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Salem Community College in New Jersey names Michael Gorman its eighth president

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Michael Gorman named president of Salem Community College

The Salem Community College Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Dr. Michael R. Gorman as its eighth president. Gorman, the superintendent of the Pemberton Township Schools in Burlington County, will succeed the retiring Joan M. Baillie.

“The Board is thrilled that Dr. Gorman will become the next president,” said Vice Chair Dorothy Hall, who chaired the search committee. “His educational leadership in several southern New Jersey school districts over the past 34 years will be a tremendous asset in working with College stakeholders to move the institution forward.”

"Dot Hall and I appreciate the diligent work of the search committee and the Board of Trustees, as well as the input from the College community during this thorough process,” said Board Chair John Ashcraft. "I'm proud of everyone's genuine commitment to SCC's future."

“This is an honor and a privilege to be selected to serve the Salem County learning community as the president of SCC,” said Gorman. “The county and the College are truly the hidden gems of New Jersey.”

A Pennsville resident, Gorman has served as the Pemberton superintendent since 2007. Under his leadership, the district became the first in the state to obtain Middle States Association of Schools district-wide accreditation. In addition, he has nurtured enrollment growth through school-choice programs and unique school options with the military communities from the Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst which have boosted enrollment. He opened the Pemberton Early Childhood Center in 2011, now serving more than 600 students.

Previously, Gorman was superintendent of Glassboro Public Schools (2002-2007) and deputy superintendent at Salem County Vocational Technical Schools (2000-2002). While at SCVTS, working with the academy programs, he fostered an alignment with Salem Community College through the College Acceleration Program, facilitating several students obtaining an associate degree in tandem with their high school diplomas. Gorman started his administrative career as an assistant principal for four years at Woodstown High School and principal of Pennsville Memorial High School for 15 years.

He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University, a master’s of education from Temple University, a bachelor’s degree from Widener and an associate degree from Burlington County College.

The presidential search attracted 49 candidates. The other two finalists were Dr. Steady Moono, vice president and chief administrative officer of Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Pottstown, Pa. and Dr. Stephen Nacco, vice president of administrative services and executive assistant to the president at Union County College in Cranford, N.J. The three finalists each spent a day on campus meeting with students, faculty, staff, community members and the Board of Trustees.
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