Resume of Catherine Chew


President     2008 - Present
Craven Community College, New Bern, NC


  • Spearheaded the creation of the College's Strategic plan entitled Many Voices One Vision: Craven 2015.
  • Launched Foundations of Excellence Self Study/First Year Experience Program, and comprehensive marketing/outreach plan.
  • Enhanced partnerships with military, businesses, non-profits and educational institutions to better serve students in the community.
  • Revitalized the Foundation Board and initiated the Community Fabrics Awards event and VIP Ambassador program.
  • Initiated a campus facility plan including renovations and a state-of-the-art Emergency Management System.

Vice President for Academic Affairs    2005 - 2008
Orange County Community College, Middleton, NY


  • Authored the college's first Academic Master Plan 2005-2010 revitalizing programs, curriculum and laboratories; instituted a comprehensive Annual Report to assess accomplishments.
  • Initiated the Global Initiative to create greater multicultural understanding and an interdisciplinary focus across the curriculum.
  • Collaborated on plans and construction of an $87 million branch campus in Newburgh, NY and a $1.2 million Gilman Center for International Studies.

Assistant Dean, College of Professional Studies    2003-2005
New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ


  • Oversaw the Small Business Incubator, a revitalization effort for the West End Bayside Project; supervised the Small Business Development Center.
  • Partnered with Brookdale and Ocean County Community Colleges to offer bachelor degree programs at the jointly formed Communiversity location.

Dean, Business, Technology & Allied Health    1999 - 2003
Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA


  • Fostered interdisciplinary collaboration to assess communication and math skills across the curriculum culminating in shared rubrics.
  • Designed accelerated and flexible programs in International Business, CIT, Nursing, Electronics and Office Technology with business/industry partners.

Dean, Business, Science & Technology    1997 - 1999
Dallas County Community College District – Cedar Valley, Lancaster, TX

Director, Center for Instructional Excellence Coordinator, School-to-Work Programs    1992 - 1997
Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI

Project Director, Center on Education and Work    1991 - 1992
University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

Assistant 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, VA


Virginia Tech University – Blacksburg, VA

Ed.D Career Education (1991)

Dissertation Topic: Female Mentors

Virginia Tech University – Blacksburg, VA

M.A. Student Personnel (1984)

Tennessee Tech University – Cookeville, TN

B.A. Elementary Education (1977)

Haynes Mediation Institute – New York City, NY

Mediator's Certificate (1985)


  • AACC's Global Education Commission, 2010 - Present
  • ACCT Presidents Advisory Council, 2009 - Present
  • New Bern Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2009 - Present
  • Havelock Chamber of Commerce Board, Jan 2012 - Present
  • NC Symphony Board, 2009 - Present
  • Swiss Bear Board of Directors, 2008 - Present
  • Craven County Economic Development Task Force, 2011 - Present
  • Havelock Military Alliance, 2008 - Present
  • New Bern Military Alliance, 2008 – Present
  • Allies for Cherry Point Marketing and Public Relations Committee 2012-Present
  • Craven Alliance for Arts and Culture 2011-Present
  • Coastal Women’s Forum 2009- Present


  • German Fulbright Scholar (2012)
  • Women of Achievement Award (General Federation of Women's Club of NC 2011)
  • Executive Leadership Institute Fellow (League for Innovation 2001)
  • Kellogg Fellow Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges (League of Innovation 1996)
  • Celebrating Generations of Women Leaders Award (Virginia Tech University 1996)


  • Eastern Regional Management Academy Reviewer, Monmouth University, NJ, 2005
  • School-to-Work Transition: Resources for Counseling, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995
  • Tech Prep and Counseling: A Resource Guide, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993
  • A Case Study of the Characteristics and Functions of Female Mentors, Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech University, 1991

PRESENTATIONS (Selected Sample)

Association of Community College Trustees Annual Conference, Dallas, TX (2011)

    Title – Transforming a College: Bold Action and Board Support

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (2007)

    Title – The Global Initiative: Latin American – Connecting Cultures and Curriculum

Learning Innovations Conference sponsored by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges Boston, MA (2002)

    Title – Creating a Masterpiece: The BEST Lab

Learning Innovations Conference sponsored by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges Atlanta, GA (2001)

    Title – Seizing the Moment: Learning, Leadership & Laughter

Consulted and conducted workshops/seminars in 20 states on school reform (1991-1996)