History of the Office

kstout   Dr. Karen A. Stout was the College's fourth President. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware. She completed postgraduate study at Harvard University. Prior to assuming the Presidency, Stout served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Services and the Rohrer Campus CEO at Camden County College in New Jersey and served at two community colleges in Maryland. She is currently the President & CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., (ATD) the national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement across U.S. community colleges.

College Timeline

2014: College celebrated 50th Anniversary.

College earns Achieving the Dream’s prestigious Leah Meyer Austin Award.

The College is one of 17 community colleges from across the country selected by the Walmart Foundation to participate in Job Ready, Willing and Able Initiative (JRWA) to help train America’s workforce.

College President, Dr. Karen A. Stout hosts 500th Episode of MCCC On The Air.

The College is among six institutions in the country to receive the 2014 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature—a national non-profit organization that works to create a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education.

Montgomery County Community College and Kutztown University signed a “reverse transfer” agreement on Aug. 20 — the first agreement of its kind between a community college and a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (State System) university.

Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) opens retail bakery café in Towamencin Township.

The College is the first community college in the country to achieve the bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) designation from league of American Bicyclists.

Montgomery County Community College Foundation launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise $9 million for student scholarships.

2013: Culinary Arts Institute opened

2012: Celebrates 25 years of Lively Arts Series

Enters partnership with the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area (SRHA) in creating the Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center in Pottstown

College breaks ground for new Culinary Arts Institute in Towamencin Township

Launches Virtual Assistance Certificate of Completion, and Office Administration AAS Degree Concentration

2011: Earned National Second Nature Award for Climate Leadership

Chronicle of Higher Education names College, "Great College to Work For"

College enteres into a Guaranteed Energy Services Agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. for the implementation of a self-funding energy conservation project

Parkhouse Hall renovation completed

College holds its first-ever Relay For Life

Founding President, Dr. Leroy Brendlinger passes away

Dr. Jill Biden delivers 2011 Commencement Address

2010: 140 College Drive parking lot project completed

Launches new AA Dance Degree Program

Launches Online Orientation for e-Learning

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies opens

Launches Transportation Shuttle pilot between Blue Bell and Pottstown Campuses

IT Center with Help Desk Opens at West Campus

2009: Became certified GED Testing Center at West Campus

Fine Arts Center renovation of the existing Art Barn completed

Named to "National Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs

2008: Re-Launched Mustangs Intercollegiate Athletics Program

2007: Advanced Technology Center opened on Central Campus

Auto Technology Program expanded to Pottstown in partnership with Pottstown High School

Became IT Apple Authorized Training Center

Dedicated pedestrian underpass in Pottstown, connecting the two West Campus buildings for the first time

Entered into partnership with Bucknell University and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

2006: Automotive Technology Program moved to MACS in Lansdale

Launched GED Prep Course in conjunction with Workforce Investment Board

Launched POWER Program for people in mental health recovery

North Hall opened on the West Campus

Participated in first-ever Alternative Spring Break Program

2005: Launched Home Care Aide Certificate Program

Ran first-ever Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy

2004: Chartered Phi Beta Lambda National Business Honors Society chapter

2003: Launched Chef Apprenticeship Program

Launched comprehensive Honors Program

Launched Health Career Programs in Radiography, Surgical Technology and Medical Assisting

Launched Paraprofessional in Education Program

2002: Honors Program was established

Launched Biotechnology Program


World Timeline

2014: Russia kicks off the costliest Olympic Games (2014 Sochi Winter Olympics) in history with an opening ceremony filled with music, floats and a light show using the most advanced technology available.

In an unanimous vote, the Supreme Court rules that police need a warrant to search the cellphone of anyone that they arrest.

A police officer shoots and kills Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

A Canadian soldier is shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada's capital. Nearby, gunfire erupts inside the Parliament building. A gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, is killed as police rush to evacuate and secure the building.

More than 13 years since the twin towers were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, One World Trade Center opens for tenants in lower Manhattan. The new building is 1,776 feet high

In a prime-time, televised speech, President Barack Obama announces he is taking executive action to delay the deportation of some 5 million illegal immigrants.

2013: Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement, becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to a baby boy. The baby is born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces. He is later named George Alexander Louis. He will also have the title His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and is be third in line to the throne, following Prince Charles and Prince William.

Nelson Mandela dies at age 95, after a lung infection and several months of ill health.

The Supreme Court rules that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

An enormous category 4 tornado hits several cities in Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Moore, and Newcastle. Moore is hardest hit. The city's Plaza Towers Elementary School is flattened. At least 24 people are killed in the storm. 

2012: February 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (as well as the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of Commonwealth)

London hosted the Summer Olympics for the third time in its history – the only city to have done so on this many occasions.

The Pentagon announces that women will now be permanently assigned to battalions. Many women already serve in those battalions due to demand in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new ruling only makes these job assignments official and upholds the ban on women serving in combat.

Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Atlantic City, N.J., and is re-classified as a post-tropical cyclone. New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut are hardest hit by Sandy. Eight million people lose power as a result of the storm. Sandy has caused at least 132 deaths and an estimated 82 billion in damages, making it the second costliest hurricane in the United States, behind Katrina. 

