Dr. Chew's Professional Biography

Dr. Catherine Chew

Catherine Chew became the fourth and first female president of Craven Community College on October 1, 2008.

A progressive career track in higher education including experiences in the university environment and dynamic community colleges in the Northeast, South and Midwest has given her a breadth of knowledge.

She is the author of two best-seller resource guides on career pathways while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was recently selected as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. During her career, regardless of the positions she has held or the places she has lived, Dr. Chew has been a strong advocate of students, an avid promoter of partnerships, globalization and a devotee to professional development.

Dr. Chew is intent on making sure students leave Craven Community College with 21st century knowledge and skills.

Deeply committed to the mission and open access philosophy of the community college, Dr. Chew recognizes institutions such as Craven Community College are one of the nation's most valuable assets.

The College is committed to the American Association of Community College's new 21st Century initiative that is focused on the three R's: Redesign students’ educational experiences; Reinvent institutional roles; and Reset the system.

The College has been serving the residents of Craven County since its official Founders' Day on April 23, 1968.

As President and as servant leader she is committed to serving students, colleagues and the community. She believes as Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Dr. Chew resides in New Bern, North Carolina with her husband who is a retired educator and her rescue dog Izzy. She has one son, who resides in Charlotte. Family and friends are her first priority, along with yoga, nature, travel and the arts.


  • Ed.D Career Education (1991), Dissertation Topic: Female Mentors, Virginia Tech University
  • M.A. Student Personnel (1984), Virginia Tech University
  • B.A. Elementary Education(1977), Tennessee Tech University
  • Mediator's Certificate (1985), Haynes Mediation Institute NYC

Professional Experiences:

  • VP for Academic Affairs (2005 – 2008), Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY
  • Asst. Dean, College of Professional Studies (2004-2005), New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
  • Dean, Business, Technology & Allied Health (1999 – 2003), Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
  • Dean Business, Science & Technology (1997 – 1999), Dallas County Community College District – Cedar Valley, Lancaster, TX
  • Director, Center for Instructional Excellence (1995 – 1997), Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI
  • Coordinator, School-to-Work Programs (1992 – 1995), Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI
  • Project Director, Center on Education and Work (1991 – 1992), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Asst. Director and Instructor, Small Business Management Program (1990 – 1991), New River Community College, Dublin, VA
  • Counselor (1983 – 1990), City of Salem Schools, Salem, VA
  • Teacher (1978 – 1983), Roanoke County Schools