Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin is the President of Union County College, the first of New Jersey’s 18 community colleges, founded in 1933. Since her appointment as President in July 2010, Dr. McMenamin has set forth an aggressive agenda centering on improving student success outcomes. She has revitalized student services, strengthened advising and counseling, partnered with faculty to improve teaching and learning, and has engaged the entire campus community in renewing their collective commitment to student success.
Dr. McMenamin began teaching as an instructor at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA in 1984. She rose to full professor, program coordinator, Interim Dean of Allied Health and Social Science, Dean of Faculty, and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Lehigh Carbon. In 2005, Dr. McMenamin was named Executive Vice President of Educational Services at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. From November of 2009 to April 2010, she served as Acting President of Brookdale. Dr. McMenamin attended Temple University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She earned a Master of Science from the University of Scranton and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.
Dr. McMenamin is the Immediate Past Chair of the Presidents’ Council of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and is a Commissioner and is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She has served as an adjunct professor of Education at Rowan University and associate retention consultant for Noel-Levitz, Inc., and she is currently a member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ President’s Academy Executive Committee, International Commission for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Executive Committee.
Dr. McMenamin was the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She is involved with numerous community organizations, including the Boards of Trinitas Regional Medical Center (Elizabeth, NJ), Union County Performing Arts Center, Union County Crime Stoppers, Elizabeth Development Company, the Union County Workforce Development Board, and the NJTV Advisory Board.