September, 2006

A New Year, a New Partnership, and an Old Friend Returns
Thomas N. Wilfrid, Ph.D.

On August 28, Mercer County Community College began its 40th academic year. By the time the semester's registration is complete, we expect that credit enrollment will exceed 9,000 students, with more than 1,000 of them taking at least one course at the James Kerney Campus. Many thousands more will enroll in noncredit programs at each campus. MCCC serves so many deserving students in so many ways, yet we are constantly working to serve more of them, and to serve them better.

On August 29, I was delighted to join Mari Pearlman, Senior Vice President for Higher Education at Educational Testing Service, in signing a groundbreaking agreement between MCCC and ETS. This new partnership builds upon recent mutually beneficial collaborations, and offers great promise for helping both organizations to move forward. For further details and a photo, read the item about the ETS agreement in this month's eNews.

On August 15 (see photo below), Vice President Beverly Richardson and I hosted a visit to the West Windsor Campus by Henry Drewry, the only living member of the college's distinguished founding Board of Trustees. We plan to honor Mr. Drewry in the near future as part of the college's anniversary celebrations. His most recent book, "Stand and Prosper: Private Black Colleges and Their Students," co-authored with Humphrey Doermann, won the 2001 Association of American Publishers Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Sociology and Anthropology.

MCCC' Vice President Beverly Richardson with founding Trustee Henry Drewry and Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid.