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PITTSBURGH—Charlene Newkirk, JD, campus president at the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus and Washington County Center, and Mary Frances Archey, EdD, vice president, Student Success and Completion at CCAC, have been selected as delegates to the College Board, the highly respected organization dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Newkirk, who joined CCAC in 2009, will serve as a delegate on the College Board’s Guidance and Admission Assembly. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration. In addition to her work with CCAC, Newkirk served as vice president and dean of the Prince Frederick Campus of the College of Southern Maryland, a regional community college serving St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties.
Newkirk is the chair of both the Thelma Lovette and Centre Avenue YMCA operating boards; a member of the Pittsburgh Y Association Board; a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Mon Valley Providers Council; and the national coordinator of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership Program for Community College Leaders. Additionally, she has served as a member of various Middle States reaccreditation teams; as a Baldrige-trained examiner team member for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Program; and as a grant reviewer for the US Department of Education. She earned a BA in English from Oberlin College and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Archey will serve as a delegate on the College Board’s Academic Assembly. Since joining CCAC in 1986, she has held various positions including interim vice president for learning and student development; coordinating dean for the natural and social sciences; dean of academic affairs at South Campus; and interim senior vice president for Academic Affairs/CEO of CCAC South Campus. Prior to joining CCAC, Archey served as dean of students at West Virginia Northern Community College and assistant professor of Sociology at West Liberty State College.
Archey earned a BA in Social Science Education from the University of Pittsburgh; a MEd in Social Science Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; a doctorate from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration/Counseling; and a graduate certificate from Penn State University in Adult Education/Professional Development. In addition to her work at the college, she is active with the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association; chairs the Personal Growth and Development Committee of a chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma educational honorary society; chairs the Service Committee of a chapter of Beth Sigma Phi social/service sorority; serves on her church women’s service organization; is a member of a numerous professional and community associations; and was selected to serve on the national steering committee for The Democracy Commitment.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates more than 30,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.
About the College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than 7,000,000 students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.