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MCCC President Patricia Donohue, PASS Director Khalida Haqq, and James Kerney Campus Registrar Margarita Leahy Awarded by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges

5/14/10

West Windsor, NJ: Mercer County Community College’s president, Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, and two professional staff members, Dr. Khalida Haqq, director of Programs for Academic Services and Success, and Margarita Leahy, registrar at the James Kerney Campus, were recently recognized with awards from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).

Dr. Donohue, of Hamilton, who is past president of the AAWCC, received the Carolyn Desjardins CEO of the Year Award for Outstanding Service and Support. “Dr. Donohue has contributed time, energy, passion and leadership to the national board of AAWCC for more than two decades, serving in positions from regional director to president,” said AAWCC President Dr. Cynthia A. Bioteau when presenting the award. “She has supported the establishment of new AAWCC chapters and helped existing chapters in programming and service… She has sponsored and mentored more than 50 women for national leadership training.”



MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue and James Kerney Campus Registrar Margarita Leahy hold one of the awards the college received from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

Haqq and Leahy were presented with a Model Program award for developing and implementing a program at Mercer called “Equip Women for Growth: A Peer to Peer Mentoring Program.” The nine-month initiative provides an opportunity for women to serve as mentors and mentees, to connect and to communicate ideas and information. “The mentoring curriculum provides the structure and flexibility for unique peer to peer relationships,” Leahy said. “Participants have a guide which helps them create professional goals and work on leadership skills.”

More information about the AAWCC is available online at www.aawccnatl.org/

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