Joe Delmar takes helm of SCC Foundation

Salem Community College Foundation Chair Joe Delmar relates with SCC students and appreciates their desire to earn a degree or certificate. 


“For many of them, they are juggling school, work and, most importantly, family obligations,” he said.  “I worked my way through school and understand their struggle.  We have a responsibility as a board to provide them with the tools and resources they need to be successful.”

Delmar, who is Manager of Communications for PSEG Nuclear, succeeded Ceil Smith on July 1 after three years as Vice Chair.  He has led the Board’s scholarship committee and chairs the 2013 Drive for Education golf tournament that will benefit the SCC Scholarship Fund. 


“As someone with more than 20 years of public relations experience, I want us to be proactive and a bigger resource for the students and the College,” said Delmar.  “Students need to know that the Foundation offers dozens of scholarship opportunities. We need to keep talking about the scholarships we offer while also drawing more attention to our students’ successes.”


How does he encourage individuals and businesses to support SCC students through the Foundation?  “These are tough economic times for everyone,” he said.  “But even the smallest contribution makes a difference. I’ve met students who we have helped and it’s so impactful. There’s the personal satisfaction of helping someone as well as making our community stronger. If SCC didn’t provide educational opportunities, where would our community be? I work with several SCC graduates each day. I don’t know where our organization would be without them.”  


A volunteer for several organizations, Delmar credits his parents for motivating him to reach higher and be proactive. “They encouraged me to go to college and do what I do today,” said Delmar, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master’s from Rowan University.  “I was raised to stand up for what I believe in. Sometimes this has gotten me into some trouble but I have no regrets. You need to stay true to yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.”


Delmar and his wife, Laurel, always look forward to the SCC Foundation Gala, which has raised nearly $600,000 for scholarships since 2002.  “It’s a chance to relax and have some fun for a great cause,” he said.  “There’s also the adrenaline rush of competing against so many friends during the silent auction!  It often turns into an expensive night if you really want something.  Of course, it’s all for a good cause!”


He also looks forward to the Foundation’s Drive for Education golf tournament on Oct. 23 at Town and Country Golf Links in Woodstown, but offers no predictions on how he’ll fare.  


“My golf game is a work in progress because I’ve only really been playing for five or six years now.  Each year, I’m getting better. But I don’t take it too seriously.  It’s all about getting out and having some fun. In regards to predictions, we’ll raise a lot of money -- making our students all winners.”