Vice President Beverly A. Richardson Retires
James Kerney Campus Learning Center Renamed For Her

5-27-09

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Dr. Beverly A. Richardson, vice president of college advancement at Mercer County Community College and long-time provost at the college's James Kerney Campus in downtown Trenton, is retiring this month after 28 years of service. During her tenure the James Kerney Campus student population more than doubled, and Dr. Richardson secured grant funding for numerous new initiatives to better serve an urban population.

In recognition of her accomplishments, Board Chair William E. Coleman Jr. announced during the college's commencement ceremonies on May 21 that the MCCC Board of Trustees voted to rename the James Kerney Campus Learning Center the "Dr. Beverly A. Richardson Learning Center."

Dr. Richardson has worked actively in efforts to revitalize Trenton, and serves on many boards and commissions. She will continue her service on the national College Board and on the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Board, and plans to teach education and sociology classes as an adjunct faculty member at Mercer. For the next year she will be a participant in the American Association of Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative.


MCCC Vice President Beverly A. Richardson retires after 28 years of leadership at MCCC.

Joining the college in July as vice president of college advancement will be Mellissia Zanjani, who is currently vice president of institutional advancement at Tacoma Community College in Washington State. She has served as director of development and alumni relations at Harford Community College, and as a program director for the American Lung Association of New Jersey. She held a variety of positions at Towson University and Chatham University.

Ms. Zanjani is a candidate for her Ph.D. in Adult Higher Education and Administration at Oregon State University. She earned her MS in Human Resource Development from Towson University and her BA in Political Psychology from Chatham University. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Board President William E. Coleman, Jr. announces the "Beverly A. Richardson Learning Center."

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