Mark McCormick, J.D., Ed.D., is a passionate and persistent advocate for student success with over thirty years’ experience working in two-year colleges. He served as a faculty member for 18 years and held senior leadership positions at Mercer County Community College and Salem Community College before his appointment as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Middlesex County College (MCC). He currently serves as MCC’s President.
Dr. McCormick has significant experience in curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation. In collaboration with faculty and staff, he has led successful initiatives to improve student outcomes in the areas of retention and completion. At MCC he supported faculty in streamlining the pathway through developmental courses, reducing the time to completion for many students. Dr. McCormick has championed the development of a wide array of degree programs in high-demand fields. He increased enrollment of working adults with an accelerated weekend college program. He also expanded college enrollment opportunities for high school students by creating an early college program in which students may earn an associate degree while in high school.
Dr. McCormick is especially proud of numerous innovative partnerships with industry. At Mercer he established a pathway to high-paying jobs at PSE&G that began in high school and involved paid internship experiences that often led to employment upon graduation. At Salem he responded to the needs of the glass industry in south Jersey by offering a short-term training program for entry-level employees that was funded by the County and the state.
Dr. McCormick is an effective communicator who believes in transparency and seeks to foster a sense of community among faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, exemplified by his popular weekly Friday Memo that highlights student activities and the achievements of MCC students, faculty and staff, and alumni.