“There has never been a more important moment to be dedicated to and engaged in women’s education and in connecting our students to the world beyond our gates.”

Carmen Twillie Ambar
Cedar Crest College

Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Public Invited to Inauguration of Carmen Twillie Ambar as Cedar Crest College’s 13th President

Allentown, PA (October 13, 2009)—Carmen Twillie Ambar will officially be installed as the 13th president in the 142-year history of Cedar Crest College on Friday, October 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Lees Hall. During the program—which is free and open to the public—Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees Chair Susan Hudgins will administer the oath of office, which will be followed by an inaugural address from President Ambar. The program will include delegates from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In her first year, President Ambar launched a comprehensive strategic planning process designed to reaffirm Cedar Crest as a premier liberal arts college for women. Under her leadership, the College has redefined its mission, dedicating itself to educating the next generation of leaders. She has energized and inspired the campus, unleashing creativity around women’s education and leadership in all corners of the campus. There has been a rethinking of student life to create a more seamless integration with academic affairs; faculty and staff have proposed a number of exciting new initiatives; and a new vision statement, articulating the College’s aspirations for the future, expresses the community’s optimism as the College looks to its sesquicentennial.
During the inaugural address, Ambar will highlight achievements of her first year in office and Cedar Crest’s future direction, including:

  • The value of a women’s college education
  • The College’s focus on women’s leadership
  • Cedar Crest’s commitment to the liberal arts
  • The College’s strategic plan
  • The creation of living-learning communities
  • The expansion of study-abroad opportunities/global education
  • The addition of more graduate programs

Ambar, who recently began her second year as president of Cedar Crest, came to the campus after a highly successful stint as Dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was the youngest dean in the University’s history. Previously, she served as assistant dean for graduate education at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Before her work in higher education, she served as an assistant corporation counsel in the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of New York from 1994-98.
President Ambar is nationally known for her record of accomplishment in higher education and, in particular, her commitment to women’s education. She is widely recognized for her efforts in promoting women’s global leadership across all areas of the student experience. During her time at Cedar Crest College, she has been highly visible in bringing this and other critical messages to the campus as well as area businesses and organizations, including the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its Women’s Leadership Initiative, the YWCA of Bethlehem, and the Rotary Club of Allentown.

Ambar has received numerous awards and gubernatorial appointments for her work in higher education and in the community, including the Woodrow Wilson School’s Edward P. Bullard Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is also an honorary inductee to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Ambar holds a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from the Edmund A. Walsh School at Georgetown University, a master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. She is married to Dr. Saladin Malik Ambar, visiting assistant professor at Lehigh University, and they have two-year-old triplets, Gabrielle, Luke, and Daniel.

Inauguration attendees are invited to celebrate with President Ambar at a brief reception immediately following the ceremony. Pre-registration is required. To register for the inauguration and reception or for information go to www.cedarcrest.edu/register, or call 610-740-3791.


Located in Allentown, PA, Cedar Crest College was recently selected as a Top 10 Women’s College in the United States by Forbes. The nationally ranked liberal arts college is committed to the education of women leaders in an increasingly global society. Founded in 1867, Cedar Crest currently enrolls approximately 1,900 students—full-time, part-time and graduate—in more than 30 fields of study.