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Date: October 9, 2002 (02-60)
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Montgomery College President Nunley Named Woman of the Year
Community College Leader Honored by Montgomery County Business
and Professional Women

            Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley has been named 2002 Woman of the Year by the Montgomery County Business and Professional Women (MCBPW). She will receive the award at MCBPW’s October 15 dinner meeting at the Doubletree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.       

“We’re pleased to be honoring Dr. Nunley for her visionary leadership which has brought Montgomery College to the forefront of education in the region,” said Ruby Celia, MCBPW’s Woman of the Year chair.

“It is an honor to be recognized for doing work that I love, for an institution that is so instrumental to the business fabric of our county and to our community, as a whole,” said Dr. Nunley. “Montgomery College is in the unique business of ‘changing lives’ and it is my privilege to serve its students and the greater college community, every day.”

Dr. Nunley has been president of Montgomery College since January 1999. Previously, she served as the College's executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and held a variety of other administrative posts. She also was a professor of business administration and economics at the College.                     

Under her direction, Montgomery College has implemented faculty development initiatives; developed and implemented the College's appropriate course placement program; created an award-winning honors program for entering freshmen; constructed several new instructional and high technology facilities; and launched the Information Technology Institute.  Also, the College has forged unique partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress; and significantly enhanced partnerships and relationships with the public school system, business leaders, and community groups.

Dr. Nunley led the design and implementation of a unique model of partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools to improve student preparation for college. She also helped to spearhead the creation of the Universities at Shady Grove, which has brought the availability of daytime, third and fourth year programs from the state's universities to the University of Maryland Shady Grove Center. This has made it possible for college students -- including those transferring from Montgomery College -- to complete a traditional four-year college education, without ever leaving the county.

As president, she has been instrumental in securing several unprecedented private gifts to the college in excess of $1 million each, and has helped to catapult Montgomery College into the top five nationally in private fundraising among community colleges.

Under Dr. Nunley's leadership, the College is currently embarking on an $88 million capital project to expand the Takoma Park Campus into south Silver Spring, with the addition of a new health sciences center and cultural arts center, among other enhancements. The Germantown Campus, meanwhile, has just begun planning for the creation of a new biotechnology education center, in conjunction with a county and state-supported science and technology business park, to be modeled after the nationally recognized Shady Grove Life Sciences Center.

In 2001, Dr. Nunley was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, a Baltimore-based business newspaper.        

Montgomery College is one of the largest and oldest community colleges in Maryland, serving both the county and the region since 1946. The College has three primary campuses, at Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park, and Workforce Development & Continuing Education centers at Gaithersburg and Wheaton. It enrolls more than 50,000 students annually in a combination of credit and non-credit, continuing education programs and serves a diverse student body of all ages and backgrounds, and from as many as 170 different nations.

 MCBPW is an organization of business and professional women who work to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and research.

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