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Date: May 7, 2003 (03-43)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College President Charlene Nunley
Honored as One of Maryland
’s Top 100 Women
Community College Leader Recognized by Daily Record Newspaper

Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley has, for the second time in three years, been named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2003 by The Daily Record, a statewide business newspaper. The awards program recognizes women of achievement who have made a significant impact in the state of Maryland, particularly in the areas of career success and leadership, contributions to their communities, and their work in mentoring other women.

Dr. Nunley has been president of Montgomery College since January 1999. Prior to becoming president, she served as the college's executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Her distinguished career in educational administration includes academic administration, planning, finance, budgeting, and resource development. She also served Montgomery College previously as a professor of Business Administration and Economics.

“Charlene Nunley is a dynamic and visionary leader who continues to ably guide the college through a very exciting and challenging time in its history,” said Dr. Owen D. Nichols, chair of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. “She is certainly most deserving of this noteworthy recognition.”

Under Dr. Nunley’s direction, the College has developed and implemented the College's appropriate course placement program; launched innovative faculty development initiatives; and created a variety of selective honors programs. These include the award-winning Montgomery Scholars program, a selective admissions program for high-achieving, entering college freshmen, the Macklin Business Institute, for top sophomore business students; and a variety of others, including the Biomedical Scholars program and the Millennium Scholars program for part-time students.

As president of Montgomery College, she has helped to launch the community college into the top five nationally for private fundraising – a feat largely accomplished by the unprecedented attainment in recent years of several $1 million-plus donations from a combination of business leaders, alumni and corporate foundations.

With credit-hour enrollment at an all-time high, the college is currently undertaking two major college expansion initiatives – the long-awaited three-building, $88 million expansion of the Takoma Park Campus into south Silver Spring, which is currently under construction; and a planned bioscience technology and education center on the Germantown Campus, which will include a business park with 1 million square feet of available wet lab and offices space, and a state-of-the-art educational and training facility.

Early planning is also underway for the development of a new science center on the Rockville Campus. Also, in recent years, the college has also opened a new business training center in Gaithersburg and an educational center in Wheaton for the delivery of the College’s fast-growing Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs.

Dr. Nunley was instrumental in spearheading a partnership with the public school system, to enhance students’ preparedness for college. She also worked closely with the University System of Maryland to create the Universities at Shady Grove, a daytime program that now provides the third and fourth year courses for students seeking to fully complete a bachelor’s degree through one of the state universities, without ever leaving Montgomery County.

Dr. Nunley's holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University in Educational Policy Studies, a M.Ed. degree in Higher Education from Penn State University, and a B.A. from Penn State in the Psychology Honors Program. She began her career in education as Coordinator of Institutional Research and instructor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University and served as Director of Institutional Research at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland before coming to Montgomery College.

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