West Windsor, NJ: On Thursday, May 26, Dr. Richard Greenfield, who served as Mercer County Community College president from 1966 to 1975, will return to the college and present the keynote speech at Commencement ceremonies. On Friday the college will host a reception in his honor at the Conference Center. All who knew and worked with Dr. Greenfield are invited to attend.
In 1962, after Governor Richard J. Hughes enacted a new law governing the establishment of county colleges in New Jersey, a new Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Richard K. Greenfield as president. His first commission was to guide the college through its transition from Trenton Junior College to Mercer County Community College. The first order of business for Dr. Greenfield and the college’s trustees was to develop a master plan for the future, and to find a site for a new campus. They chose the 290-acre site in West Windsor where the campus is now located, and the new campus was dedicated in September of 1972.
The trustees were also committed to continuing education in downtown Trenton, and in July of 1972, the Trenton Center moved to the Kelsey Building (now housing Thomas Edison State College). The James Kerney Foundation later donated an acre of land at the corner of Academy and North Broad Streets, and our new downtown facility was completed in 1976.
Dr. Greenfield is a historian who served in the military for three years, then earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and his master’s and doctorate from Columbia University. He taught and served as dean at community colleges in New York, and was president of Sullivan County College before being tapped by MCCC.
The nine years that Dr. Greenfield served as president were a critical period of growth and change. The college grew tremendously, began many new programs and services, and became the center for education in our county.
After Mercer, Dr. Greenfield transferred his energies to St. Louis Community College, and became Chancellor of the St. Louis Community College district. He later moved to New York City and became director of a consortium for international studies located at the United Nations Plaza.
To attend the May 27 reception please contact Amy at 609-570-3293 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.