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CCC Vice President Honored with Community College Spirit Award


The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) has awarded its 2011 Community College Spirit Award to Camden County College’s vice president for academic affairs in recognition of her outstanding service to New Jersey’s two-year institutions of higher education. Since 1993, the award has gone to those whose work personifies perseverance, dedication and excellence – the characteristics embodied by community colleges, their employees and the students they serve.


Margaret Hamilton of Sicklerville was recognized by NJCCC for her leadership in coordinating the ACCUPLACER Validity Study, a statewide examination of common placement-test scores at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. She also was instrumental in accumulating and reviewing data for the two-year schools in regard to their meeting the requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. In addition, she served on NJCCC’s Course Review Committee, which works to determine which community college courses are eligible for state funding.


Hamilton’s 23-year career at CCC began when she was hired as allied health and nursing coordinator and assistant dean for science in 1988. Her other positions have included dean of the Division of Mathematics, Science and Health Careers, curriculum/instruction assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, assistant vice president for human resources, associate vice president for administrative services and acting vice president for academic affairs. She was appointed to her current position in 2007.


Hamilton also has taught various nursing and health career courses at CCC, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers University, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing and Gloucester County College. In addition to her classroom and administrative work, she has been an editorial advisor for the peer-reviewed journal Nurse Educator and has served as an academic consultant for program review and new program development.


In 2000, she received a Dean’s Citation from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Health Related Professions for her exemplary work in developing academic partnerships for allied health programs in New Jersey. Hamilton was acknowledged for her collaborative efforts in creating a CCC degree program that recognizes the credentials of state-certified paramedics and gives college credits for their previous training. At the time, this was one of the first community college programs in the nation to recognize the credentials of paramedics.


Hamilton earned her doctor of philosophy in nursing science degree from Widener University. She also holds a master of science in nursing degree from the University of Delaware and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Published: November 18, 2011