Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin has been named one of New Jersey’s 2014 Best 50 Women in Business. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, was sponsored by Wells Fargo, WithumSmith+Brown, PC, Comcast Business, and Wolff & Samson PC.
The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision making in her company.
An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.
“We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to recognize this outstanding group of women.” said Thomas Curtin, publisher of NJBIZ. “As business and community leaders, they are constantly redefining success within and outside the business arena. On behalf of NJBIZ, we would like to thank and congratulate these 50 outstanding women for their dedication to New Jersey’s future.”
NJBIZ and the program sponsors honored this year’s winners during an awards ceremony on Monday, March 24, 2014, at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. The honorees will also be highlighted in a special supplement to NJBIZ on March 31, 2014.
Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin is President of Union County College, the first woman president in the 80 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, Union County Economic Development Corporation, Elizabeth Development Company, and the Union County Workforce Investment Board. Most recently, in October 2013, Dr. McMenamin was elected to be a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She will serve a three year term that will run through the end of 2016.
Image: Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel congratulates Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin on her award.