Title: Academic Administrator
Company: Mercer County Community College
Location: Hopewell, New Jersey, United States
Carol Keeney McCollough, Assistant to the President at Mercer County Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.
Now retired after a long and successful tenure in education, Ms. McCollough began her career in 1960 as an English teacher at Mountain Lakes High in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. She transitioned to higher education, teaching English at Barrington College in Barrington, Rhode Island, and then at Eastern College and Villanova University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. After moving to New Jersey with her family, Ms. McCollough found success as the Director of the Resource Center for Learning Ministries for the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) In Montclair, New Jersey between 1975 and 1981. Then she moved into administration at Princeton University, first in the Department of Physical Planning, then as the Assistant Dean at the School of Engineering, and ultimately as the Manager of the History Department. After ten years at Princeton University, she made the transition to Mercer County Community College as an Associate Professor of English and the Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and ultimately to the President, retiring after ten years in 2000.
Involved with a broad range of civic organizations over the years, Ms. McCollough originally founded and served as the Chairperson of the Network of Directors of UCC Resource Centers from 1977 to 1979. She later served on the Board of Directors of the Central Atlantic Conference in Catonsville, Maryland and the New Jersey Council of Churches. She served various roles in her local church in Princeton as a deacon, trustee, and moderator. While residing in the Philadelphia area, she sang in the Singing City Choir that performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was the first choir to perform “Messiah” in Israel. She has also sung with Princeton Pro Musica since 1975, performing major classical works. She and her husband Charles became trainers of leaders for the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1980, leading retreat seminars all over the United States, including Hawaii, as well as Germany.
An alumna of Southern Methodist University, Ms. McCollough received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education, cum laude, in 1959, followed by a Master of Arts in English in 1960. She received the prestigious “M” Award for outstanding scholarship and community service at SMU and was elected to Mortar Board, Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honorary) and Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honorary). She also was elected president of Kirkos (a service honorary) and of her sorority Gamma Phi Beta. She later did postgraduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary between 1979 and 1981. and was commissioned as a Lay Leader in the United Church of Christ. She has maintained her membership with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Council of Education’s National Identification Program for Women.
Ms. McCollough wrote an adult curriculum in 1983, titled Always Growing Up!. During the same year, she co-authored with her husband a curriculum for integrating environmental issues with outdoor ministries, Lifestyles of Faithfulness. Since retirement she and her husband have collaborated on writing eight books and doing presentations on combining religion and the arts, ‘Faith Made Visible,’ using sculptures by her husband, Rev. Dr. Charles McCollough. They have traveled extensively taking their presentations and sculptural exhibits throughout the United States, Germany, Australia, Scotland, Denmark, and the Czech Republic.
A 1960 graduate scholar of Southern Methodist University, Ms. McCollough is also a celebrated Marquis listee who has been showcased in the fifth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, as well as the 18th, 19th and 22nd editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
Coming from a family of educators and musicians, in Ms. McCollough’s present career, she has been able to combine her long-held passions at the professional and civic levels. Ms. McCollough holds membership with the New Jersey Council of Churches, Church and Ministry Commission of the New Jersey Association of the United Church of Christ, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Association of United Church Educators, American Federation of Teachers and New Jersey American Council on Education. She sits on the board of directors for the Central Atlantic Conference United Church of Christ, and previously sat on the board for Princeton Pro Musica and is a former chairperson of the Network of Directors of Resource Centers in the United Church of Christ. Looking ahead, Ms. McCollough plans to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in her newly restored 1840 house and farm in Hopewell, New Jersey, where she enjoys organic gardening, winemaking and hosting poetry readings and art shows. As a testament to her career accomplishments, Ms. McCollough is also listed in the fifth edition of Who’s Who in American Education and the 18th, 19th and 22nd editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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