The American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), Mercer Chapter, has selected Dr. Bette M. Simmons, vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Management at County College of Morris (CCM), as a recipient of its 2011 Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award.
In addition to that award, Dr. Simmons has been named the recipient of the 2011 Leadership Morris Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of “her distinguished leadership in helping to improve the lives of citizens in Morris County.” Leadership Morris is a professional development program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce designed for recognized business and community leaders and professionals identified for future leadership responsibilities.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Community Affairs Unit also has selected Dr. Simmons as one of its honorees for its 4th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration.
In March, she was named a “Pillar of the Profession” by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in recognition of her many accomplishments in the field of student development and success.
Dr. Simmons began her career in higher education at CCM in 1980 as assistant to the dean of students. She steadily rose through the ranks at CCM, having held the positions of counselor, assistant to the president and affirmative action officer, and assistant dean of student development. She was named to her current position of vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Management in 2005.
In that position, she is responsible for supervising the staff and programs in Academic Advisement, Admissions, Athletics, Campus Life, Career Services and Cooperative Education, Counseling Services and Student Success, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Health Services, Records and Registration, and the Women’s Center.
Included among her other awards and distinctions, Dr. Simmons is the recipient of the Morristown Neighborhood House Distinguished Volunteer Award (2010), the Morris County Phenomenal Woman of the Year (2009), Thiel College Distinguished Alumni Award (2008), the Alpha Kappa Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Award for outstanding contributions to the growth of the chapter (2007), the NASPA Latino/a Knowledge Community Award for outstanding support and encouragement of Latinos in higher education (2007), the New Jersey College Health Association Award in support of the promotion of college health (1998), and the Displaced Homemaker Network of New Jersey, Inc. Award for outstanding contributions to women and families (1995).
Dr. Simmons earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French from Thiel College, her master’s degree in counseling and human services from Montclair University, and her doctorate in higher education administration from Seton Hall University.