Vincent J. (Vinnie) Gorman

Vincent J. (Vinnie) Gorman

Class: 1962Inducted: 2024

While at APHS Vinnie played three varsity sports including football, basketball, and baseball. When not participating in athletics he served four years as an elected Student Council Officer and was active in numerous student clubs. He was selected as a New Jersey Boys State Representative and a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist his senior year.

Upon graduation from APHS Vinnie continued his undergraduate and graduate education at Monmouth College as a night student while working full-time. Following graduation from Monmouth he began a successful career with IBM. While there he was recruited by Brookdale Community College to head up its new Systems and Data Services Department. Vinnie joined Brookdale in 1972 shortly after its founding in the late 1960’s.

His Brookdale career spanned 32 years during which Vinnie lead Brookdale’s technology efforts culminating in BCC’s recognition as one of the nation’s leading community colleges in the application of technology. As a result, BCC was invited to join the prestigious League for Innovation comprised of a small group of technology-driven community colleges spread across the country.

Mid-way through his career at BCC Vinnie was asked to serve as Executive Vice President for Administration, Operations and Technology. While serving in his new role as Chief Operating Officer he spearheaded important strategic planning initiatives for technology and facilities. A Ten-Year Facilities Master Plan was developed under his tutelage which eventually guided a $110 million Lincroft campus expansion and renovation program which was fully achieved in 2003.

At the same time the Lincroft campus was undergoing significant change Vinnie was actively planning for and securing property for the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center located in Freehold Township and the multi-institutional Campus Center located in Wall Township. These neighborhood learning centers continue to annually serve thousands of students to this day.

While at BCC Vinnie supported several business and civic activities by serving on numerous Boards of Directors including Bayshore Community Hospital, Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Long Branch (Redevelopment) Tomorrow, Pan African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Brookdale CC Foundation. He is most proud of the time spent serving as president of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly known as National Conference for Christians and Jews).

He also served on several advisory boards including the County Vocational High School Technology Board, Sovereign Bank Business Advisory Board, and the Township of Ocean Recreation Commission. However, it wasn’t all business as Vinnie spent nine years coaching both boys’ and girls’ soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball. He also served as President of the Ocean Township United Traveling Soccer Association.

While at BCC Vinnie received the Alumni Board of Directors prestigious “Barringer Award”, named after former president Bob Barringer, for enhancing student learning experiences and providing faculty and staff with 21st century technology and facilities.

Upon retirement Vinnie was honored by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly for his extraordinary contributions to BCC which contributed immeasurably to the College’s success and recognition as one of the leading community colleges in the country. They further stated his high ideals and exemplary dedication established him as a model to emulate and set a standard of excellence toward which others might strive. While at the same time Monmouth County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders acknowledged Vinnie’s over 3 decades of distinguished service and tireless efforts on behalf of Monmouth County’s citizens and particularly BCC’s students.

BCC’s Board of Directors commended Vinnie for exhibiting the highest levels of professionalism, dignity and loyalty to the College while serving with distinction for three-plus decades. The Board asserted he was the personification of kindness, style, and grace to all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. In honor of Vinnie’s service, the Board named the building where he first resided some 32 years earlier, Gorman Hall. In addition, an endowed scholarship was created in his name and exclusively designated, per Vinnie’s wishes, for APHS students. Called the Vinnie Gorman Blue Bishop Endowed Scholarship -- available to both male and female students, it has been offered annually since 2004 to a deserving scholar-athlete who represents the notable traditions we all embrace and respect as APHS alumni.

Vinnie married his APHS sweetheart Janet Daley (Class of 1963). They have happily shared 61 years together raising two children and, more recently, doting over four grandchildren.