management, along with other activities,” Tenuto said. “The door is always open here at the Office of Student Life and Activities.”