Served as Warren County Community College’s president since 2003, when at the age of 33 he was appointed as NJ’s youngest president.
As president of Warren County Community College, Dr. Austin managed a 120% growth in enrollment, advancing enrollment and improving graduation outcomes for eight consecutive years. WCCC has been twice recognized as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country by Community College Week. He has initiated new campus construction leading to the doubling of the physical campus space; and has ended every fiscal year at WCCC with a revenue surplus.
He has led the development of new academic programs, including the first new nursing program in the state of New Jersey in over two decades and the nationally acclaimed veterans program known as VIPER which has been featured and endorsed in media as diversified as WRNJ, FOX NEWS and PBS.
During his tenure as a pre-presidential leader and as part of his dissertation at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Austin developed a new strategic planning process, detailed in his book, Strategic Planning for Smart Leadership that remains in print, is enjoying a second edition, and has been used continuously as a text in graduate schools throughout the nation for well over a decade. He is co-author of the book, Dollars & Sense: A Guide to Financial Security designed for students to understand and master the complex world of personal financial management for which he has appeared on television to promote and discuss.
Additionally, Dr. Austin has authored higher education related works, such as: “The Provost & President: When Things Don’t Go Well – Four Clues” in The Provost’s Handbook (2015, Johns Hopkins University Press); & “State of Successions” (Community College Journal, 2015). He has also presented at numerous national and regional conferences of community college administrators and trustees on presidential contracts, presidential searches, remedial education renewal, veterans programs, the role of the faculty of the future, the community college Baccalaureate, & media crisis management.
Dr. Austin has been a publicly elected school board president for a comprehensive pre-K-12 district that faced tremendous obstacles in light of a redistricting. Dr. Austin has been awarded the Mallinckrodt Baker Silver Tray award for volunteerism, the “Good Scout” award from the Boy Scouts, the Warren-Sussex County NAACP President’s Award, and the American Association of University Administrators McInnis/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership among others.
Dr. Austin currently serves as the national Immediate Past Chair of the American Association of Community Colleges’ President’s Academy Executive Committee – the nation’s premier organization for community college presidential professional development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Dr. Austin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University (MD), a Master’s degree from Temple University (PA) and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University (FL).