2011: National Football League Shuts Down

Three Billion Watch Prince William Marry Kate Middleton

Massive 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Devastate Japan

Hurricane Irene Hits the East Coast

Month-long Occupy Wall Street Movement Continues to Grow

2010: 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Devastates Port-au-Prince, Haiti

34 Rescued from Chinese Mine

Senate Confirms Supreme Court Nominee, Elena Kagan

2009: Bank of America purchases Merrill Lynch to save it from bankruptcy

Claiborne Pell, former U.S. Senator and chief sponsor of Pell Grants, dies

Provincial Elections Held in Iraq

Iceland Swears in First Female Prime Minister

2008: California raises minimum wage to $8 an hour

Markets Plunge Around the World

Federal Reserve Slashes Interest Rates

Polar Bear Designated as Threatened

Barack Obama Is Elected President

2007: Arctic Ice Cap melting faster than expected, 30 years ahead of predictions

Tony Blair resigns as prime minister of the United Kingdom

The minimum wage in the U.S. increases to $5.85, up from $5.15; first increase in 10 years

2006: Bill and Melinda Gates join the Rockefeller Foundation to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa

President Bush agrees to landmark nuclear energy agreement with India

The International Astronomical Union reclassifies Pluto as a dwarf planet

2005: George W. Bush is officially sworn in for his second term as president

Pope John Paul II dies

Hurricane Katrina wreaks catastrophic damage on the Gulf Coast

2004: Serb police clash with 30,000 protesting Albanians in Kosovo

Gay marriages begin in Massachusetts, the first state in the country to legalize such unions

Enormous tsunami devastates Asia; at least 225,000 killed

2003: President Bush asks Congress for $87 billion to fight terrorism

Space shuttle Columbia explodes, killing all seven astronauts

The United States and Britain launch war against Iraq

2002: U.S. Senate passes economic stimulus bill

The euro currency debuts in 12 European countries

Queen Elizabeth II of England marks 50 years as monarch

Bush signs legislation creating cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Sweitzer   Dr. Edward M. Sweitzer was the third College President. He served from 1988 until he died in 2000. He earned his BA from Millersville College and his MA and doctorate from the University of Maryland. He held academic and administrative positions at Northern Virginia Community College before coming to the College as the Dean of Academic Affairs in 1983. During his tenure as President he oversaw the College's expansion into Pottstown.

College Timeline

1996: West Campus in Pottstown opened

1990: First time in history, College closes to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1988: Lively Arts Series introduced

World Timeline

1996: Osama bin Laden is driven out of Sudan under pressure from the Clinton administration

Congress passes welfare reform bill

Clinton appoints Madeleine Albright as first female U.S. Secretary of State

1990: World Wide Web debuts, popularizes Internet

East and West Germany reunited

1988: The Soviet Union announces it will participate in the Seoul Summer Olympics

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Phantom of the Opera opens at Broadway's Majestic Theater
Dr. Watters  
Dr. Edmond Watters served as the College's second president from 1981 to 1987. He earned his BS, MA and EdD from Lehigh University. Prior to becoming President, he served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Williamsport Area Community College (now Pennsylvania Technical College), and as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Montgomery County Community College.

College Timeline

1983: "International Club" and "Writers Club" established

College's radio station, WRFM, undergoes renovations

1982: Science Center goes under major renovations

World Timeline

1983: Apple Computer announces the Lisa computer; first commercial personal computer

Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for first time

1982: Permanent artificial heart implanted in human for first time in Dr. Barney B. Clark
Dr. Brendlinger  
Dr. Leroy R. Brendlinger served as President of the College from its founding in 1964 to 1981. He earned a BS in Education from West Chester College, MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and doctorate from Temple University. Prior to becoming President he was the Principal of Plymouth Township Schools and Supervising Principal for Lower Pottsgrove Township.

College Timeline

1980: Women's Basketball team wins first-ever Pennsylvania Women's Basketball Championship

1972: The Central Campus in Blue Bell opened

1971: Conshohocken declares November 1-6 "Montco Week"

"Film Making" course offered to students

1969: College's first "Information Center" opens on 5th and Harry Streets

1966: The College began serving the community from its initial location in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

1964: Montgomery County Community College was founded

World Timeline

1980: John Lennon Assassinated

Mount St. Helens Erupts

1972: The Queen Mary, the world's largest ocean liner, sinks in Hong Kong harbor

President Nixon departs on this historic 10-day trip to China

1971: Twenty-sixth Amendment to U.S. Constitution lowers voting age to 18

The Nasdaq stock market index debuts

Tobacco advertisements are banned on radio and TV in the United States

1969: Stonewall riot in New York City marks beginning of gay rights movement

Apollo 11 astronauts take man's first walk on the moon

Sesame Street debuts

1966: U.S. cigarette packs are issued warning labels

Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for California Governor

1964: President Lyndon Johnson declares a War on Poverty

Plans are unveiled for a World Trade Center in New York