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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin
Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin is the President of Union County College, the 1st of New Jerseys 19 community colleges, founded in 1933. Since her appointment as President in July 2010, Dr. McMenamin has set forth an aggressive agenda centering on improving student success outcomes. She is revitalizing student services, strengthening advising and counseling, partnering with faculty to improve teaching and learning, and engaging the entire campus community in the process of mission review to renew their collective commitment to student success.


Dr. McMenamin began teaching as an instructor at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA in 1984. She rose to full professor, program coordinator, Interim Dean of Allied Health and Social Science, Dean of Faculty, and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Lehigh Carbon. In 2005, Dr. McMenamin was named Executive Vice President of Educational Services at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. From November of 2009 to April 2010, she served as Acting President of Brookdale.


Dr. McMenamin attended Temple University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She earned a Master of Science from the University of Scranton and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Dr. McMenamin has served as an adjunct professor of Education at Rowan University, associate retention consultant for Noel-Levitz, Inc., and was recently elected to serve as a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


She is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges President's Academy Executive Committee, International Commission for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Board, and the Temple University College of Health Professions & Social Work Board of Visitors.


Dr. McMenamin is involved with numerous community organizations, including the Boards of Trinitas Hospital (Elizabeth, NJ), Union County Performing Arts Center, Plainfield (NJ) Salvation Army, Union County Economic Development Corporation, Union County Crime Stoppers, Elizabeth Development Company, Union County Workforce Investment Board, and Union County Alliance.