Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar to Address Northampton Community College Graduates

Carmen Twillie AmbarCedar Crest College President, Carmen Twillie Ambar will address the 2013 graduates of Northampton Community College on Thursday, May 23 in the Spartan Center on Northampton Community College’s main campus. President Ambar said that her address will stress the importance of education, its transformative nature and what it can do for a family’s trajectory.

“I’m excited to address the students because Cedar Crest’s partnerships with community colleges are so important,” said President Ambar. “We know the quality of the education community colleges provide and value the students that come from these schools to Cedar Crest each year.”

Each year, Cedar Crest accepts a large number of community college graduates interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree or certificate.

Under Ambar’s leadership, Cedar Crest launched the new School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE), which builds on the College’s foundation of more than 40 years of educating adults, offering the ultimate in programs and support to help busy men and women advance their careers. Additionally, through the College’s strategic plan Ambar has overseen the launch of nearly 22 new initiatives focused on global connectivity, creativity and the liberal arts, civic engagement, and health and wellness.

During her time at Cedar Crest, Ambar has stressed the importance of women’s and adult education to area businesses and organizations including the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the YWCA of Bethlehem, and the Rotary Club of Allentown. She has also been very active in community service, illustrating the use of social media to residents of Luther Crest senior living facility, and working with Cedar Crest students to build a Habitat for Humanity house in West Virginia.

Ambar has earned several awards for her support of women including the 2011 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gateway to Equity Award from the organization’s Allentown Branch, and the 2010 Athena Award from the Women’s Business Council (WBC) of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Ambar came to Cedar Crest College after a highly successful tenure as dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was the youngest dean in the University’s history. Prior to her time at Rutgers, she served as assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. As an attorney, she has also worked in the New York City Law Department as assistant corporation counsel.

She earned her juris doctorate from Columbia School of Law, her master’s in public affairs from Princeton University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.