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Candidate: Dr. Mark McCormick

Candidate: Dr. Mark McCormick

Dr. Mark McCormickDr. Mark McCormick currently serves as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ, a post he has held since August 2014. McCormick served as a tenured faculty member at Peirce Junior College in Philadelphia, PA, and Community College of Philadelphia before becoming a dean at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ, in 2004. In addition to his current executive-level administrative position, McCormick also served as Vice President for Academic Services and Chief Academic Officer at Salem Community College in Carneys Point, NJ, and as Acting Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Mercer.

McCormick has forged strong internal and external relationships in his career, including with K-12 school districts, other colleges and universities, and businesses and industry. Such partnerships have resulted in the development of new dual enrollment and middle college programs with area high schools, new career ladders with vocational-technical schools, new articulation agreements and joint degree programs with four-year colleges and universities, and a wide variety of innovative collaborations with industry that have resulted in new degree and customized training programs, internship opportunities, and donations of gently used high-tech equipment. His grants experience includes securing a $1.7M U.S. Department of Labor grant, several six-figure U.S. Department of Education grants, and numerous grants in the $50,000-$200,000 range. He has also successfully negotiated contributions from private donors exceeding $1M in total. He has led planning initiatives for reaccreditation, institutional effectiveness, strategic plans, enrollment management, assessment of learning outcomes, and development of an academic master plan. He has overseen capital construction projects and held responsibility for continuing education, grants, information technology, institutional research, a Fire Academy, a high-tech business incubator, off-campus locations, as well as all aspects of credit instruction, enrollment management, and student affairs. He has always been active in the community he serves, including serving on the county Executive Superintendent’s roundtable, county’s shared services commission, local chambers of commerce, sustainability consortia, and the boards of local non-profit organizations such as United Way.

McCormick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Davidson College in 1980 and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1984. He is in the dissertation phase of a Doctor of Education degree program in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania and is planning to defend his dissertation later this spring.