May 07, 2014
Margaret (Mardi) McGuire-Closson, vice president of student affairs at Northampton Community College (NCC), was the speaker at the college's spring commencement on Thursday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Arthur L. Spartan Center, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
McGuire-Closson began her career at NCC in 1987 as director of admissions. She was named dean of students in 1992 and vice president for student affairs in 2006. Prior to joining the NCC staff, she served as director of admissions at Centenary College and as an admissions counselor at her alma mater, Cedar Crest College. In addition to holding a bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest, she also holds a master's degree in education, with a specialty in the administration and supervision of higher education, from Lehigh University.
McGuire-Closson received the NCC Professional Excellence Award in 1990 and the Club Advisor of the Year Award in 2003 and the Chairman's Award in 2004 for her support of the NCC Foundation.
Among her accomplishments at NCC, she revised the freshman orientation program to support students' transition to college, spearheaded the evolution of the freshman success course from one-credit to three-credits, introduced service learning to the College, and oversaw Northampton's entry into the National Junior College Athletic Association.
She has been the driving force behind the student success agenda. From the start of NCC's affiliation with Achieving the Dream, McGuire-Closson has championed the work to help all students reach their educational and career goal.
Approximately 900 students participated in NCC's commencement on May 22.
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