Dr. Michael Gorman

Dr. Michael Gorman

President, Salem Community College and Chair of NJ Community College Presidents

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Dr. Michael R. Gorman became Salem Community College’s eighth president on August 1, 2015.  The SCC Board of Trustees elected the Carneys Point, N.J. resident after a nationwide search.  

At Salem Community College, Dr. Gorman has worked to improve and expand programs and partnerships.  He has become “the face of the College” in the greater community, spreading the message that SCC is an affordable, quality, and empowering educational opportunity.  

Dr. Gorman supports several initiatives in Salem County, including the Business Education Committee and the Economic Development Council.  He serves on the boards of the Salem County Vocational-Technical Schools’ Educational Foundation, Stand Up for Salem, the Salem Medical Center, the Salem County Chamber of Commerce and the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation. He chaired the Chamber’s board until December 2019 and was president of the Rotary of Penns Grove from July 2019 through December 2021.  

He was honored with the 2017 Salem County Vo-tech Educational Foundation Leadership Award.  The $25,000 raised that evening created a scholarship in his name.  The first Michael R. Gorman Scholarship was presented in June 2017 at the Vo-Tech’s honors ceremony.    

Previously, Dr. Gorman served as superintendent of the Pemberton Township Schools in Burlington County, New Jersey for eight years.  Under his leadership, the district became the first academic community in the state to obtain Middle States Association of Schools districtwide accreditation.  In addition, he nurtured enrollment growth through school-choice programs and unique school options with the military communities from the Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst which have boosted enrollment.  He opened the Pemberton Early Childhood Center in 2011, now serving more than 600 students.  In 2014, he was honored as the Superintendent of the Year for Burlington County and Central New Jersey. 

Prior to overseeing Pemberton’s schools, Dr. Gorman was superintendent of Glassboro Public Schools (2002-2007) and deputy superintendent of schools at Salem County Vocational Technical Schools (2000-2002).   While at SCVTS, working with the academy programs, he fostered an alignment with Salem Community College through the College Acceleration Program, facilitating several students obtaining an associate degree in tandem with their high school diplomas.  Dr. Gorman started his administrative career as an assistant principal for four years at Woodstown High School and principal of Pennsville Memorial High School for 15 years.    

He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University, a master’s of education from Temple University, a bachelor’s degree from Widener and an associate degree from Burlington County College.