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President Ambar to Receive AAUW Award May 10
Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar has earned the 2011 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gateway to Equity Award from the organization’s Allentown Branch in recognition of her actions and philosophy, which are reflected in the AAUW mission of equality for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive social change. The award will be presented at the organization’s annual banquet on May 10 at Morgan’s Restaurant in Allentown.
“Her career and leadership of Cedar Crest College is an inspiration to us and we deeply appreciate her dedication to the education of women,” said AAUW Allentown President Rosemary Cozzolino.
Ambar is known nationally 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. She came to Cedar Crest after a highly successful stint as Dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was the youngest dean in the University’s history.
Since joining Cedar Crest in 2009, Ambar has launched a comprehensive strategic planning process designed to reaffirm Cedar Crest as a premier liberal arts college for women. Many of the initiatives contained in the plan, including a new School of Adult and Graduate Education, a new multicultural center and several new majors, have already been implemented. Under her leadership, the College has also redefined its mission, dedicating itself to educating the next generation of leaders.
“I am very honored to earn this award from the AAUW, an organization that strives for the advancement of women in much the same way as I have throughout my career,” said Ambar. “Women’s leadership is about cultivating women’s leadership abilities in a comprehensive range of programs and activities, and preparing them to make a difference in the local, national and global communities.”
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, assistant professor at Lehigh University, and they have four-year-old triplets, Gabrielle, Luke, and Daniel.