MCCC Professor Linda Scherr Honored
With Community College Spirit Award


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- At its annual Trustee Conference on June 16, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2008 Community College Spirit Award to Mercer County Community College Professor Linda Bregstein Scherr for her exemplary service to New Jersey's community colleges. Dr. Scherr, who lives in Plainsboro, is professor of history, and serves as faculty assistant to the vice president for Academic and Student Affairs.

According to Council Chairman Dr. Richard Wellbrock, "Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit - perseverance, dedication and excellence."

Scherr was recognized for her leadership and service as co-chair of the General Education Coordinating Committee, a group of academic officers and faculty that has worked to develop a uniform general education model for New Jersey's 19 community colleges.


Professor Linda Scherr

In September 2007, Gov. Jon Corzine signed a new law that promotes the seamless transfer of New Jersey community college associate degree graduates into baccalaureate degree programs at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the state. "The General Education Coordinating Committee's work will ensure that community college students throughout the state take the right general education courses to smoothly transfer to four-year colleges and universities," Wellbrock added.

"I am thrilled and honored to be recognized for my statewide work on general education," said Scherr. "The new legislation will have a huge impact on our students who plan to transfer to one of New Jersey's public colleges and I am very gratified to have the opportunity to support the transfer framework."

Scherr holds a Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. with Honors in History and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. She has been a member of Mercer's faculty since 1998 and currently teaches Western Civilization and World History. She oversees the college's General Education Program, including curriculum development. In addition, she serves as chair of the Social Science program and formerly served as chair of the Liberal Arts program, the college's largest transfer program. Scherr is also chair of the Honor's Program Council and a member of the Faculty Association Executive Committee.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey's 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The Council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.

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