Mary Ellen Duncan, Ph.D.

Mary Duncan

Title: President (Retired)
Company: Howard Community College
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Mary Ellen Duncan, Ph.D., Retired President at Howard Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration and higher education.

An esteemed figure in the fields of academic administration and education, Dr. Duncan most recently served as the president of Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, a position she held for 10 years between 1998 and 2008. Prior to this role, she served in the same capacity for the State University of New York at Delhi from 1991 to 1998 and as interim president at Community College of Baltimore County from 1989 to 1990, having also served the college as dean of planning and development from 1988 to 1989 and again from 1990 to 1991. The former dean of the Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC, from 1987 to 1988, she formerly served the technical college in myriad capacities, including as director of institutional development, director of the Eastern region, instructional associate for the Action Center, and instructor between 1975 and 1992. She commenced her career as an instructor in English and Latin at the West Islip School District in New York between 1963 and 1971.

During her tenure at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dr. Duncan authored “Indicators of Institutional Effectiveness: A Process for Assessing 2-Year Colleges” in 1989. Surprisingly, she never intended to delve into academic administration; however, due to her desire to implement positive changes in her environment and community, she took on increasingly responsible roles within the educational system. She reflects back on her years at Howard Community College as some of her career highlights, as she was able to take charge of the facility and transform it into the prestigious college it appears today.

A member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, she has also been a member and longtime legislative liaison of the National Council for Resource Development since 1990. In light of her outstanding contributions to education, she was the recipient of a Merit Award from the South Carolina Women in Higher Education in 1985, and a John Fry Award and Merit Award from the American Association of Community Colleges in 1981 and 1982, respectively. Highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women, Dr. Duncan has held a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University since 1963, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Connecticut since 1973 and 1982, respectively.

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