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President’s Biography

Judith Gay, Ph.D., Interim President at Community College of Philadelphia, is actively involved in education at both national and local levels.Dr. Gay was hired by the College in June 2000 as Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Board of Trustees named her Interim President in September, 2013.

Prior to Dr. Gay’s arrival, she served as Division Chair at Montgomery County Community College; Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Chestnut Hill College and as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College.

Under her leadership in Academic Affairs, the Division has engaged in data-driven decision-making to ensure broader student success. It created the College’s first two academic master plans, which lay out strategic directions and foster a student-centered climate. It strengthened curricular offerings by adding in-demand certificate and degree programs and expanding online courses, which offer flexibility, affordability and convenience. Faculty strengthened general education requirements and developed a model for assessment of student learning outcomes.

It also has added new articulation agreements and dual admission partners to provide seamless transfer options to university-bound students. Dr. Gay worked with the City and community partners to bring the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program to Philadelphia. Additionally, programming on the College’s award-winning educational cable station has been enriched and expanded, as faculty members and College staff host community interest programs and share expertise with wider audiences.

A member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education from 1997-2005, Dr. Gay actively promoted excellence in higher education as well as processes for review, analyses and evaluation on the nation’s college campuses. The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that seeks to instill public confidence in higher education by enforcing accreditation standards via peer evaluators and institutional self-reviews. Dr. Gay held key leadership positions, serving as Vice-Chair of the Commission and later, as its Chair. As a Commissioner, she was responsible for taking accreditation actions, reviewing committee reports, approving policy changes, reviewing and approving the organization’s budget.

Dr. Gay, a member of several nationally-known educational organizations, was among the first appointees to the American Council on Education’s Leadership Commission, serving a one-year term in 2012, the year it was established. In March 2013, she was reappointed to a three-year term.  Commission members provide guidance and advice on the design and implementation of programs, review issue briefs and other publications, in addition to making presentations at workshops and national conferences. In addition, she has been Chair of the Higher Education Committee for the Philadelphia Academies, Inc.; Vice Chair of the Board for IPRAXIS; Board Member for the Philadelphia Education Fund; and Advisory Committee Member for Chestnut Hill College.

Active in the community, she is on the Board of Directors for Interim House, a nonprofit agency that provides a continuum of comprehensive services to women with substance abuse and mental health issues. She currently serves as the board’s First Vice President.
Dr. Gay holds a B.A. in psychology from Findlay College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.