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Date: February 13, 2004 (04-17)
Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College President to Give Keynote Address at Women’s Fair
Dr. Charlene Nunley to Speak March 27 in Silver Spring

            Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College, will be the featured speaker at the 2004 Montgomery County Women’s Fair on Saturday, March 27, at Montgomery Blair High School, 51 E. University Boulevard, Silver Spring. 

The Women’s Fair, dedicated to serving the needs and interests of women in Montgomery County and the metropolitan area, features exhibits, workshops, and presentations.  This year’s fair, entitled “Fairy Tales, Facts and Fantasy,” is planned and organized by more than 21 volunteer organizations and independent individuals.  The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Dr. Nunley scheduled to speak during the 10:30 a.m. program. 

Dr. Charlene Nunley recently marked her fifth anniversary as president of Montgomery College, Maryland’s largest and oldest community college.  She became the first woman to lead the college in January 1999, after serving previously as the College’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. 


Under Dr. Nunley’s leadership, the College has created a variety of selective honors programs, including the award-winning Montgomery Scholars program and the Macklin Business Institute, among others. It has also formed a unique partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and has become one of the top five community colleges nationally in private fundraising.  Dr. Nunley was also instrumental in spearheading a partnership with the public school system to enhance students’ preparedness for college and in launching the Universities at Shady Grove, which provides opportunities for full-time, daytime students to complete bachelor’s degrees programs within Montgomery County.

She has been recognized twice by The Daily Record, a statewide business newspaper, which named her as one Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2003 and 2001.  In 2002, Montgomery County Business and Professional Women (MCBPW) named Dr. Nunley as the Woman of the Year, and that same year, the Montgomery County Commission for Women named Dr. Nunley as one of the top 30 women in Montgomery County’s history. 

Dr. Nunley holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University in educational policy studies, a M.Ed. in higher education from Penn State University, and a B.A. from Penn State in the psychology honors program.

For more information or to register for the 2004 Montgomery County Women’s Fair, call 301-649-5551 or visit  The cost of the event is only $15 for registrations received before March 12.  On-site registration costs $20.  

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.