“Westfield’s County College” will be the topic of the next talk in the Anne and Lee Hale Speaker Series at Westfield Memorial Library.

Dr. Margaret McMenamin, president of Union County College, will detail the role of the institution in her speech scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the library at 550 East Broad St., Westfield.

The first female president at UCC, McMenamin is overseeing an agenda tied to revitalizing student services and strengthening advising and counseling as keys to the school’s commitment to student success.  She also is partnering with the college’s faculty in a bid to improve learning and teaching.

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The first community college in the state, UCC now has campuses in Cranford, Plainfield, Scotch Palins and Elizabeth. More than 40,000 students are enrolled in credit, non-credit, and continuing education classes.

McMenamin assumed the president’s post in 2010 after serving as executive vice president and acting president at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.  She previously taught at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Temple University, McMenamin was awarded a master of science degree from the University of Scranton and a doctorate in educational leadership from Lehigh University. She serves on the boards of Trinitas Hospital, Union County Performing Arts Center, and other local organizations.

The speaker series is named after Anne Hale, a Westfield resident and library patron who passed away in 2007, and her husband, Lee Hale, who died earlier this year. Lee had been instrumental in organizing the series that gets its major funding from the Thomas Glasser Foundation and the Lee and Anne Hale Fund. The speeches are hosted by the Friends of Westfield Memorial Library.

 The 2013 edition kicked off with Ex-Giants’ quarterback Dave Brown’s speech in February, and talks will be given next fall by Martin Robins, former director of the Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute at Rutgers, and Big Band leader David Aaron.

The McMenamin talk is open to the public but pre-registration is required by calling the library at 908-789-4090 ext. 0 or by registering online at wmlnj. or (click on Online Calendar).