I know I speak on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Middlesex County College community in saying how horrified and deeply saddened I am at the unconscionable, despicable acts of violence perpetrated against members of the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Jewish community and all who mourn loved ones who lost their lives that day. Such senseless acts of violence, inspired by ignorance and hatred of the other, tear at the fabric of our society.
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Dr. Mark McCormick began serving as Interim President of Middlesex County College (MCC) after the College’s sixth president, Joann La Perla-Morales, retired from the College in June 2018. Prior to that, Dr. McCormick served as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at MCC. Among other achievements, Dr. McCormick led the effort to develop a one-stop student services center – incorporating admissions, registration, financial aid, veterans services, advising, career and transfer services, and student accounts into one location. In collaboration with faculty and staff at MCC, he has developed new academic programs as well as transfer agreements with numerous four-year colleges and universities and an Early College partnership with East Brunswick High School that provides a pathway for eligible students to earn an Associate Degree while in high school.
Dr. McCormick is the first person in his family to earn a college degree and holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, and a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Davidson College. He has worked in higher education for over 30 years, including as Vice President for Academic Services at Salem Community College, Dean of the Division of Business and Technology at Mercer County Community College, and as a faculty member at Mercer, Community College of Philadelphia, and Peirce College.
Dr. McCormick is firmly committed to the mission of community colleges and their ability to provide accessible, affordable, high quality credit and non-credit programming. According to Dr. McCormick, “Higher education has the power to transform lives, and we who serve in community colleges witness daily the positive effects that earning an Associate Degree or an industry credential has in the lives of our students.” Dr. McCormick is thankful that Middlesex County College is located in a county and state that support public education and embrace diversity and is proud to work alongside the amazing faculty and staff at MCC who embody the College motto: Success Starts Here.