Union County College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Maris Lown, received the 2014 Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award at Mercer County Community College on May 9.
Mercer County Community College’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) honored seven community college professional women at a breakfast event entitled, “Breaking the Chains through Education.”
Dr. Lown was chosen for this award because she exemplifies the following criteria: provides service to women in the community; mentors other women; inspires other through her leadership; and successfully plans and implements initiatives for women.
Each honoree received the “Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award.” Dr. Donohue, who is president of Mercer County Community College, is also president emerita of the national AAWCC. Dr. Donohue was the driving force behind getting women at Mercer to become involved with the AAWCC and she is a firm believer in recognizing women as leaders.
The American Association for Women in Community Colleges was organized in 1973 and became an Affiliate Council of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC), now the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC). In response to an affirmative vote of the membership, the organization's name was officially changed on April 26, 1993 to the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).
The AAWCC is guided in all of its endeavors by a firm commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges. That commitment is translated into action at the national, regional, state and local levels through AAWCC programs, activities and services.
CAPTION: Dr. Maris Lown (second from the right) with other attendees.