PHOTO: Brookdale Board of Trustees vice chair Tracey Abby-White (l-r), Brookdale President Maureen Murphy, new trustee Francis Bret Kaufman, and board chair Carl Guzzo Jr. stand together during the board’s Nov. 20 meeting in Lincroft. Photo by Brookdale Community College.

LINCROFT, NJ – Engineer, construction professional and decorated Army veteran Francis Bret Kaufman was sworn in as a member of the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees on Nov. 20 during the board’s monthly meeting in Lincroft.

A resident of Spring Lake and a graduate of Manasquan High School, Kaufman graduated from West Point military academy in New York in 1979. He went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army, earning a medal for valor for his service in Grenada in 1983. After retiring as an army captain, Kaufman earned a master’s degree in finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Over the last three decades Kaufman has worked as an engineer, contractor and certified home inspector, founding two companies and serving as vice president for a third. He served as president of the American Society of Home Inspectors’ New Jersey chapter from 2005 to 2015, and currently runs the inspection company Kaufman Consultants, LLC, based out of Madison.

Kaufman has been appointed to serve a four-year term as a Brookdale trustee. Addressing his fellow board members on Nov. 20, Kaufman said he hopes to use his knowledge of facilities, finance, business and management for the good of the Brookdale community.

“I hope to live up to each of your expectations and contribute in a meaningful way as a member of this board,” Kaufman said. “I will give it my absolute best effort.”

Kaufman replaces former trustee Charles Karcher, a Red Bank-based attorney who served on the board from April 2012 through October 2015.