Carmen Twillie Ambar, J.D., president of Cedar Crest College, was the spring commencement speaker at Northampton Community College. Approximately 900 students received associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in the ceremony on May 23 in the Spartan Center on NCC's main campus.
Under Ambar's leadership, Cedar Crest launched the a School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE), which builds on the College's foundation of more than 40 years of educating adults, offering the programs and support to help busy men and women advance their careers. Additionally, through the College's strategic plan Ambar has overseen the launch of nearly 22 new initiatives focused on global connectivity, creativity and the liberal arts, civic engagement, and health and wellness.
A growing number of NCC graduates transfer to Cedar Crest to complete their bachelor's degrees after earning associate degrees at Northampton.
Since becoming president of Cedar Crest, Ambar has stressed the importance of women's and adult education to area businesses and organizations including the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the YWCA of Bethlehem, and the Rotary Club of Allentown. She has also been very active in community service: illustrating the use of social media to residents of Luther Crest senior living facility, and working with Cedar Crest students to build a Habitat for Humanity house in West Virginia.
Ambar has earned several awards including the 2011 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gateway to Equity Award from the organization's Allentown Branch, and the 2010 Athena Award from the Women's Business Council (WBC) of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Ambar came to Cedar Crest College after a highly successful tenure as dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was the youngest dean in the University's history. Prior to her time at Rutgers, she served as assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. As an attorney, she has also worked in the New York City Law Department as assistant corporation counsel.
She earned her juris doctorate from Columbia School of Law, her master's in public affairs from Princeton University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.