Charlene Newkirk, JD, has served at CCAC since March 2009. She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduating from Westinghouse High School in 1969. In 1974, she received her BA in English from Oberlin College, and then received a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1978. She passed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bar Examination in 1978 and actively practiced law for several years.
Her experience of 30 years in progressively responsible roles as a college administrator at large public research institutions as well as small public and private colleges, combined with her experience in a community college, has made her a well respected and seasoned professional in higher-education administration.
In 2003, Newkirk became vice president and dean of the Prince Frederick Campus for the College of Southern Maryland, a regional community college serving St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties. She had served as a trustee of the newly formed college since August 2000. As vice president and dean, she was responsible for overseeing the planning and construction of the Prince Frederick Campus of the College of Southern Maryland. She oversaw the relocation of the faculty, staff and students of Prince Frederick to the new campus in 2005.
Newkirk has served as a member of various Middle States reaccreditation teams, as a Baldrige-trained examiner team member for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Program and as a grant reviewer for the US Department of Education. Her value as an administrator is demonstrated by her many appointments to boards and committees in her local community as both a member and leader, and by the number of awards she has received.