Title: Academic Administrator
Company: Mercer County Community College and Rowan University
Location: Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, PhD, academic administrator at Mercer County Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in community college administration.
Dr. Donohue is a teacher and academic administrator currently serving as the president of Mercer County Community College and adjunct faculty at Rowan University. A natural leader with a talent for helping others learn, Dr. Donohue holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and continued her education at the University of Missouri, earning a Master of Arts in 1974 and her Doctor of Philosophy in 1982. While completing her doctoral studies, Dr. Donohue served as the University of Missouri’s affirmative action coordinator, and she remained with the school as an institutional research associate until 1984. She spent two years as the director of institutional research at Lakeland Community College before being named assistant dean of academic affairs for the departments of mathematics, engineering, and technology at Harrisburg Area Community College in 1986. Dr. Donohue was named dean of the college’s school of business, engineering, and technology in 1989, and in 1993, she rose to become dean of the Harrisburg Area Community College’s Lebanon campus and Vice President of Community Development and External Affairs for the entire college.
From 1993 until 2002, Dr. Donohue served as the vice-chancellor of education for St. Louis Community College. During her term, she also served briefly as the acting president of the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis County Community College, preparing her for her next position as president of the Luzerne County Community College, where she would excel until 2007 when she accepted her current roles. Dr. Donohue is passionate about the opportunities that community colleges offer to students and faculty and feels that her work in higher education is a natural extension of her desire to help others. She considers her greatest accomplishments and professional legacy to be the number of people that she has had the opportunity to mentor into academic leadership roles, as well as her work with the National Institute of Leadership Development and the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, early support and education networks for professional women in academia. Dr. Donohue is the recipient of dozens of awards in recognition of her achievements and service, most recently the American Association for Women in Community Colleges’ 2015 National Board Award and Phi Theta Kappa’s Michael Bennett Lifetime Service Award. As a part of her commitment to community development and human services, she dedicated many years to supporting local Scouting organizations and remains active as the endowment chair for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs and president of the Clearwater Alumnae Panhellenic.
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