The Rockland County Legislature has appointed Mendel Taub of Spring Valley as the newest member of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees. “We welcome Mendel’s enthusiasm and commitment to education and to RCC and its students,” Legislature Chairman Alden H. Wolfe, D-Montebello, said. “The college will be well-served by his volunteerism.”
The Multi-Services Committee, chaired by Legislator Phil Soskin, D-Monsey, approved Taub’s appointment prior to the nod by the full Legislature. “He is an enthusiastic and dedicated young man who will bring fresh perspective to the board and the college,” Soskin said.
Taub, 21, has deep roots at RCC, where he participated in the prestigious Honors Program and graduated with an associate’s degree in liberal arts. He was elected to serve as the student representative on the Board of Trustees and found himself busy lobbying to increase student aid. He also worked to get more funding for student involvement activities, and helped explore the possibility of future campus residence halls. Taub, who grew up in the village of New Square, is grateful to RCC for his education and the opportunity to serve the public. He credits the Rockland BOCES’ Adult Education Program, which works in collaboration with Rockland Community College, for aiding his academic success.
After receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, Taub enrolled at Pace University in Pleasantville on a full scholarship. He expects to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He serves as vice president of the university’s Political Science Club. Taub works as a New York state Certified Yiddish Court Interpreter. He is also a volunteer emergency medical technician with two local ambulance corps.
“If I didn’t have RCC, I don’t know If I would have come this far,” Taub said. “I will forever be grateful for the opportunities they have offered me, and will serve with the purpose of ensuring that those opportunities are available for every high school graduate in this county.”