A New Year, a New Partnership, and an Old Friend Returns
Thomas N. Wilfrid, Ph.D.
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
Vice President Beverly Richardson with founding Trustee Henry Drewry
and Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid.