CRANFORD – Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) recently honored Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin at its Salute to the Policy Makers 2012 Awards Dinner held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. Currently in its 32nd year, EWNJ holds the biennial fund-raising event to recognize women of professional distinction in New Jersey.
“Since its founding in 1980, EWNJ has championed the advancement of women to their most senior levels of international corporations, non-profits, and public service firms. At this year’s ‘Salute to the Policy Makers’ event, we celebrated the professional accomplishments of 36 exceptional New Jersey executives,” said EWNJ President-Elect and 2012 Salute Dinner Chair Keitha M. Lackey. “It is my honor and pleasure to have served as Chair for this year’s gala, which served a dual purpose: Honoring an outstanding group of women and benefiting an excellent cause.”
Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin is President of Union County College, the first woman president in the 79 year history of the institution. She has set forth an aggressive agenda centering on improving student success outcomes, strengthening advising and counseling, and partnering with faculty to improve teaching and learning. Dr. McMenamin graduated cum laude from Temple University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy, earned an M.S. from the University of Scranton, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. In 1984, she began teaching at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania and rose through the ranks to Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
In 2005, Dr. McMenamin became Executive Vice President of Education at Brookdale Community College. From November 2009 to April 2010, she was Acting President of Brookdale. Dr. McMenamin has served as an adjunct professor of Education at Rowan University, associate consultant for Noel-Levitz, Inc., and Middle States Site Visitor. She has been involved with numerous professional and community organizations, including the Temple University Board of Visitors, Trinitas Health, UCEDC, Elizabeth Development Company, and the Union County WIB.
Wells Fargo Regional President Lucia DiNapoli Gibbons served as the event’s honorary dinner chair. Kay Koplovitz, Founder of USA Networks and Chairman of the Board, Liz Claiborne, Inc. spoke at the event. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie served as this year’s Distinguished Honorary Dinner Chair.
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