Dr. Carolyn Bortz appointed vice president
Dr. Carolyn Bortz has been appointed vice president for academic affairs at Northampton Community College (NCC). She moves into this position after serving the College as the dean of Allied Health and Sciences division since 2004. She will assume her new position in July.
Bortz earned a BSN in nursing from Bloomsburg University (1983), an MSN in nursing from DeSales University (1990) and an Ed.D. in higher education administration at Widener University (2014).
Her doctoral dissertation was Women Community College Presidents: Organizational Culture's Influence on Breaking the Glass Ceiling.
Before coming to NCC in 2000, Bortz was the executive director and home health services director of the Visiting Nurses, Northeast; on the nursing faculty at NCC and a staff nurse on the oncology/medical-surgical unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, where she also served as a clinical instructor, a clinical nurse facilitator and a staff nurse on the vascular surgical unit. She was a substitute school nurse for the Parkland School District.
She was selected in 2001 to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development, an international program for administrators and faculty in higher education. She was instrumental in establishing a satellite site for the practical nursing program in Monroe County. In 2003, Bortz led the nursing department through a reaccreditation process/visit performed by representatives from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Under Bortz's leadership, NCC formed a collaboration with St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network to establish a Surgical Technology program and to set up a collaborative dental clinic at the Fowler Family Southside Center. Bortz developed a variety of new allied health/science programs, including sports medicine: athletic training, public health, medical assistant, and licensed massage therapy.
She has received numerous awards, including the NCC Staff Excellence Award.
"Dr. Bortz emerged as the first choice [for vice president] not only because of her nineteen years of experience as faculty, program director and dean at NCC, but also because of her collaborative style, her passion for students and for learning," says Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC.