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Date: December 10, 2002 (02-75)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College President Nunley Named One of County’s Greatest
Women’s Commission Designates Her Along with Barton, Carson, Hawn

Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley has joined the likes of Clara Barton, Rachel Carson, Goldie Hawn, and Olympian Dominique Dawes in a 30th anniversary quilt created for the Montgomery County Commission for Women.  An image of the quilt, featuring 30 women of historical significance to Montgomery County, and an archive with information about their lives and contributions will be housed on the Commission’s Web site.

The Commission selected women who have lived a significant part of their lives in Montgomery County and whose accomplishments have been important to their fields, who were “first women” in their professions, or whose lives contributed significantly to the betterment of the community. 

The quilt was created by fiber artist Anne Sanderoff-Walker, president of the Commission for Women.  It was unveiled, and the archives Web site launched, at a Dec. 9 ceremony marking the grand opening of the Commission’s new women’s counseling center at 401 North Washington Street in Rockville, where the quilt will be on permanent display. 

            Dr. Nunley, whose gold square on the quilt features the Montgomery College seal, is the College’s first woman president.  Under her direction, MC established new faculty development initiatives; developed an 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. The College also forged partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.           

            Dr. Nunley helped form a unique partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools to improve student preparation for college and helped spearhead the creation of the Universities at Shady Grove, which brought daytime, third-and fourth-year programs from Maryland’s public universities to the University of Maryland Shady Grove Center.

           As president, Dr. Nunley helped secure several unprecedented private gifts in excess of $1 million each, catapulting Montgomery College into the top five nationally in private fundraising among community colleges.

            Under her leadership, the College has embarked on an $88 million expansion of the Takoma Park Campus into South Silver Spring.  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.

            Dr. Nunley was named 2002 Woman of the Year by Montgomery County Business and Professional Women (MCBPW) and in 2001, was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record, a Baltimore business newspaper. 

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