Dr. Mark H. Erickson became the fourth president of Northampton Community on July 1, 2012. His inauguration took place on October 4 during a week of festivities celebrating the 45th anniversary of Northampton's founding.
Dr. Erickson has strong ties to the communities Northampton serves. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership at Lehigh University, where he received the Mathew W. Gaffney Award for Academic Excellence. He served in several important positions at Lehigh including dean of students from 1990-1999, associate vice president and executive assistant to the president from 1999-2001, and vice president for administrative and government affairs from 2001-2005.
In 2005 he was named president of Wittenberg University. During his seven years at the nationally-ranked university he was credited with facilitating the development of new academic programs, expanding international exchange opportunities, and fostering a close and mutually beneficial relationship with the city of Springfield, Ohio.
Dr. Erickson's interest in the presidency at Northampton stemmed from his long-standing admiration for the work of the College and its impact on the community, coupled with a lifelong passion for education and community engagement and his affinity for Northampton's commitment to access, its student-centered focus and its entrepreneurial spirit.
"Northampton is an amazing community," he says, "a place without pretense, grounded in the values of the communities it serves and committed to making a difference. I am honored to be following in the footsteps of the three strong presidents who preceded me and energized by the opportunity to work with its boards, staff, students, alumni and community supporters to write the next exciting chapter in its history."
During his first year in office, Dr. Erickson engaged more than 700 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders in identifying five strategic priorities that will enable the college to respond to student and community needs in a higher education landscape that is changing more rapidly than at any point in Northampton's history. The College will invest in expanding student outreach, increasing student success, deepening community engagement, building a more diverse faculty and broadening global initiatives, and leading in the use of educational technology, with measurable goals and timelines.
As Northampton's chief cheerleader, fundraiser and student advocate, Dr. Erickson serves on the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Lehigh Valley Partnership Board, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Lehigh Valley Early Learning Coalition and the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park Board of Directors.