Dean Kelly Schimpf honored by national group

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Dean Kelly Schimpf honored by national group

Salem Community College Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management Kelly A. Schimpf received a prestigious award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. The AAWCC annually recognizes an elite group known as Women Under 40, rising stars at community colleges across the nation who make a difference in the lives of students, their families, colleagues and diverse communities.  

Schimpf attended the award ceremony during the AAWCC’s virtual National Annual Leadership Conference on November 4. Her recognition included an excerpt from the nomination letter from SCC colleague Rissi Stanko: “Her indelible mark on the next generation of SCC’s female leaders is evident in the confidence and professionalism of the young women under her leadership.” 

“I am so humbled by this recognition and I am so grateful to work with such supportive colleagues,” she said. “SCC is truly a special place to be!”

Schimpf was named to her current position on July 1. Previously, she was SCC’s Director of Admissions, since July 2020. She helped lead SCC’s COVID-19 response in implementing seamless virtual services for students.  

Prior to being named Director of Admissions, she served as SCC’s Manager of Retention. In this role, she implemented student retention initiatives, overseeing the Academic Support Lab, and chairing the advising and retention committee.

Schimpf came to SCC from Drexel University, where she was director of recruitment for the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to Drexel, she was admissions communications manager at Wilmington University and held several positions of increasing responsibility in SCC Student Services from 2012 to 2015.  She also teaches business and mathematics part-time at SCC and Rowan College at Burlington County.