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Marie McDemmond to Speak to Susquehanna University Graduates

Published on May 3, 2010

Marie McDemmond portraitSELINSGROVE, Pa.—Marie V. McDemmond, interim dean of Florida International University’s College of Education, chair of the Lumina Foundation for Education and president emeritus of Norfolk State University (NSU), will address an anticipated 430 graduates of Susquehanna University at commencement services May 16. The event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the field house of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex.

The ceremony follows a baccalaureate service at 10 a.m. in the Weber Chapel auditorium and a commencement luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center’s Evert Dining Room.

McDemmond was president of Norfolk State University from 1997 to 2006, and was professor of education at the school for five months thereafter. Previously she worked at Florida Atlantic University, where she served first as chief operating officer and later as vice president for finance for the university and its seven campuses. Other positions McDemmond has held at educational institutions include vice president for budget and finance at Atlanta University, associate vice chancellor for administration and finance and budget director at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, assistant vice president for finance at Emory University, and director of finance for the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. Adding to her financial and managerial experience, McDemmond served as acting deputy director for administration and business officer at the Bronx Psychiatric Center, Bronx, N.Y.

McDemmond received her bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and her master's degree from the University of New Orleans. She did additional graduate work in public finance and management at the State University of New York at Albany and received her doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees.

McDemmond has been president of the Council of Minority Educators in Massachusetts' Public Colleges and Universities, the New England Minority Women Administrators and the Florida Association for Women in Education. She also was a board member and president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers and the first African American woman to head any of the regions of the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers, on whose board she served. She is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta national sorority.

McDemmond has been a member of the board of directors for the American Council of Education's Commission on Women in Higher Education, the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, the College Board, the Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae), the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, the United Way of Greater Hampton Roads and the Urban League of Hampton Roads. She has served on the board, since its inception in 2000, of the Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation that helps people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school.

McDemmond taught for more than 15 years in Wellesley and Bryn Mawr colleges' Project HERS and has published articles in many professional journals. She consults and speaks on topics ranging from financial management to leadership and has testified before Congress on budgeting for the digital divide among Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the need for student financial aid.

A recipient of many awards and honors, McDemmond received the Women's Achievement Award of Hampton Roads for 2005, and Dominion's Strong Men & Women "Excellence in Leadership" and the YWCA South Hampton Roads Woman of Distinction awards for 2004. She was honored with the Pioneer Award by the Outstanding Professional Women of Hampton Roads for 2000 and was selected Administrator of the Year by the National and the Virginia Association of Educational Office Professionals. McDemmond served as Virginia's civilian aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army for Virginia. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Millennium Leadership Institute has named its leadership lecture for her and established a $32 million state-funded research center, named in her honor, on Norfolk State's campus.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones


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