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NCC Announces Spring Commencement Speaker

Welcome Dr. Welsh, President of ESU

Marcia Welsh, Ph.D., president of East Stroudsburg University (ESU), will be the speaker at Northampton Community College's (NCC) spring commencement, onPresident Welsh Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Arthur L. Spartan Center, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. More than 900 students are expected to graduate.

Dr. Welsh became the first female president of ESU in July 2012.

Since assuming the presidency of ESU, Welsh has implemented many new university initiatives such as an administrative council, and summer school and enrollment management task forces. Under her leadership, ESU helped to unveil the Philadelphia Multi-University Center, established collaborative degree programs with the Commonwealth Medical College and Marywood University and the College of Sport and Health Science at Ritsumekan University in Japan. She also announced the launch of LYME-AID, the first commercial licensing agreement of faculty/student research at ESU and within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; opened a new Student Veterans' Center; hosted ESU's first Economic Outlook Summit to raise awareness of economic development initiatives in Monroe County; and supported a partnership with Pocono Medical Center to train ESU students and volunteers to act as health coaches.

Her regional and local community involvement includes service on the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Buck Hill-Skytop Musical Festival Board. As president of ESU, Welsh is a member of the Marine Science Consortium Board of Directors, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.

She earned her undergraduate degree in physical sciences and master's degree in anatomy from Colorado State University and her doctoral degree in anatomy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Welsh began her academic career as an assistant professor in the department of anatomy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, rising through the ranks to professor and chair of her department before being named associate provost and dean of the graduate school. Later in her career she was chosen senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of Adelphi University. She went on to become the provost of Towson University and its interim president during 2011.

She has published numerous articles in academic journals and made presentations at national conferences.