Moultrie Observer


April 10, 2012

Thomas U. announces commencement speaker

MOULTRIE — Dr. Gloria Nemerowicz, founder and president of the Yes We Must Coalition: College Success for All, will serve as the keynote speaker during Thomas University’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5.

The Yes We Must Coalition is a non-profit organization of 27 small, private, non-profit colleges and universities across the U.S., including Thomas University. Yes We Must seeks to raise public awareness, share resources, collect data and fundraise together in order to improve graduation rates for under-served students.

Before launching Yes We Must, Dr. Nemerowicz served for 15 years as president of Pine Manor College, a private four-year college for women in Chestnut Hill, Mass. While there she refocused the college on “inclusive leadership and social responsibility,” which became the educational mission and the guiding organizational principle of the college. To increase access, tuition was lowered by 34 percent, financial aid was increased and partnerships with numerous community groups were formed. Enrollment increased by 70 percent. Dr. Nemerowicz raised $2 million to $3 million annually for College operations, endowment and capital projects. She also helped conceptualize and implement the first Capital Campaign in 11 years.

Before joining Pine Manor College, Dr. Nemerowicz served for three years as the founding Executive Director/ CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. The Institute extended the mission of Wells College, which is the education of women for leadership, to diverse audiences of women and their organizations.

Dr. Nemerowicz also served at Monmouth College in Long Branch, N.J., as a tenured faculty member, Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, and College Vice Provost/Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.

For her leadership in promoting diversity, Dr. Nemerowicz received the Arnold Z. Rosoff Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in 2005 from the Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Ad Club. She was also inducted into the YWCA-Boston’s Academy of Women Achievers, Class of 2005. In November 2009, she was among the “Women of Excellence” recognized by Germaine Lawrence Inc.

Dr. Nemerowicz is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National College Access Network and the Advisory Board for College Unbound-Big Picture Schools. She has received honorary doctorates from Heritage University in 2011 and from Pine Manor College in 2011.

She is the author of “Children’s Perceptions of Gender and Work Roles” (1979). Dr. Nemerowicz co-authored “Professionalism in Unpaid Work” with JoAnn Gora in 1989 and “Education for Leadership and Social Responsibility” in 1997 with Eugene Rosi.

Dr. Nemerowicz earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate, all in sociology, from Rutgers University.

Thomas University’s Commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Ben Grace Historic Quadrangle on the campus of Thomas University.


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